Drake - David Sanborn VR Alto Mouthpiece

David Sanborn came to prominence in the 1980’s and has since been a major influence on the Pop, Contemporary, Jazz, R&B and Crossover genres. His distinctive tone on the alto saxophone is unmistakable. Sanborn’s sound is the reason why he is one of the most successful and prolific saxophone players of recent times.  

David commissioned Aaron to make him a custom mouthpiece that would measure up to his exacting standards and deliver winning performances; whether on stage or in the studio. The Aaron Drake David Sanborn Signature model has exceeded expectations.

After the successful launch of the metal version, Drake and Sanborn continued to consult, seeking the next evolution of this mouthpiece, to provide unparalleled playing comfort and new possibilities in the sound. The result is the new Sanborn VR Masters Series model.   

Design

This mouthpiece features a unique three-tier baffle design, with a medium, venturi chamber. It is made from Drake’s proprietary Vintage Resin material, which is not available anywhere else on the market. 

This special mouthpiece is offered in three tip-openings: 6 (.080″), 7 (.085″) and 8 (.090″). David Sanborn plays the 8 tip-opening. 

Sound

The mouthpiece features a very immediate response and precise attack, with just the right amount of resistance to develop rich tonal color and allow total freedom of expression. It is exceptionally free blowing and allows the player to employ a complete range of dynamics, from the bottom to the top of the instrument. It is a powerful, projective mouthpiece, with impeccable intonation and a lush core sound. The full, rich sound presented by the Drake Sanborn Signature mouthpiece far surpasses that of other high-baffle, “power mouthpieces”. The Vintage Resin version provides unparalleled playing comfort, incredible projection, evenness of scale and a rich spectrum of tonal characteristics. 

“This new Vintage Resin really feels like home to me. It is an extraordinary mouthpiece, with full spectrum tone. The intonation is incredibly precise.  It is like nothing I’ve played before.  It is incredibly free-blowing and full. A joy to play.” 

– David Sanborn 

Details 

Each mouthpiece is meticulously hand crafted by Aaron Drake. Your purchase includes our innovative Drake Quad Rail Ligature – which allows the reed to vibrate with freedom for ultimate flexibility in shaping your sound.  In addition, you will also receive a Rovner L – 1M — flexible ligature. 

Shipped with a Drake branded mouthpiece cap, plush drawstring pouch and plastic carrying case.

 

Drake - David Sanborn VR Alto Mouthpiece
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