In 1885 following graduation from the Conservatoire de Paris, Henri Selmer began making reeds, mouthpieces, and clarinets in Paris. Today, Selmer Paris is a leading manufacturer and the preferred instrument choice among saxophone and clarinet professionals around the world. The instruments and mouthpieces continue to be hand-crafted in Paris with the fourth generation of Selmer family members leading the company.
When selecting a Henri Selmer Paris mouthpiece it is important to not only consider the physical characteristics (chamber, baffle, bore, facing length and tip opening) of the mouthpiece, but also the musical and acoustical components (sonority, volume, purity and ease of blowing). We know the selection of a mouthpiece is unique to the individual player, but below are detailed specifications to help you select the best combination unique to your desired requirements.
The Henri Selmer Paris S80 mouthpieces for the saxophone family is a popular series enjoyed by players all over the world. This top-quality mouthpiece is milled from hard rod rubber and hand-finished to assure stability and accuracy, while simultaneously offering consistent facings. The square chamber of the S80 series provides fantastic intonation. It consistently garners a large level of popularity and is routinely referenced due to its present, warm, and broad characteristics; while still preserving a full tone for the player.
Available in tip openings C, C*,C**, D, E, F
The Henri Selmer Paris S90 mouthpieces for the saxophone family are machined from hard rubber bar stock and feature a square chamber. Considered a universal mouthpiece, the S90 is a flexible mouthpiece responding easily over all registers; making it an ideal choice for both classical and studio work.
The S90 series produces a very direct and homogeneous sound, but maintains great flexibility and a balanced sweetness to meet the needs of both students and professionals alike. The square chamber of the S90 series allows for a broader range of sound.
Available in tip openings 170, 180, 190, 200
The Henri Selmer Paris “soloist” hard rubber mouthpieces are a modern copy of the famous model made during the 1950s. This vintage design features a long scroll shank with a horseshoe chamber that became the standard equipment with the now legendary Mark VI saxophones. The Soloist mouthpiece embodies all the qualities of a rich, easily modulated sound, which still remains centered. The Henri Selmer Paris Soloist mouthpiece remains homogeneous and warm across the spectrum of playing styles. A favorite among jazz musicians, soloist mouthpieces also allow classical musicians to play with greater flexibility. It also delivers a high degree of accuracy, particularly in the attack of both low notes and those on the higher end of the instrument’s register.
Available in tip openings C, C*, C**, D, E, F
Selmer Paris Concept series of mouthpieces is designed for classical playing at the professional level. The Concept series has a round chamber and small tip opening. This sleek modern design also emphasizes a rich and round sound and contains a larger opening to facilitate a breadth of sound throughout the registers. Ultimately, the Henri Selmer Paris Concept mouthpiece is a great choice for the solo player seeking to access a greater sound projection.
Available in one tip opening.
This pioneering bi-material mouthpiece with its unique acoustic and sound properties testifies to Henri SELMER Paris’ ever-growing desire to improve its products. Designed in close collaboration with Claude Delangle, this mouthpiece perfectly reflects his personality.
The Henri Selmer Paris Concept mouthpiece for clarinet has a new throat design to bring greater focus to the air flow and allowing greater density of sound for the player. The Concept mouthpiece features a larger tip opening which provides great sound projection without compromising tone. This Henri Selmer Paris mouthpiece presents a natural resonance while also securing a centered yet flexible tone.
Available in one tip opening. Features a larger 1.10mm tip opening and 23mm facing.
The Henri Selmer Paris Focus mouthpiece for clarinet has a new throat design to bring greater focus to the air flow and allowing greater density of sound for the player. The Focus mouthpiece facilitates wider array of timbres and expands ease and playability on the clarinet. This Henri Selmer Paris mouthpiece presents a natural resonance while also securing a centered yet flexible tone.
Available in one tip opening. Features a smaller 1.05mm tip opening and 23mm facing.
Not so easy to choose a mouthpiece! Although seemingly very simple in shape, this accessory is actually quite complex product, as essential for the beginner as for the professional.
The dimensions of the various parts vary from one model to another and their combination makes it possible to obtain very different designs and produce quite different acoustic results. There is a direct relationship between the physical characteristics of the mouthpiece (chamber, baffle, bore, facing length and tip opening) and its musical and acoustic components (sonority, roundness, volume, purity and ease of blowing). Any minor variation in the size of these structures can produce quite different results! Accordingly, there is no such thing as a universal mouthpiece. This makes the choice of a mouthpiece very personal as each musician must take into account his or her own objectives and physical characteristics (mouth muscles, oral cavity, teeth and lip shapes). This is why it is important to offer multiple combinations.
When selecting a mouthpiece, it is necessary to take into account both the musician and the instrument. Although seemingly simple in shape, the mouthpiece is actually quite complex and crucial to getting good results. Poor sound is sometimes blamed on the instrument when an improper mouthpiece is really at fault. Also, a good mouthpiece can noticeably improve any instrument’s sound.
The relationship between the chamber, baffle, bore, facing length and tip opening subtly affects musical and acoustical characteristics – sonority, fullness, volume, accuracy of pitch, and response. Any variation – no matter how minor – will produce quite different results.
A mouthpiece varies as each musician varies: selecting the right one depends on the desired musical results, the player’s embouchure, and the instrument. A bad combination of mouthpiece bore and clarinet bore or saxophone mouthpipe could spoil pitch accuracy, tone quality, and response.
Players should not always choose the easiest-playing mouthpiece. A better choice is one that allows total control of reed vibrations and may offer some resistance.
Once the mouthpiece has been selected, the next task is choosing a reed. Always try to adapt a reed to the new mouthpiece’s features; a reed that gave satisfactory results with another mouthpiece will not necessarily work with this one.