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!
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
    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.

  • 5

    Posted by Bryan on Jan 27th 2021

    Outstanding workmanship and tonality. Best metal alto mouthpiece I've ever played and I have a big drawer of them

  • 5
    Yardbird Model

    Posted by Dan Gutwein on Jan 21st 2021

    No matter how many sax mouthpieces I’ve owned in my 69 years of living, I keep coming back to Ted’s because when I play them I feel and hear the entire history of jazz! The Yardbird Model, more than any piece I own (including the NY Meyer I watched Frank Wells worked on for a whole afternoon in 1977), flat out sounds like late Bird to me from the moment I blow the first note. It is creates an incredibly complex tone, penetrating, full of rich mids, warm yet cutting and powerful! Being a tenor player at heart, it is exactly what I needed to get my alto out of the closet and fall in love with it again.

  • 5
    Very fat and goes far sound, with easier response

    Posted by Yuya_N_Sax on Jan 17th 2021

    Excellent product! This is my first metal MP. I am using rubber Ottolink 6 slant, Mayer 6 vintage MPs usually, and they are very good, especially response point of view. I chose 7 yardbird model, and this is same or better response than them. This is important because good response means very wide dynamics from whisper to powerful sound. The sound is very beautiful. From low B flat to C or D in altissimo, they are even I can pronounce. Very classical wooden sound with very clear buz which Bird had. This is very new product but not modern MP. This is kind of classical sound MP, and I noticed I am eager for edgy sound like this. Thanks, Ted Klum!!!