The VINTAGE SLANT is an all time favorite - the true, neutral and transparent tenor saxophone mouthpiece.
The Johannes Gerber VINTAGE SLANT tenor saxophone mouthpiece is modeled after the classic 1950’s tenor sound. The sound is characterized as warm and rich in harmonic content - darker but lively - true and transparent. While many of the vintage pieces of the past play very well, they are also known to be inconsistent - they were finished by different craftsmen at the factory and the internal and external dimensions changed from time to time - no two are the same, and it's becoming harder and harder to find a good one in original condition.
Johannes Gerber compiled a database of vintage mouthpiece's measurements over many years and used the data from his favorite mouthpieces during the conception of the Vintage Slant.
Tucker Antell - Grime Scene - GERBER Vintage Slant - 9* tip opening
The medium-large chamber is finished with beautifully sculpted concave side-walls and a medium ‘New York’ era roll-over baffle, resulting in an evenly balanced sound through the range of the saxophone. Projection and power are excellent for this type of design and the precisely finished facing and rails facilitate fast articulation and control.
Several saxophonists ordered the Gerber VINTAGE SLANT as a backup to their original 'slants' and ended up liking it more. Some described it as the perfect substitute for their ‘No USA’ slant Links.
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.