Eb Alto saxophone   

As for the Tenor, clear options have been made: 7 different tip openings combined with different facings. The efficiency has been privileged maintaining a real “Alto” character. It gives the player the flexibility to make it play the way HE wants.

Openings Comparative Chart

1/1000 inch
1/100 mm

70
178
72
183
75
190
80
203
85
216
88
224
90
229
92
234
95
241
100
254
105
267
110
279
112
284
115
292
120
305
128
325

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Mouthpiece
- A
185
- A
205
- A
225
- A
235
- A
255
- - A
285
- - A
325
Meyer 5 - 6 7 8 - 9 - - 10 11 12 - - - -
Otto-Link 5* 6 6* 7 - 7* - 8 8* 9 9* - 10 10* 11*
Bari - 72 77 82 - 87 - - - - - - - - - -
Vandoren A27 A5 A25/6 A35/7 A45/8 - A9 - - A55 A75 A95 - - - -
  1. A185 is a 1.85 mm tip opening (72/00”) equivalent to the traditional “5”/“5*” opening. Combined with a medium short facing length and a progressive facing curve. Very stable with enough flexibility to vary sound colors, fast response.
    Best fit with 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 reeds, Jazz cut as well as Classical cut.
  2. A205 is a 2.05 mm tip opening (80/00”) equivalent to the traditional “6” opening. Combined with a short facing length and a progressive facing curve. This is the “universal” mouthpiece: very stable, centred pitch, small enough to be playable by amateurs and students, big enough to put some air and be playable by professionals. Very precise. Extremely responsive and fast staccato with a lot of projection.
    Best fit with 2 1/2 to 4 reeds, Jazz or Classical cut.
  3. A225 is a 2.25 mm tip opening (88/00”) equivalent to the traditional “7” opening. Combined with a medium facing length and a progressive facing curve. Great flexibility combined with stability and a well-centred pitch.
    Best fit with 1 1/2 to 5, Jazz or Classical cut.
  4. A235 is a 2.35 mm tip opening (92/00”) equivalent to the traditional “7*” opening. Combined with a medium long facing length and a soft facing curve. Due to the longer facing curve, it brings more resistance and takes more air. (This make it feel “bigger”) The soft curve gives it a lot of flexibility. This is the best mouthpiece for the professional players that need to use all possibilities of dynamics, sound colors and range in one mouthpiece, without having to struggle too hard on a real big mouthpiece.
    Best fit with 2 1/2 to 4 reeds. Even if the Classical cut will play good, the “Jazz cut” will be a better fit with this type of facing.
  5. A255 is a 2.55 mm tip opening (100/00”) equivalent to the traditional “8*” opening. Combined with a long facing length and a progressive facing curve. Very well balanced and efficient, due to the progressive curve it keeps a well-centred pitch with flexibility, lot of projection and a big low range. For the player who likes to blow a lot of air without loosing control.
    /_Best fit with 2 to 4 reeds. Better fit with “Jazz Cut”._
  6. A285 is a 2.85 mm tip opening (112/00”) equivalent to the traditional “9*” opening. Combined with a long facing length and a smooth progressive facing curve. Perfect mix of resistance and flexibility, very demanding, for players who are prepared to work hard and get rewarded by a full, rich and big sound, without loosing response and center.
    Best fit with 2 to 5 reeds. Better fit with “Jazz Cut”.
  7. A325 is a 3.25 mm tip opening (128/00”) equivalent to the traditional “11*” opening. Combined with a long facing length and a progressive facing curve. Enormous sound, flexibility, projection, very big and full low range. For the players who need a total freedom of expression and are prepared to put a lot of air, having developed a good control of the embouchure/air stream balance. This has been specially conceived for Tenor players used to “big mouthpieces” who can hardly find a big enough mouthpiece while they have to double on the Alto Saxophone.
    /_Best fit: at this stage, you know about your reeds!_

ENJOY.

Ligature’s fit

All “XL ALT” ligatures fit the Alto “Spectruoso” Mouthpiece.

Regular & Signature

Every single Francois Louis® mouthpiece is hand finished: tip, baffle, window, facing, front rail, side rails and beak.

Spectruoso mouthpiece

The High End “Spectruoso” mouthpiece is the
FL “Signature” mouthpiece.
It is entirely hand finished by FL himself , signed on every mouthpiece’s table and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

FL Signature mouthpiece

FL Signature mouthpiece

It features :

In order to offer to the saxophonists a mouthpiece at a more affordable price, the most popular Alto and Tenor saxophone mouthpieces are also proposed in a REGULAR version.

It features :

Suggested 2017 Retail Prices (VAT included on European market)

Soprano Alto Tenor Baritone
“Signature” 288.15€ 288.15€ 309.90€ 379.50€
Regular 246.85€ 258.25€ -



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