Welcome back, all! Today, I will be reviewing a new series of mouthpieces from Japanese saxophone make, Yanagisawa, the AC140 and SC120. Prior to this new series, Yanagisawa mouthpieces were limited to a single hard rubber line and metal line, both of which were generally regarded to be more jazz-oriented. It’s great to see more and more great manufactures jump into spaces that had previously left classical saxophonists wanting! These mouthpiece review units were graciously provided by Conn-Selmer. If you want to learn even more about Yanagisawa Classical series, check out this link: http://bit.ly/yani-sixs-ligature-and-mpc
Check out my video reviews (including playing comparisons) below.
TLDW: The AC140 alto mouthpiece has a smaller more intimate sound but plays with best-of-class response and articulation across the registers. The SC120 soprano mouthpiece has a bigger rounder sound but a bit more resistance than I was expected, given the characteristics of the alto mouthpiece. Both are well-made and a good value relative to other products on the market, even if the packaging and presentation are left a bit wanting in comparison to Selmer or Vandoren.