J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

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The student mouthpiece that plays like a pro.

Innovator David Hite delivers his Premiere Series with hard-rubber quality at a student price.


Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Specifications:

  • Facing: Medium
  • Ligature: Not Included
  • Material: Acrylic
  • Tip: .069
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J & D HitePremiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

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Great for Doubling

By Kas

from Ohio

About Me Professional Musician


  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound


    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Doubling
    • Practicing

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    For years I have played mostly Bari and some Tenor, but got a job playing Alto in a big band. Needless to say my chops were not really up to that little mouthpiece. I had been using a C* on the Alto since it was not my primary horn and it did the job. Daily playing of it revealed it was not that versitle or forgiving. I have been using the Premiers on my Bari and Tenor because they feel very similar, so I figured I would try one on the Alto. It was like night and day from the C* it played just like the other horns and I could do a lot more with the sound from the bottom all the way up to altissimo.

    I'm using a Hemke 3, and depending on the venue either a Rovner Dark for quartets, or the Hite Ligature for Big Band. The Hite ligature is matched perfectly to the mouthpiece and responds very well.

    The included tooth pad is very thin and you don't even notice it. It protects well and is very comfortable.

    The only thing to watch out for is if you use a metal cap. I switched to a plastic because my metal cap was a little short and chipped the corner.

    The finish is superb and very consistent so I keep a spare in the case in the event of a tragedy. There is nothing worse that chipping a piece and having to change everything mid-gig. They are so consistent, a quick swap and you are set to go.

    I have been playing for 40+ years and have tried countless pieces over the years. For the price, you can't beat it, if you double it's the only way to go. I use these on all my horns including clarinet. While everyone perceives things differently, These are just what I need to succeed.

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    (25 of 47 customers found this review helpful)


    Wonderful Intermediate Piece

    By Tyler-t3186

    from East Coast

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    After playing the stock piece that I had come with my Selmer USA sax, I decided, based on some of my friends who also had this piece, that I would give it a try. I was not disappointed. The piece has a very nice tone and noticeable increases both projection and intonation capabilities. This mouthpiece also works very well with many different players, and everyone in my section save some freshman has or has used and enjoyed this mouthpiece and it's benefits. When I purchased my Yanagisawa saxophone, the Premiere also exceeded the Yani mouthpiece that came with the sax in overall tone (however I used the Yani mouthpiece on several occasions when we travelled to larger stadiums for the extra edge and brighter, more noticeable tone). I also bought a Selmer S80 C* shortly thereafter and it exceeds my Premiere in a concert setting due to the smooth, rounded and very focused tone it provides as a concert piece. As such, while the Premiere surpassed in both projection and edge, and in the concert hall by a fuller tone and more flowing nature, it is a great intermediate piece and I still use it often in marching band. I recommend it to anyone with a stock mouthpiece and a limited budget (like myself at the time I bought the piece!) wishing to move to bigger and better things, as well as a backup piece.

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    (26 of 51 customers found this review helpful)


    The search is over for alto players if you in to the good sound

    By Wave

    from Virginia

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    I spent a lot of cash trying every single Alto Mouthpiece out there. Like I said before this is it if you like the Art Pepper, Jackie Mclean, Phil Woods, and Kenny Garrett just to name few use Premier by Hite Alto mouthpiece.

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    (21 of 44 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Mouthpiece

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    Hite mouthpieces are some of the highest quality mouthpieces on the market and yet nobody hears too much about them. They have great intonation, a rich full sound and play easily all over the horn. Great investment for the serious player or if you just want to have fun.

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    (31 of 53 customers found this review helpful)


    Nice Value per dollar Mouthpiece

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    I prefer rubber over acrylic, but at the price of this mouthpiece, it does a great job.I use it with Vandoren Java 2 1/2 's and a Rovner fabric ligature, # 1RL, if I'm not mistaken. The sound is robust & loud, with good clarity and tone color, and not much edge to speak of. The baffle is low. Not overly bright with good uniform thickness in the tone, throughout the range (Bb to high F), but definitely not for those who like dark sounding & mellow mouthpieces. Not the easiest mouthpiece for a beginner. Reed placement with the Java's is critical, as the table could be wider.Try the mouthpiece yourself if you want a good sounding mouthpiece that can cut through the mix with good clean tone at a bargain price.

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    (42 of 64 customers found this review helpful)


    Excellent mouthpiece

    By Spencer-2-mCr

    from Denver Co

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    When one of my parent's friends gave me their old saxophone, they gave me two mouthpieces. As soon as could tell the difference, the Premiere by Hite was clearly so much better (and didn't chip when the other stock mouthpiece did). It helped produce a excellent sound even after 6 years of playing.

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    (19 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


    A Great mouthpiece

    By Rich4444

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    This is one of the best mouthpieces I have ever used, and I've used many! The only better mouthpiece I've used for jazz is my Rovner, which is metal and considerably more expensive. I would highly suggest this mouthpiece if you want a quality sound that is easy to control including altissimo ranges. You will be hard pressed to find a better mouthpiece. A truly experienced saxophonist will appreciate the sound quality this mouthpiece will provide.

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    (23 of 45 customers found this review helpful)


    Very flexible and reliable

    By Jessica--mp5-

    from Highland, IL USA

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

    This is a very good mouthpiece. I just started playing last year and I got this new mouthpiece at Christmas time. Ever since I have played much better and my Band teacher has told every woodwind to try and get this kind of reed! He agrees that they are flexible and reliable.

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