In the four years that I've had my 10MFAN tenor pieces out, these are the 2 specific requests for pieces that players said they would like to see from me, and this mouthpiece will take care of one of those requests... the 2nd request piece will come out in the next 3 months.
So many players love the Merlot model because it is warm and open blowing. It has the lowest baffle height of any of my pieces and gets a huge warm and open sound. Others who want more punch and bite than that, will love The Robusto model. The Robusto is a killer all-around player, but definitely leans more for the jazz player who wants some extra fatness and punch. It wasn't designed to be a "pop" piece, but it has plenty of power to be used in a huge variety of settings. It has a longer, moderate baffle height and is incredibly well balanced. Others who seek much more power and available brights for more pop, funk, R&B, etc...have enjoyed my high baffle Boss model.
SO WHERE DOES THIS BLACK WIDOW FIT IN???
Well, many have asked me to make another powerful piece option with a less high, more moderate height baffle than the Boss has, that could cross over both the all-around and powerful piece categories VERY well.
A piece the jazz guys could use more easily than The Boss, and a piece that the powerful playing guys will love too. Thats what THE BLACK WIDOW does.
The pop guys love the Boss with the high baffle, but those pieces are not for everybody....jazz guys can have a harder time with higher baffle pieces when coming from a lower or moderate height baffle piece. I understand that, and that describes the tons of requests I have had for this new design.
It has become clear that many players want a "cross-over" category piece that is different from the other models. Something easily used for jazz stuff AND for guys playing commercial pop, blues, smooth jazz, rock, and funk type of stuff too.
The BLACK WIDOW will be loved by jazz players looking for a powerful piece that can be used for straight ahead stuff+++, and also the more commercial players looking for another design option for a powerful piece with a longer and more moderate baffle height design than The BOSS HR. The baffle goes to the chamber and makes this piece incredibly versatile.
This describes this new piece perfectly.
SOUND CONCEPT: HUUUUGE DEPTH OF SOUND AND SUPER VERSATILITY.
My feelings as a player and person who designed this, is that it has the sound of the Robusto meets a Berg over one, if that makes sense to you. The problem with Bergs for me, is that they always feel one-dimensional. They are wonderful pieces, but they get one vibe for me which is fat and punchy with grit, but I've never played a Berg that has the flexibility and versatility that this new piece has....not even close. I have owned hundreds of Bergs and as I said, they can be wonderful pieces but in the end, they just always have that one vibe for me. When you step off it with those, they still sound like a Berg. The BLACK WIDOW doesn't sound ONE way. It can have that classic vibe with lots of power available and can do the punchy thing incredibly well too. Over time as players get this piece, I will show samplings of the incredible versatility of this piece. Stay tuned....
As a player who has made a living solely on playing, teaching, selling the finest vintage mouthpieces, and now my own 10MFAN mouthpieces---- years ago I used to use both vintage Links and Bergs. I always enjoyed both but always felt like something was missing and wanted to make something that was in between those. My Robusto for me is really a beautiful combination in terms of sound of what a Link and a Berg can do...with more to offer than each. That's why it has been my main piece for the last 4 1/2 years and will always be my only piece. It just does everything that I need it to do as a player. It was the piece I have been looking for for a long time but it didn't exist...until I made it.
As for THE BLACK WIDOW, it pushes the power and punch even more and has more brights available than the Robusto-- with a new, and completely fresh design. It can also be played warm and darker, and can cross over to the funkier stuff beautifully, which is one of the reasons the versatility is so high. It is such a fun piece to play! Since I lean more towards the jazz side of things, the Robusto will remain the king for MY personal needs. I can't tell you how many players have asked for something that had more punch than the Robusto and was less extreme than The Boss-------so here it is.
These are made from the finest German hard rubber bar stock and hand finished one at a time by the great Eric Falcon.
Pictures will be coming in the next few days or so once I have the finished product to show.
Meanwhile, here are a few samplings of the sound. From the mellow old school jazz sounds to the funky Pickett vibe!
More sound samples coming shortly.....
All 4 of these cuts below are played on the same exact 7* BLACK WIDOW mouthpiece. Both players are used to bigger tip openings, and you can hear how comfortable they are with this tip and how they can let loose on it without any issues at all. Their sounds will be even bigger when they get their pieces in their normal tip openings.
ERIC SPAULDING: showing how versatile this piece is:
GREG HAWKINS: HALLELUJAH-------showing a beautiful sounding contemporary gospel side:
GREG HAWKINS: LONG TRAIN RUNNIN'----- showing the powerful vibe:
GREG HAWKINS: SMOOTH OPERATOR-------showing the smooth jazz side
$375 INTRODUCTORY price only for the month of May, so take advantage of that and order one for yourself at this price.
Until I update my website with pictures, clips, etc...
YOU CAN ORDER DIRECTLY FROM ME AT: CONNSAXMAN@COMCAST.NET
Thank you for all the incredible support.
All the best,