Yardbird Model Alto

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The new Yardbird model alto saxophone mouthpiece is available for pre-order in sizes six, seven and eight! Although not making it to full production by the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Parker as I had hoped, we are finally shipping the first of these out. This has been the most difficult and for me, the most important mouthpiece I have developed. I have been chasing aspects of, or my version of this sound for well over 40 years with very limited success! It is difficult to try to convey with words how important Bird is to me musically but to quote him from his tv appearance “Music speaks louder than words“ and although he set the bar so very high, those of us who love his music pay tribute to him every time we play! This is a sincere effort of creating a piece that offers a sound closer than anything available to the Bell metal brass cast London Selmer which he played from late ‘49 on and has all the elements of power, cut, warmth, and that full, dark, Tenor-like woodiness that we all love!
This mouthpiece now includes a ligature as well. For the ultimate experience, we highly recommend the Marc Jean Ligature II
It is my hope that this piece will help and even inspire those who love Bird as I do to strive to reach even closer to the spirit and sound he blessed us with. A very special thanks to Jesse Davis and John Bowes for their generosity in providing the original London Selmer pieces for the design inspiration.
Fulfillment time for this model is about 2 weeks.

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  • 5
    Yardbird # 8

    Posted by Richard Alberico on Apr 18th 2021

    I have 2 # 5 NY Meyer alto saxophone mouthpieces one of which I had been playing for 50 years. I tried, out of curiosity, Ted’s # 6 New York alto mouthpiece. I loved it and switched from my New York # 5 Meyer to Ted’s # 6 New York model. I was very satisfied with Ted’s #6. Ok, Ted then introduced the Yardbird model. I settled on a # 8. The mouthpiece is incredible. It is metal but easy for me to control. The pitch is spot on. I am able to produce a beautiful, rich, sound that is MY sound from pianissimo to fortissimo. The ease of attack and immediate response are amazing. Ted Klum is not a craftsman but a true artist. All you have to do is look at the chamber to to see the complexity, precision, care, and artistry that have gone into the production of this absolutely unparalleled mouthpiece. I absolutely love that it allows me to be completely myself. Absolutely INCREDIBLE Ted. Thank you so much. I am pleased beyond what words cans express.

  • 5
    yardbird 7

    Posted by David on Apr 16th 2021

    I’ve had it for a bit more than a week and I feel I am still getting to know the piece. Impressions to date are: very responsive, significant buzz in the lower register, singing quality throughout the horn, dark but not stuffy. Great mouthpiece, I love it!

  • 4
    Excellent in its sound but ....

    Posted by Joe on Apr 5th 2021

    It should be a 5 star mouthpiece but I got some issue on its plating. I can send you some photos if you want more details. Thus, I give it 4 stars. Anyway, it is a great mouthpiece.

  • 5
    Yardbird #7

    Posted by Rick Alberico on Mar 4th 2021

    Couldn’t put it down. Didn’t get it till yesterday and played it for 5 hours. Beautiful sound top to bottom. Incredible low register almost sounds like a tenor down there. The more air you give it the more it projects. Considering how easy it is to play I may switch it out for a #8.

  • 5
    Yardbird Model Alto 7

    Posted by Simon C on Feb 25th 2021

    Amazing piece of craftsmanship. I expected nothing less from Ted Klum. I play this with a Conn New Wonder II and I love the sound and response this gives. The Yardbird model is very warm and responsive, which gives a very rich character when playing as it can pushed to sound bright or, with the right air speed, it can sound dark and lush. It's a joy to play and I'm blown away by the attention to detail from a player's perspective that Ted puts into his craft. Bravo!

  • 5
    The Yardbird Sings

    Posted by JM on Feb 8th 2021

    I own and play a number of Ted's alto and tenor pieces. Each mouthpiece is amazing in their own right. However, Ted and his team have set a new standard with the Yardbird, both in design and sound. I ordered the size 6. This mouthpiece is phenomenal and the chamber design reveals just how much time and attention went into creating this mouthpiece. It's difficult to describe just how well the Yardbird plays across all registers - it just sings. This isn't a bright mouthpiece but it has more 'attack' than anything I've played, while retaining a warm, pleasant and balanced sound. I guess I would describe it as an aggressive sound that is HUGE and fat. It also gets really loud when pushed. The Yardbird is free blowing with just enough resistance to allow you to shape your sound - and is reed friendly (I went up a reed strength with this mouthpiece). I've paired the Yardbird with a Buescher Top Hat and Cane and the sound literally leaps from the horn. It's a perfect pairing.

  • 5
    Yard Bird Alto mouthpiece

    Posted by Bob Rockwell on Feb 2nd 2021

    Best Jazz alto mouthpiece I have ever played . I´m an old guy 75 with a long career in Jazz,Studio, Big Band etc. This mouthpiece is completely Equal in the following areas. Pitch, Intonation, Resonance, Dynamics- It does not drop out at ppp in either the top end or low end,Flexibility, Response. I have the #8 and I play a #3 Rico Royal. And it plays free-just let the air do the work. i have a Meyer 8 and metal 8 Link that have too much resistance. Ted´s mouthpiece is fantastic!

  • 5
    Yardbird Model Alto # 8

    Posted by Bob Rockwell on Jan 29th 2021

    Just received mine today, 29 january,2021 A truly fantastic MP. Worth the price. nuance available in every category: Dynamics, intonation , even color in sound over the whole register etc. etc.

  • 4
    Yardbird Model Alto

    Posted by Ekkehard Sassenhausen on Jan 29th 2021

    It‘s a Great Mouthpiece! High Register, Altissimo, Low Register superb! Very Even and clear in Sound, Very good articulation! For me it Could have a Little more volume, brightness and the middle Register E‘ to G‘‘ is not so open, not so free blowing than the higher and lower Register.