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Meticulously crafted, extensively playtested.

The NJS Hummingbird mouthpiece is a Guardala inspired, handmade tenor mouthpiece designed to be warm, moderately focused, and symbiotic with the player. Each one is meticulously crafted and extensively playtested by me. I’ve played Guardalas for nearly all of my years on tenor, and too much of the time found myself struggling to keep my sound from getting too bright and thin. The NJS Hummingbird is my solution, maintaining character and power from a Guardala, while being richer, warmer, more controllable, and better responding. They are set up to enable the player to really sculpt their sound, sounding better and better the more they are played.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I began an adventure into metal casting and mouthpiece making, which have become huge passions for me. After years of methodical experimentation and refinement of both skill sets, I have arrived at a product I am very proud of. With NJS mouthpieces, I have sought to create something that honors the traditions of high craftsmanship in the saxophone world; that is made with care, attention to detail, and built to last. You won’t find any unfounded claims or gimmicks here, just my honest impressions. Ultimately, I want my work to speak for itself: each mouthpiece has a 7 day money back guarantee.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

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Features

  • .105" to .115" tip openings

  • Long elliptical facing

  • Medium high, rounded over baffle

  • Medium chamber

  • Scooped sidewalls

  • 3 beak options from low duckbill to traditional

Playing Characteristics

  • Responsive throughout entire range

  • Can be pushed without tone breaking up

  • Stable altissimo

  • Clean, stable tonguing, no shrill or squeakyness

  • In tune

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Construction

  • Perfectly even facing

  • Dialed in baffle

  • Truly flat table

  • Thin, symmetrical rails

  • Tip rail shaped to La Voz reeds

  • Clean filework, sanded interior with minimal tool marks

  • 0.67" bore (not annoyingly tight on cork)

Extras

  • Handmade custom ligature

    • Classic 2 screw design​

    • Made from the same bronze

    • Lacquered to reduce scratching

  • Cherry wood box with foam insert​

  • Blue Sunshine polishing cloth

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Made by me

  • Handmade by me in Washington, USA

  • I alloy my own bronze from pure metals

  • Extensively play tested

  • Highest quality single-piece castings

  • I utilize CAD modeling, additive manufacturing, and precision investment casting

Material

  • Unplated silicon bronze

  • 100% lead free

  • Superior corrosion resistance over brass

  • Can be seamlessly repaired

  • Antibacterial

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Trial Policy

  • 7 day trial policy

    • Starting from day of delivery confirmation

    • You pay return shipping​

  • Mouthpiece must returned without damage

    • Tarnish is okay​

Customizations

  • I'm able to make extensively customized mouthpieces

  • Contact me to discuss your needs and receive a quote

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