Hats off to both of you! You guys are producing some amazing mouthpieces! I like both the Eric Marienthal (7*/105) and Seventh Avenue South (107) tenor mouthpieces! Fully expected to return one. In the end, can’t give up either. Marienthal: Extremely easy to hit altissimo as well as sub tones. Even across all registers. Smooth from note to note. A bit thin on the bottom but comparatively warm up top. Seventh Avenue South: Rich, punchy, resonant sound. However, comparatively a bit thin up top. Altissimo and low end notes require a little more effort. May simply be the 107 vs 105 tip difference. May drop from a 3S to 2H on the Seventh. Both offer great intonation, especially when compared to the Durga 4. That’ll be on ebay in short order. Again, can’t say enough about the mouthpieces you’re producing. I’ve gotta stop before I order a Stubby, Super D.....Thanks for taking the time with me. Can’t believe I spoke with two monster players in the same week! Thanks for the invaluable input! Humbled. Oh, and I have worked out a time during the day when I can take the sax out of the ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ pod and let loose.Next up, Alto mpc. Stay tuned. Cheers!
Have had a chance to play the 7M New Yorker for a number of hours and just want to complement you again - this mouthpiece has me wanting to pick up the alto over and over again, and I daydream about playing it when I'm not. It's that satisfying. Thanks again for putting these outstanding products out!
The Marienthal mouthpiece is outstanding! Thanks for selling such a stellar product. I'm a very happy customer.
The Super D that I ordered on Monday has already arrived on Christmas Eve.
Thanks for the fast shipping and the amazing mouthpiece. This was a great
Christmas gift for me. I really love it.
- Thomas Desch
Just a quick note to let you know I just received my Tru Slant mpc, and I am simply loving it! I sound like me and like how I want to sound!
I already play your Crescent model, which plays equally great so I really wanted to try out one of your ebonite pieces as well.
So a big thank you to you for making such great pieces! They really play effortlessly, so I can focus on my playing.
- Timo Besamusca
I just wanted to let you know that I have received the mouthpiece, I have to be honest, I am very impressed.
I have been playing on a Beechler metal number seven for probably over 10 years, in fact it’s been custom adjusted from the same person who did Eric Marienthal's mouthpiece.
I never thought that I would ever change mouthpieces again in my life.
I have to say that everything that Eric said in his promo video was true. It’s just simply plays easier, reeds don’t play quite as stuffy when they’re new, and I find high notes ring out better with less effort.
I would just like to say how brilliant your service is and I love my Eric Marienthal alto and tenor sax mouthpieces that I bought from you recently. They are very responsive, powerful, have good intonation and contemporary sounding without being harsh in the high registers.
These are the best two mouthpieces I've had since I sold my original Dave Guardala tenor and alto mouthpieces some time ago.
The 7* Stubby arrived today. WOW. OMG. LOL!!
It plays incredibly. I took the Red Java 3.5 off my Otto Link 4**** and the 3.0 off the Super D and they both play easily and with a big beautiful sound. Pitch is perfect.
Thank you guys!
I got the mouthpiece today and WOW!! It blows free and the brightness is very controllable! You hit a home run with this one!
Just wanted to take a minute to say how much I love my Marienthal Mouthpiece.
As all, (well maybe most of us, sax players have spent umteen thousands, on hundreds of pieces that just don’t work out for us. Although I realize it’s only been a few days that I’ve only been tooting this, but can’t remember when I felt this level of comfort this soon with anything I’ve ever tried or owned.
I’m sure you’ve been down this long road and is most likely why you got into designing.
I’m still adapting to the small profile and have never used a patch, as I dig feeling the vibrations, but am being patient as I’m sure I’ll get use to it or make one of teflon or similar material.
As for reeds, it seems fairly reed friendly w/ Vandoren 2.5, VI6’s or Red Java’s, where Blue Box 2.5’s are too heavy and Java Green’s too light in the tip and the same more or less with Hempke’s, D’Addario’s and whatever else I have here.
I have 2 Hard Classic & Jazz Rigotti’s on their way as the 3’s I have are too heavy. I realize I could take the time to adjust most of these as I did when I was younger, but no longer the the patience and I don’t want to take time away from flute practice time, as flute is, I dare say my main ax and love!
Then to ligature, the Rovner works OK and better than the Versa, but have you personally tried an Ishimori on it? I see that’s what Eric is using, but would welcome more input as there aren’t too many ligs. in this size.
Anyway, thank you to you, Bob, Eric, other Eric and all that took on his project. I’m sending customers your way to share my excitement, as I tell them this is the best piece I ever played... at least for this week! When I can swing it I’ll be in contact for Eric’s Tenor Piece!
I did! Thanks for checking. Did a lil play testing. Love what I'm hearing! I'm using my Francois lig. When i tweek these reeds I think it will be on point! Happy camper here!
I just wanted to reach out to you about the Crescent 8 I received from you on Thursday. Quite frankly, it's amazing. After playing around with a few reed and ligature combinations, I found something that really works for me. I just wanted to thank you for being very kind and flexible throughout the buying process. You really picked a winner for me! It's got a ton of body and just the right amount of brightness. Thank you to you and Joel for doing great work and making the horn just a little bit easier for me. I am very satisfied with the Crescent. I hope you guys are doing well and staying safe!
I cannot resist buying your mouthpieces ;-) Last week I got the Stubby you send to my friend in the US in July. Man, what a great mouthpiece!!
A friend of mine tried my three year old Super D last week and he wanted to buy it immediately so I ordered a new one that I got this week. The actual version was so good that I ordered another one yesterday.
The Stubby arrived on Friday -- and I'm LOVING it!!! This is easily one of the most responsive, easy-playing mouthpieces I've ever put air in. Very, very happy. It's probably not going to dethrone my beloved vintage Bergs, of which I have quite a few, but the Stubby gives me exactly what I was hoping: a slightly different sound and the ease of play that I don't have to think about the mouthpiece -- some of those old Bergs require me to pay attention carefully to breathing and voicing -- and can concentrate on making music. Its ultimate test, of course, will be on the first gig. But, alas, no gigs for the rest of the year, sadly. I must admit I was a little apprehensive about the fact that it's all machine-faced, no hand-facing. But the machining is truly outstanding. The only thing I don't quite like a bout it is the lig: I've never been a fan -- to put it mildly... -- of those Rovners. But it'll do for the time being.
Thanks again, also for the prompt communication. Greatly appreciated!
-Dr. Jürgen E. Grandt
I just wanted to say thanks. I purchased one of your Super D mouthpieces from you back in November I believe and I just couldn’t get the sound I was looking for. Now for some reason with a different reed and a Selmer 404 ligature this mouthpiece is amazing.
Hi, I received my mouthpieces - they are both so awesome!! So glad you guys are doing what you do!!! Thanks again, I would not hesitate to recommend you. My playing has really taken off since playing your pieces, I’m getting great feedback from the audience and musicians I work with.
I got the mouthpiece ["New Yorker" Medium Chamber 5M] this morning and already played it for two hours. It sounds great, thank you for your work. I played almost exclusively on bigger tip openings for the last twenty years and decided to go back to a smaller tip opening. The RR Meyer Bros piece makes this easy and a pleasure. Kind regards.
I just received the #7 RR Eric piece…after 2 years on the Beechler 7 (needing more as a big band lead alto player here), which was big change btw from all my years on a NY Meyer 5, the Eric 7 is a breath of fresh air!!! My current teacher Jorre Reynders in Brussels, Belgium met you guys at LA NAMM last month then came and stayed with us in Salt Lake a few days. He bought an 8 there from you, which I played and really liked immediately. I am glad though I got the 7…a smoother transition for me from the Beechler 7. Jorre steered me to the Beechler and now to the Eric! Goes to show the value of a good teacher, and 6,000 miles away thanks to Skype no less! Really, I can’t put the RR Eric down! It is free-blowing,, in tune, and has a wide range of tambre and control. I’ve met Eric here a couple of times, and subscribe to his ArtistWorks site. Love his playing and style and personality. He mentioned that as we age our lung-power decreases and part of the design of this piece helps compensate for that. I’m a couple years older than Eric and I agree…I think your piece is a good solution for this breath control and support issue. Thank you for all of your work and research to make this happen. Also, thanks for the discount and speedy delivery. I may not get much more done today than playing this piece!!! Just want to you to know…and again, many thanks. All the best.
Got my New Yorker RR alto mouthpiece. Wow, it sound great and responds so easily it’s a pleasure to play. Regards,
I'm so very happy about my Eric Marienthal 7 alto mouthpiece.....finally I found the ultimate alto mouthpiece....for my tenor I'm still looking for the ultimate....
I'm looking at the Seventh Avenue South MB II.....I got a few questions....the 0.107 is about 7*? and the 0.116 is about 8*? Which opening is the original DG MB II ? It's the 0.107 you play at the demo youtube? Today I play a Jody Jazz DV 7*, a good and powerful, easy blowing and quit reed friendly mouthpiece but there's something about the sound I don't like.
Just wanted to say how much I love the Stubby! Worth the wait. I also love the RR Shorty. Totally different pieces, but they have in common great craftsmanship and value. Thanks.
Yo!! Very happy with this Crescent mouthpiece!... it’s got everything.
A little back story to why I bought this mouthpiece - I had surgery on my lip recently to correct a few things and since then have had issues play most of my mouthpieces because my embouchure changed so much from it. I tried an original handmade MB1 and it was so easy to play and I could play it for a long time without pain so I did my research and fell in love with your mouthpieces. I’m really glad I purchased this one because I’ll never need another mouthpiece.
I love your mouthpieces so much! I recently bought the Slant and the Super D NY from you and figured I'd try the Reso too and to save on shipping I might as well get another to go along for the ride so I ordered the soprano Shorty too... next up will probably be the Florida D and Crescent (or 7th Ave or alto New Yorker or...). Anyway, you get the picture - if they play as well the others I'm going to eventually get them all! Thanks again for making these excellent pieces.
-Tony Spruill, Osaka, Japan
I received the mouthpiece yesterday, it plays better than anything I ever tried until this point.
Thank you man, I will let all my pro-sax friends in Sweden know how good this piece is!
Ps. I’m going to be in LA at NAMM to play with Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops), if you guys are there with your stuff it would be nice to try what else you have. Saw the Marienthal piece, seems great! Best Regards,
Played the Double Ring today. Had my fingers crossed hoping I would like it as much as the 7th Ave and the UK Special. And I do! More power than I expected and even more edge but still a fat and attractive sound. Great response from the bottom to the harmonics. Really nice. Man you know what you are doing! Thanks so much - I will enjoy playing all 3 mouthpieces. Of course they are all different designs but they all have that great immediate response in common and speak so well with lots of headroom. I could take any of them on a gig with no worries.(Great customer service too). Your replicas make me feel like I finally have a great Link a great Berg and a great MBII - probably even better. Take care,
I just wanted to tell you that the Eric Marienthal Special is amazing! I’ve never played anything that made the saxophone respond so easily. It produces a beautiful and incredibly homogenous tone across the whole horn. The dynamic range is insane, and the piece never backs up, even with crazy amounts of abuse. I wish I had this years ago. It would have made all the hours of practice so much less frustrating and physically taxing. This is the way an alto saxophone mouthpiece should play!
All the best,
By the way the 7th Avenue South is the mutts nuts
as they say back in the UK. Just a fabulous mouthpiece.
-Alex Nyman, New Zealand
I got your super d florida on my tenor, best mouthpiece I have ever played. Thank you guys!
I just got to play-test the mouthpiece ( the EM Gold Special #7) today. It arrived here in Las Vegas on late Monday night and unfortunately was out of town and hadn’t had the time to actually try it until earlier today (Thursday) during my lessons. I’m contacting you to not only let you know how fantastic it is and so you can’t have it back.
I am very happy with my 7th Ave South!! It plays easily with a free-blowing, crisp sound, yet still offers a fat low end unlike any other high baffle mouthpiece I've ever tried. RetroRevival's attention to detail and hand finishing is top quality.
I recently purchased a Super D Florida 8 MPC from yourselves. Just to say thanks for bringing these superb mouthpieces to the world. I have used a Vintage Florida Tenor MPC for years but the Super D just wipes the floor with it. I play Vintage R/B, Blues, Swing, 50s Rock n’ Roll and even sit in sometimes with loud Rock Bands...the Super D just blows great in any situation.
Playing Ballads is just wonderful...lovely Fat sound, Sub-tones beautifully. Thanks again and all the best from Scotland.
The piece is phenomenal. Coming from all kinds of Links, it's like handling a Ferrari.
Thank you guys!!!
I have tremendous respect for Eric Marienthal as a player, so when I heard he was putting out a mouthpiece I had to try it. And happy to report, it's fantastic! The Eric Marienthal Alto Mouthpiece is super easy blowing with great pitch and altissimo. The tone is great; bright but not edgy, with a nice center and fat bottom as well. It's made me love playing my alto!
Eric Marienthal Special #7
“Loving my new Eric Marienthal Special #7! Free blowing, effortless intonation, AND a beautiful sound! The first time I played it, I knew there was no going back to my old mouthpiece."
-Jason Jackson, Saxophonist US Navy
I am loving my new Eric Marienthal Special mouthpiece! I’m not good at a testimonial but here goes…The “Eric Marienthal Special” mouthpiece plays INCREDIBLY fantastic! It really does make everything respond so much easier than any other mouthpiece that I have played and or owned! The articulations and attacks are so much clearer and more controllable, too! The “EMS” lets me play the way I thought I could! (Now I know why Eric sounds the way he does!) –It really is incredible…
-Roger Pace, Arlington, TX
Eric Marienthal Special #7 Alto
Really diggin the piece. I almost decided to buy both but I think I’ll wait until NAMM so I can try a few more.
-Gary Bias, EARTH WIND & FIRE SAXOPHONIST
Just got a text from Peter Zimny recording a national tv programme saying the 7th ave south that you sent is the best mpc he ever tried. That’s pure joy!
I just want to let you know that I am absolutely happy with this mouthpiece, this is exactly the sound that I was looking for. I have not used other mouthpiece since I received it
UK Bari Sax Piece
Another update on the Bari piece . The more I play it the more I love it . I love the fact that I can play it mellow and pretty and just changing the way I am blowing and can become nasty and funky . It is a versatile mouthpiece . I love this piece .
- Michael G Kelly
I love the D, it reminds me of my Jon Van Wie Fl link in the mid/low registers (very easy to speak low notes) but with more clarity in the upper register and altissimo...I need to get used to the quick response up there. Overall more punch in all registers. Like my JVW, reed placement is important at the tip or my sound gets a bit less flexible.
-Lance Van Lenten
Just wanted to say thanks again for your mouthpieces. I just pulled the trigger on a NY 7 Med from you as well to hopefully get a bit more sound and flexibility than the original NY Meyer Bros 5 I have been using for years...
I am going to be using that and the Florida in the pit for Beautiful the Carole King musical next month, so looking forward to it!
Hi Joel, I loved that Seventh Ave. South Tenor .116 tip opening that you sent me in the beginning of may. It was the second one I bought from you and it is just as fantastic as the first one I bought. Thanks for picking out the best of the litter for me. I like them so much I purchased a third one from your website a cople of weeks ago and got it last week.. I know that you said you had a few of the .116 tip openings left and the one you sent was the best out of the three I now have. They work perfect on my Mark VI 64,xxx tenor and have so much power it is unbelievable. Way better sounding than any original Guardala Tenor piece that I have ever owned and I have owned many dozens of them. Now I am considering buying a fourth one. I know that you told me in the beginning of May that at that time you had around 3-4 of the Seventh Avenue South with a .116 tip opening left. Could ou let me know if you have one or two more in stock for instant shipping. Seems like the batch you have in stock currently works super perfect on my horn and want to get another before they are sold out. Let me know. Thanks.
Hey Joel got the piece today and it’s an total beast bro!! Powerful but Not overly bright, nice and centered. I can play my jazz stuff on it and if I have to blast on it totally responds. Great stuff!! I’m interested in a bari piece too I’ll call u when I’m ready in the next couple of weeks . Take care my friend.
Just a note to say this Super D New York mouthpiece is awesome. It play the lows with a rich tonal ease and the highs with a full sweet sound.This is now my main piece. Thank you again.
I've just received my "double ring"...
I'm a modest Tenor player in differents amateur groups (big band, sax quintet, quintet trp/ten ... in a small French city) and I'm passionate about jazz music and especially tenors players for many years ...
My conductor and friend own one your "double ring". I've tried it and I was very excited. That's why I ordered your mouthpiece.
I just begin to play this one and I'm already very happy with my purchase ...
Congratulations on your work ...
(Sorry for my bad English language ...)
I got my Florida Super D 8 two days ago. I can’t stop playing it. It is very focused and full sounding in all registers especially the lower notes . The the way it sings when I push it is astounding. I’ve tried a variety of reeds and they are all playable. This is literally the best mouthpiece I’ve ever played, thanx so much! You have great product, I finally have found what I’ve been looking for in a mouthpiece! It was well worth the wait.
Things are going fast....I like that . Thanks for everything Joël. I was playing a Navarro bop boy and a ted klum focustone and when I tried the Florida, I was blown out. Never played such a big sound mpc .... thanks again
- Mario Lafrésière
I just wanted to again thank you for a GREAT mouthpiece. I have been playing it all day and my fav reeds are RJS 3s unfiled and also Rigotti gold 3s work well. I wish you and Retro Revival all the success in the world. I usually don't post on SOTW much anymore because there is too much bias and opinions on it, although I heard of your mouthpieces through it. You know as well as I that all pieces are subjective to player, reed choice and we all blow different. This U K special is the bomb for me.
Just an update. Played a few gigs with this mouthpiece now and it is absolutely ridiculous! Best place I've ever owned and I've owned a bunch! Thanks again. You guys are doing a fantastic job.
Pleasant surprise in the mail this morning. My Slant arrived! You weren't kidding. It plays great. I'm now the proud owner of a Super D and Tru-Slant, and I think I now have some pieces that are facsimiles of classics, but with even better craftsmanship thanks to your initiative and Eric. (And I'm a big Bob fan.) Thanks for putting out some great products,
- David Parasz
Wow. everything you said it was! Free blowing, rich, responsive, and just like the one double-ring I had 30 years ago. Bravo!!!
- Mark P Kieme
I received the mouthpiece and tried it yesterday. It is a quality piece and very easy to play. I have an 8 week Setzer tour coming up that I'm looking forward to bringing it on the road with me.
I wish you much success with this endeavor.
Tru Slant is fantastic, Joel!
UK Special 105/2
I just bought one and played it on a gig for the first time last night. It exceeded my expectations!
I already have my mouthpiece in Brazil and she is amazing! Congratulations, it's perfect.
New Yorker 7M
I have got my New Yorker 7M today. I usually do not play much Alto but I cannot stop trying it. Never played as high on Alto. What a fat sound and response. I loved it from the first moment.
"I've had my Super D for a month now and I love it. It was unbelievably great from the get-go. Thanks, man. All the best.
-Dave in Toronto
Super D New York 7*
"Want to say JP that the piece is awesome , unreal the flat out best "Link" I have ever played. Like my friend the late Frank Vicari would say- it has that magic- thanks and be well.
New Yorker 8M Alto
Joel, now I have a true back up to my Meyer Brothers. It could be my no. 1.
New Yorker & Super D
I had a Moderately orgasmic fuller trial of tenor mpc last night.
To me it's not quite an Otto Link voice, it's a little wetter, and better overall.. what I love is I can't stop playing it and the CRISPNESS factor is high.
Alto #7 – 011
Alto #5 – 023
Tenor #8*(silver) – 024
First, the altos. The #7 arrived on Thursday (June 2). I immediately slapped the horn together and took the mouthpiece through everything I could think of: loud, soft, high, low, fast, slow, classical flute lines, Confirmation, slow blues, Cherokee at the speed of light, you name it. On Friday, I had a recording session playing improvisationally behind a bluesy pop singer. The date was all alto except for two tracks on flute. Then on Sunday, I played a three-hour big band gig on lead alto. The timing of its arrival was perfect: I got to play damned near everything on it. And when the #5 arrived a couple of weeks later, I gave it a similar workout. And my response to both simply caused me to bust out giggling. Bob, you remember my goofy story about my mouthpiece coming out of Phil Woods’s duffel bag? That was the (Meyer) #5. I added the #7 a few years later, both for backup and variety. In terms you guys will certainly understand, the #5 leaned toward a “Phil” quality, the #7 toward a “Quill”. And I’ve been happily banging on them without letup ever since. None of the other mouthpieces I’ve tried over the years have even come close. But now these two new beauties have reshuffled the deck. Not only do they match the complex resonance and flexibility of my golden oldies, but they exceed them. There’s a greater sense of depth and bottom in the sound, what the brass guys call “belly”. It’s for sure that these are what I’ll be using from now on.
So how’s this for an advertising hook?........”This mouthpiece has caused me to change my alto mouthpiece for the first time since 1963”. (I’d like to hear those young punks make THAT statement!)
Concerning the tenor, I’m afraid that I’ve been experiencing a little bit of a drought in my public activities for the past few weeks. (Gee......Is it something I said?.....) I’ll be back in action starting next week, but so far I have only played at home. But who needs gigs to know what’s happening? The mouthpiece is solid! For the past eight or so years, I’ve been using one that Theo Wanne made for me, one with an extremely high baffle, bigger than his standard production models. And this has been the closest thing I’ve found to the glory days of Link. Yours plays remarkably similar to it. But the more I play the two side by side, I’m leaning heavily toward yours. And for the same reasons listed above: belly and flexibility. I’ll know for sure after I’ve been out honking on a few dates, but I’ll be quite surprised if I don’t make this Number one.
- Les Thimmig
Super D Florida #6*
The NY Double D plays great!
A little brighter than my old NY Double Ring (I regretfully sold for years until now) but better harmonics (dead on) and intonation. Very responsive top to bottom
You cats should do well with this one.
Unlike others that have claimed to copy a DR --- this one does.
With my two NY Tonemasters (one refaced by Theo Wanne 16 years-- my fav mpc for the last decade or so) my tenor mpc search is over GOOD LUCK
New Yorker Alto #6M
Your RR New Yorker #6M alto mpc arrived today. It is killing ... I just love it. It is a definitely upgrade from my favorite alto piece (refaced modern Meyer). I'll be spending some quality time with it this week and will be posting about it shortly. Many thanks.
Super D Gold New York #7
Thanks again, can't say enough great things about this piece. One of the greatest examples of what the tenor is capable of sounding like. Fat, wide classic tone with instant response. Doesn't lose it's center in the extremes of range. If I can ever help you or Bob in any capacity please don't hesitate to give me a call. I've had 5 people play this piece and they all want to know where to get one.
-Justin Vasquez, VP of Resource Management New School of Music