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The Rousseau Classic NC Tenor Saxophone mouthpiece
What makes the Classic NC Tenor better for Saxophone Concert Band, Quartet, Orchestra and Solos?
It was designed by Eugene Rousseau, one of the most significant players and teachers of saxophone for the past fifty years. Rousseau is not only one of the world’s finest classical players and a most prominent teacher; he also learned about woodwind acoustics and design from Charles Houvenaghel, regarded at that time as the greatest acoustician since Adolph Sax.
This Classic NC Tenor Sax Mouthpiece provides for superior tone, responsiveness, and projection. It promotes a full range of tonal colors and excellent tonal center. The Classic NC Tenor is designed for natural reed fit and easier tuning. The Classic NC is available for all saxophone models (S/A/T/B) and can provide a consistent tonal base for the entire saxophone section and small ensembles.
Rousseau mouthpieces are designed for saxophonists at every level from World Class Concertizing Artists, To University Professors to aspiring students from Middle School to College.
Rousseau mouthpieces are made from traditional hard Rubber and manufactured 100% in the USA and then expertly hand finished by our artisans at the JodyJazz Factory on the crucial and indispensable final details of the mouthpiece such as baffle and tip rail.
At the JodyJazz Factory we play test every single Rousseau Mouthpiece after we do extensive hand work and gauge and measure each piece. Consistency and Excellence is our Obsession.
From Jody Espina:
When I was designing the Chedeville line of Classical mouthpieces I was play testing and studying every classical saxophone mouthpiece on the market. While I went in another direction with the Chedeville line, again and again I came back to the Rousseau Classic NC as the best Classical saxophone mouthpiece. It is my favorite for all of the reasons you would imagine, sound, feel, control and intonation but that’s what every mouthpiece claims to have better than the other.But for me and so many others I know, The Classic NC puts me instantly right where I want my Classical saxophone sound to be and I haven’t found another mouthpiece that puts me this close. Simply put, the Rousseau Classic NC is my favorite Classical Saxophone Mouthpiece of all time.