The Vibra Master™ represents the Florida (1960's) era of vintage saxophone mouthpieces - the new standard.
The Johannes Gerber VIBRA MASTER™ tenor saxophone mouthpiece is a favorite among tenor saxophonists for good reason. With the Vibra Master™, we eliminated the problems you are likely to encounter when searching for the ultimate vintage mouthpiece from the 1960's.
Back in the day, mouthpieces were finished at the factory by different craftsmen and tooling changes were made from time to time, making it virtually impossible to find two vintage mouthpieces that are alike. Besides, while some truly are good players, others are not, and many have been modified or worked on since. Finding the perfect vintage mouthpiece could be a real challenge, not to mention the financial implications or disappointment.
The conception of the Vibra Master™ was a journey - every effort was made to create a mouthpiece that plays with the true vintage character saxophonists expect to experience. The medium-large chamber is finished beautifully with concave side walls and a distinctive Florida era crescent-shaped baffle.
Emanuele Cisi - Italy - Vibra Master 10 tip opening
The sound can be characterized as fat, pretty, and singing. It is an open sound with a noticeable ‘high frequency ring’, coloring the darker overall sound. Overall, it has a complex character, allowing unsurpassed freedom of expression, articulation, balance and control.
Namely You - Emanuele Cisi with Eleonora Strino - GERBER Vibra Master 10*
If you are still in the process of deciding between the Vibra Master™ and Vibra Master X™, here's a tip: in general, many saxophonists prefer the Vibra Master™ for it's broader and darker sound. Saxophonists who prefer a traditional sound with more brightness and punch, and who have a liking for the vintage mouthpieces from the 'Early Babbitt' (1970's) era, love the Vibra Master X™.
Baffle comparison: Vibra Master™ (left) vs Vibra Master X™ (right)
Craftsmanship bar none: Johannes Gerber is world renowned as a true master craftsman of saxophone mouthpieces. We have measured and inspected some of the most expensive saxophone mouthpieces in today's marketplace and have found none that compare to Gerber's accuracy, consistency, and perfect finishing - what you see in the photos is what your mouthpiece will look, and play like.
Material: We have developed a modern equivalent of the best vintage hard rubber. Our hard rubber composite uses the finest hard rubber from Germany as the main component and resonates and responds nearly identical to the hard rubber used in the vintage Otto Link and Meyer mouthpieces from the 1960's. For more information, please follow the link to the materials page.