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Saxophone Mouthpiece Facing

The facing is how the mouthpiece curves away from the table to the tip. The point where the reed separates away from the table is called the breakpoint. The facing length is the actual distance measured in millimeters, from where the tip of the mouthpiece curves away from the reed. I use a medium facing length which will give you great response, performance, and playability in the lower, middle, and upper registers.


Short Facing: It will emphasize the upper register due to less of the reed vibrating. If you are looking for a quicker response and less resistance, this may be a good choice. Keep in mind the lower register won't respond as well due to less of the reed vibrating.


Medium Facing: Is the middle point of a short and long facing. This facing is the best of both worlds allowing you better control and ease of playing in the lower, middle, and upper registers. I use this facing on all WC Sax mouthpiece models.


Long Facing: It will emphasize the lower register due to the thicker part of the reed being able to vibrate more freely. If you are looking for more resistance and a fuller sound, this may be a good choice. Keep in mind the upper register won't respond as well due to more of the reed vibrating.

Saxophone Mouthpiece Curve