RICO ROYAL GRAFONITE
Tone Chamber Style (A, B, or C): The tone chamber of a mouthpiece is the inside area of the mouthpiece. The size and shape of the tone chamber will change the tone quality of the instrument. With the Rico Royal mouthpieces, an "A" tone chamber will give a dark sound which is best suited for concert work, a "B" tone chamber will give a little more brilliance (better for using with most bands), and a "C" tone chamber will give a lot more brilliance and edge which is great for rock and jazz bands.FACINGS
Facing (3, 5, or 7): The facing is determined by the distance from the tip of the reed to where it first touches the mouthpiece. The bigger the facing number, the farther back the reed goes before actually touching the mouthpiece. Changing the facing of the mouthpiece will generally change the volume of the instrument. With a shorter facing (3), less of the reed is vibrating, so the instrument will tend to be quieter, with a longer facing (7), more of the reed is vibrating, so the instrument will tend to be louder.
Graftonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Specifications:
- Chambers: See Above
Facings: See Above
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Comments about Rico Graftonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:
These plastic mouthpieces are excellent ... Whenever I buy a sax with a cheap mouthpiece included I always purchase a Rico Royal mouthpiece to replace the standard ... I have Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone and six of these mouthpieces in various formats including Metalite and Graftonite B5 - B7 and M7's. They are free blowing with a good clinical tone and accurate intonation from low to high notes and, they offer plenty of volume ... great for rock, jazz or classical music. I also have a number of metal and other mouthpieces but favour the Rico's. I use Brilhart mouthpieces and the Rico are also designed by Arnold Brilhart. There used to be a larger selection of combinations with dark A chambers, B medium and C edgey chambers ranging through a combination of four tip openings ... 3, 5, 7 and 11 but the range has simplified to B3 - B7 with Metalite being discontinued, although there are still many old stock around, which is why I have included the full range. Nevertheless there is still plenty on choice in what's on offer if you use different reeds and third party ligatures such as Rovner and, they Rico's never fail to please. They are also far more robust than many metal or ebonite because the Rico's are quite chip proof. If a student is struggling with their sound or mouthpiece I always recommend they purchase a Rico one as they are also extremely cheap to purchase at around 6 - 20 in the UK.. I love 'em. You can't go wrong with one of these mouthpieces at such low prices. They're a great standby and interim mouthpiece until you decide or workout what else you might want, but many of my students and me just stick with them. They can also be refaced and modified.