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Kyle Mechmet and Jody Espina demonstrate The Rousseau Classic R Alto 4R Saxophone Mouthpiece
The Rousseau Classic R Alto Saxophone mouthpiece
What makes the Classic R Alto Better for Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Orchestra and Solos?
Intonation, darkness of sound and excellent blending capability of the Classic R series are the qualities that make it a favorite of band directors.The R Series 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 R Alto saxophone mouthpiece provides for superior tone, responsiveness, and projection. It promotes a full range of tonal colors and excellent tonal center. The Classic R is designed for natural reed fit and easier tuning. The Classic R 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:
The R Series is where it all started. Over the years there have been some mouthpieces designed by player/educators but probably never before was a mouthpiece designed by someone with the qualifications of Eugene Rousseau. From his studies with Marcel Mule, the founder of the French Saxophone School and Charles Houvenaghel, the famous French Acoustician, to his designing of the modern Yamaha Saxophone, to his extensive solo career and legendary teaching, Dr. Rousseau had the background and tools to make a legendary mouthpiece which he did. Now I have the great honor to make sure that the Rousseau designs are delivered to you as intended by their creator.
If you are unsure of which model to try between the Classic R and the Classic NC Series I will always say to try both if you can. You will always be sure that you are receiving a great mouthpiece from Rousseau Music Products and if you have the luxury, try several to find the best saxophone mouthpiece for you.