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FACINGS

Here at Corry Bros, we believe that RADIAL facing curves are the only curves to offer a truly EVEN mechanical response along the length of the reed.

 

The simplicity of the RADIAL curve (a curve created from a portion of a PERFECT CIRCLE) allows for ease of mechanical flex in the reed, as the mouthpiece falls away from the reed in a CONSISTENT arc, and as the reed closes, it does so smoothly and evenly around a curve that progresses with the same ratio, evenly and uniformly.

 

Although it must be recognised that the BAFFLE plays a more significant role in how a mouthpiece 'sounds', the facing curve plays a greater part in how a mouthpiece 'feels'. This marriage between 'sound' and 'feel' is what every player strives to find.

 

For our mouthpieces, we use facing lengths and tip openings that create the sounds and responses that we, as players want to both hear and feel, giving our mouthpieces great response in all dynamics.

 

 

 

Below are some diagrams explaining the relationship between TIP OPENING, FACING LENGTH, and RESISTANCE.

Many players attribute the general "feel" of a mouthpiece to the tip opening, however, the FACING LENGTH is more of a determining factor in this regard.

It must also be noted that chamber size can also determine the feeling of 'resistance' in the sense of "back pressure", but in this instance we are talking about facing resistance.

 

FIG. 1-SHORTER FACING

 

Fig.1 is a mouthpiece where the TIP OPENING

is 2.04mm ( 0.080") and the FACING LENGTH

is 21mm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIG. 2- LONGER FACING

 

Fig.2 is a mouthpiece where the TIP OPENING

is 2.04mm (0.080") and the FACING LENGTH

is 24mm.

 

 

Let us say that both diagrams relate to a fictional ALTO mouthpiece with a "7" tip opening. Fig.1 has a Facing Length of 21mm, and Fig.2 has a Facing Length of 24mm.

They may both be a "7" but they will both play, respond and feel different.

 

These basic principles will become more noticable to you once you have tried several mouthpiece brands together

and is part of the instant "like/dislike" feeling we get when trialling mouthpieces.

 

The beauty of Saxophone mouthpieces lies in the combinations that are possible in the FACING CURVE / TIP OPENING relationship combined with appropriate baffle shaping.

CorryBros facing diagram example back-button