Kessler Custom New York Short Shank Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Based on New York Meyer Bros Mouthpiece
Mouthpiece is THE MOST important piece of equipment for the saxophone player. Our Kessler Custom line of mouthpieces are designed for specific styles of performance and musicality. This model is our “New York Short Shank”. It is our premier “Professional Jazz” mouthpiece for alto sax.
First, this mouthpiece kit is a combination of 2 proven vintage jazz designs rolled into one mouthpiece.
Vintage Design Inspiration 1 – Facing
We use our professional vintage Meyer Bros. New York 5M (equivalent to a modern day 7 at a .079″ tip) facing with a good rollover baffle. This is a completely handmade facing and is extremely responsive with a softer reed (2 1/2 for most players). It responds very favorably with a great jazz reed like the Vandoren V16 and the improved Rico Jazz Select reeds.
Vintage Design Inspiration 2 – Chamber
The chamber is based on the vintage Meyer Bros New York Medium round chamber. It produces a great core tone with great projection!
Vintage Design Inspiration 3 – Ligature
We have made special arrangements with Rico to be able to provide their high performance “H-Ligature” (gold plate, with fitted cap) with this mouthpiece. In retail stores, this ligature and cap have a retail value of OVER $60 – but is included for FREE with our mouthpiece! This ligature is a modern design based on the vintage Harrison ligatures and offers excellent reed vibration while maintaining a good reed seal and a warm tone. This ligature is a GREAT improvement from standard ligatures giving longer reed life (from lack of center pressure on the reed) and a richer tone with greater presence to your sound.
Kessler & Sons Music offers a 3 day trial / return policy by default on instruments and mouthpieces. There are no cleaning fees or restocking fees (assuming that the item is returned in proper condition).
When we ship the mouthpiece, we install a blue protective film over the logo to help protect the logo from unrepairable scratches while it is being tested. We also install a tooth patch before shipping. This way you can test the mouthpiece without fear of damage. We recommend leaving these items on the mouthpiece during the testing phase and only to remove them after you have made the decision to keep the mouthpiece.
Please read our terms & conditions (link at the bottom of the page) for full details on this policy.
The Rico H-Ligature is a modern day replica of the vintage Harrison ligatures. This ligature offers good reed seal in the four corners of the reed and is very easy to use. The give good tonal flexibility and performance. Includes a plastic cap that is vented and has rubber rails so that the cap fits securely on the ligature with no chance of sliding off when stored in case.
FREE with New York Short Shank!!!
(Retail Value: $62.50)
The Rovner VERSA replaces the old Eddie Daniels model. The ligature seals the reed on the outside edges to leave maximum vibration from the center of the reed. Includes 2 weights for the reed pressure plate, the VERSA gives a total of 6 reed contact combinations so that you can dial in the sound that you want. VERSA ligatures give a characteristically rich tone. Includes a fitted plastic cap.
Add on for Only $35.00 with New York Short Shank!
(Retail Value: $81.96)