Week 9, Monday: testing the 3D-printed mouthpieces

After several try outs of printing out the mouthpieces we managed to produce several variations both for the alto and bariton mouthpieces. The alt mouthpieces turn out to be to thin and are not expected to be useful. They also turn out to be really fragile, so that some of them were damaged when we were finishing them. The bariton mouthpieces on the other hand, were successfully printed out, except for one mouthpiece which was an exact copy of the Drake#2 of last year group; the other bariton mouthpieces were made of a different type of material and were successfully printed out.

After they were printed out some finishing work needed to be done for the mouthpieces to be safe to play a saxophone with. After the bariton mouthpieces were ready to be used, we deserve an honour of a chance to let Peter Broekhuizen test them one by one. We had the chance to record him testing out the mouthpieces. Below is the video of Peter testing the mouthpieces out.

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According to him the original Drake mouthpiece was able to produce a full and sharp sound. The Drake#2 which was made by the last year group produces a sound which is less full then the original, but sharper and louder. However, the sound produced is more capable to reach the higher tones compared to the original, which he liked. This year we were able to produce 5 bariton mouthpieces. The exact copy are given the names Drake#2.0 -Drake#2.4.

 

Drake #2.0

This variation has a ramp on the baffle. The very first impression was that it was too short compared to the others. This mouthpiece does not sound bad according to Peter but the sound of it is really thin and superficial compared to last years Drake#2.

 

Drake #2.1

This one has a square-shaped, concave part on the baffle. This version turns out to be one of the best (we have two best mouthpieces, Drake#2.1 and Drake#2.3). The sound seemed to be quite interesting for Peter. It sounds quite similar to the 2.3, but has less space in the sound compared to it, and produces a finer sound compared to the original Drake. Peter prefers this mouthpiece above the original.

 

Drake #2.2

The square-shaped, concave part on the baffle is longer compared to that of the 2.1. This mouthpiece has a smaller sound compared to the 2.3 and is less flexible.

 

Drake #2.3

The concave part on the baffle is a little bit shorter compared to that of the 2.1. According to Peter it is the best mouthpiece, with the 2.1. Produces a finer and more flexible sound, compared to the original Drake, and has beautiful higher pitch. Peter prefers this mouthpiece above the original.

 

Drake #2.4

The concave part on the baffle is identical to that of the 2.2, but is placed deeper in the mouthpiece. This mouthpiece does not sound bad at all, but still is not as good as the 2.3 and 2.1 since it makes the sound smaller.

 

To be concluded, we were able to produce a mouthpiece that is even better than the original and last year’s mouthpiece. There is one problem though; all variations do not fit perfectly onto the neck of the saxophone. Peter Broekhuizen mentioned that he would like to compare the Drake #2.1 and #2.3 even further after they are modified to fit perfectly onto the neck of his sax.

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