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Rafael Navarro Saxophone Mouthpieces

Rafael Navarro Saxophone mouthpieces have taken the Sax world by storm in the last 2-3 years. With impeccable finishing, these modern classics are influenced heavily by vintage designs that have been modernised and dare we say improved upon. Navarro uses an amazing hard rubber source that produces a mouthpiece with a solid core missing in so many of the modern counterparts that feel lightweight in comparison.

With a range based on the best of vintage designs and modern needs there is a Navarro for every Sax player, from dark lush subtones to screaming pop and rock solos, there is a Navarro for all scenarios. Here we hope to help you understand the models and see what would suit you best...

The Hard Rubber Models

Navarro Ebonite Mouthpieces

Navarro Maestra - Alto Saxophone

The Rafael Navarro Alto Maestra is a culmination of Navarro's studies on the classic vintage Meyers of years gone by. The Maestra Alto strongly references a 1940's Meyer Brothers Alto similar to the one played by Cannonball Adderley. Navarro however; has improved on the curve length and baffle combination allowing this Maestra to have more volume, colour range and playability when comparing to the old vintage Meyer Bros while still having that Classic Phil Woods-Cannonball Adderley sound.

The Maestra is currently being played by Rosario Giuliani, Anibal Rojas, Bobby Martinez, Vince Herring, and so many other great saxophone players in the world. All of them are amazed by its response and range of power and colours it offers while remaining extremely flexible and easy to play. Available in black hard rubber, or the marble hard rubber. The black hard rubber can have a very slightly darker tone. This material is German and is the same classic compound that was used on the greatest mouthpieces from the 1920's to the 1960's.

Our Thoughts:

"There's a reason that pretty much all modern mouthpiece makers reference the vintage Meyer mouthpieces in their modern designs... it's simply because it works better than everything else for the vast majority of players. That said there are many ways that modern craftsmen can adapt and personalise their designs whilst staying true to the 'classic' Alto design pioneered by those Meyer Bro's pieces. The Navarro Maestra Alto mouthpiece has a solidity to it that is missing on some modern pieces, no doubt this is due to the density and quality of the core ebonite compared to the hybrid material used by some others. The Maestra Alto can push and give brightness like any good Alto mouthpiece should but it also has a depth and beauty that is sadly missing on most. From traditional jazz, ballads, big band and much more…this Maestra can pretty much do it all."
Maestra Alto Mouthpieces

Navarro Maestra - Tenor Saxophone

Most would agree this is tonally the darkest of the Navarro hard rubber models. The Maestra was thoroughly inspired by, and evolved from, the classic Link designs of the 1940's and early 1950's. Thorough research using Navarros large private collection of vintage pieces led to the evolution of this new Maestra model which combines the classic sound of days gone by but with an added layer of power and projection modern players will appreciate.

The low, short baffle smoothly transitions into a large chamber. The scooped and rounded sidewalls are carefully crafted to ensure a smooth transition in to the chamber. This all helps produce the full-bodied ‘classic jazz' Tenor sound from the 40's and 50's. The internal bore is straight and is connected in a smooth transition to the large chamber, this avoids the backlash commonly caused by tapered bores. Available in black hard rubber, or the marble hard rubber. The black hard rubber can have a very slightly darker tone. This material is German and is the same classic compound that was used on the greatest mouthpieces from the 1920's to the 1960's.

Our Thoughts:

"This Maestra really just 'gives' you a gorgeous dark and full tone with very little effort straight out of the box. Whilst that initial pleasure is reassuring it is just a taste of what's to come... If you spend some time with the Maestra not only will you learn to get even more depth and solidity from it but you'll also find that it can be pushed a little more once you get used the to the relative resistance points. We've fallen in love with the lush nature of this mouthpiece, it's got such a rich core and deep character that it really helps deliver a wonderful classic Tenor sound, it's not what we'd choose first to play pop, funk or soul etc but it would be top of the list in a small group jazz setting, swing band or even big band scenario and it's actually very difficult not to sound good on this mouthpiece!"
Maestra Tenor Mouthpieces

Navarro Be Bop Special - Tenor Saxophone

The hard rubber Be Bop Special is the Bob Mintzer model, created for and used by the great man himself and is influenced heavily by the Freddy Gregory that Bob Mintzer used to play on. The mouthpiece offers a clarity and punch that is missing on many other Tenor mouthpieces yet it combines it with a full spectrum of colours in the sound…basically think all the great things you like about Bob Mintzer's sound!

The Be Bop Special resembles a combination of an old Reso Chamber sound with the punch of a modern mouthpiece, great pains were taken with the length and design of the core and the baffle height and positioning. It has a longer core than the Maestra or Bop Boy which means there is less resistance and good clarity to the sound. The Be Bop Special isn't as dark or warm as the Maestra and feels more 'present' and immediate in tonal projection, with a leading edge to the sound. It has excellent power, second only to the Bop Boy in the Navarro range.

Available in black hard rubber, or the marble hard rubber. The black hard rubber can have a very slightly darker tone. This material is German and is the same classic compound that was used on the greatest mouthpieces from the 1920's to the 1960's.

Our Thoughts:

"The Be Bop Special is a really fun mouthpiece to play. What does that mean? Well, I suppose it means we find that experienced players can really get a great amount out of this mouthpiece, you can push it and it has a great sizzle and punch. It blows effortlessly across the whole range of the instrument. In terms of what it might be best suited to we would say that this is an excellent pop/funk horn-section mouthpiece because the tone is very centred and precise, it's not widely spread like the Maestra. Of course it would also be suitable in a Big Band or as a soloist mouthpiece, the important thing to know is that it's got a bit of sizzle and bite, but without ever getting too bright."
Be Bop Special Tenor Mouthpieces

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