Gerber VIBRA MASTER "X" Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
The VIBRA MASTER X™ represents the 1970's Early Babbitt era of vintage saxophone mouthpieces.
The Johannes Gerber VIBRA MASTER X™ tenor saxophone mouthpiece is inspired by the vintage mouthpieces from the 1970's. Compared to the Vibra Master™, it has a shorter and higher roll-over baffle, hence the abbreviation "X", for extra. The Vibra Master X™ leans toward a more contemporary sound, which can be described as punchy, fat, with plenty of core and a noticeable high-partial 'ring' to the sound. Compared to the Vibra Master™, it has a slightly more compact sound, with increased brilliance when pushed.
The masterfully crafted roll-over baffle flows into a medium-large chamber with concave side-walls. The facing and rails are optimized for optimal balance of response and tone through the range of the saxophone, and are finished to the highest level of accuracy found in the industry.
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.