Meyer Connoisseur Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
The original vintage New York Meyer Alto Sax mouthpiece is the most sought after mouthpiece in history. As time went on and Meyer (whether the original Meyer or JJ Babbitt who makes Meyer today) continued to modify their mouthpieces, many players have sought to reclaim the performance of previous models. This has driven the pricing of vintage New York Meyer’s into the 4 digit price range! As a result, JJ Babbitt has sought to bring back much of the performance characteristics of the history of the Meyer brand, offering players the choice of performance styles in modern mouthpieces. The first of the line was the 100th Anniversary “NY Meyer” models which have been a huge success. Now, Babbitt continues this with the Meyer Connoisseur Alto Sax Mouthpiece!
The Meyer Connoisseur alto mouthpiece is based on the original Meyer Bros New York mouthpiece that Cannonball played on and had retro-fitted with a brass retention ring due to a crack in the mouthpiece shank. This new model is a warmer, richer tone than the NY Meyer models while maintaining great response and control.
Original Molds, Cores and Cams…
Molding a mouthpiece requires many unique tools. With the Meyer Connoisseur Alto mouthpiece, Babbitt has returned to using the Original Molds (exterior shape), Cores (chamber and shank) and Facing Cams (creates the facing curve & baffle) used during the Meyer Bros production. This means that these are truly the ORIGINAL mouthpiece re-born, not just a “marketing” gimmick but truly a great mouthpiece brought back from the most legendary brand.
In addition to the original manufacturing tools, the Connoisseur models feature a rubber that has an enhanced vulcanization process the more closely emulate the original hardness/density of the original mouthpieces. Increased time in the hand finishing of these models yields a higher quality mouthpiece that brings out the performance of the original design.
Included with the Connoisseur mouthpiece is a replica of the original Bonade style ligature.
Free Legere American Cut Reed!
Kessler & Sons is always trying to provide you with the best value possible. Every great jazz mouthpiece needs a great jazz reed! So with the purchase of a new Meyer Connoisseur alto sax mouthpiece, we will include your choice of strength on the Legere American Cut reed for free! Please note of course, that we do not allow returns on reeds, so if you return the mouthpiece for any reason, we will deduct the cost of the reed from the refund. So if you want, we can ship the mouthpiece first and then after you decide to keep it, we can send the reed of your choice later.
The Meyer Connoisseur Alto Sax Mouthpiece is available 4 facings and only the 1 chamber.
- 5 – .071″ Tip
- 6 – .076″ Tip
- 7 – .081″ Tip
- 8 – .086″ Tip
Trial & Return
Kessler & Sons Music offers a 3 day trial / return policy by default on all in stock 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 scratches, but this does not 100% protect them.
We also install a tooth patch before shipping. 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.
Brand new from Babbitt, all Meyer mouthpieces arrive to us with a paper tape seal on the box. However, it is our responsibility as a dealer to make sure that you are getting both the mouthpiece and quality that you are paying for! As mentioned above, we place a tooth patch and protective blue tape on every mouthpiece we ship out, in order to assist in scratch prevention while you test.
This means that Kessler & Sons does not ship a sealed Meyer mouthpiece. We do this as well to make sure that the right mouthpiece is in the box! Companies can make mistakes and we have seen boxes contain the wrong mouthpiece in them (we had several of the NY Meyer 6M that actually had a standard Meyer 6M in the box instead of the NY model). So we make sure that the mouthpiece is the correct mouthpiece and that the facing of the mouthpiece is true so that you can have a great playing mouthpiece right out of the box!