Introducing the RM-20...the Most Inefficient Morgan Clarinet Mouthpiece Ever Made!!!!
Introducing the Morgan RM-20 Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece…the most inefficient Morgan Clarinet Mouthpiece ever made!!! Now that’s a sales pitch! Since the beginning of the Morgan Mouthpiece Company in the early 1980s, we have never offered a clarinet mouthpiece with 1.20mm opening. There was always a gap between 1.15mm and 1.25mm. The reason is Ralph Morgan insisted that 1.20mm was an inefficient opening. I never fully understood his reasoning, and never really questioned him about it. It was something he discovered during his research. It has something to do with the reed not vibrating as efficiently on a 1.20mm facing curve...
With 42 Choices, How Do You Choose The Right Morgan Soprano Sax Mouthpiece?
The Morgan Mouthpiece Company has been designing and making professional quality saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces for over 35 years. Throughout the years, we have developed a rather mature product line and continue to add new models from time to time. Currently, we have six models of soprano saxophone mouthpieces with 7 different facings for a total of 42 options. So how does a player choose the right soprano saxophone mouthpiece? First, consider the material and price. We offer all of our models in both a resin and a hard rubber. The Vintage Models are made of resin and the...
1950 Selmer Paris Factory Photos -- Part I:
We added another album of Selmer Paris Factory Photos from Ralph Morgan’s Collection. Not sure the origin of these photos. There are pictures of employees making saxophones, clarinets, parts, etc. We found these in slide format in Ralph’s workshop. My guess is these were taken around 1950. We will list more in the next couple of weeks. We posted these on the Morgan Facebook Page. Enjoy!
Ralph Morgan Tour of Selmer Paris Factory 1973
We recently found pictures that Ralph Morgan took while on a tour of the Selmer factory in Paris in the Summer/Fall of 1973. These pictures have not seen the light of day for over 40 years. There are pictures of employees making saxophones, clarinets, mouthpieces and some of the machinery. We posted them in an album on the Morgan Facebook Page. Of course, here's my favorite: We will be posting more in the future.
--So, Here's the Scoop....Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpiece Design
We are going through a lot of Ralph Morgan's old notes and articles and will be posting results of his research and development from time to time. So, here's the scoop! The scoop of the beak of a hard rubber mouthpiece is not just a physical comfort consideration. The scoop / thickness of the beak and the thickness of the side walls of a hard rubber mouthpiece are significant factors in making an efficient mouthpiece. While I already understood that mouthpieces with thinner walls respond more quickly and give it more edge, I never really thought much about the scoop and...
Meet Your Maker! Mouthpiece Maker, That Is!
Erik Greiffenhagen (easy for us to say since we have been saying it for so many years!) was born in 1958 in Hamburg, Germany but then moved to the United States with his family in 1960. Most of his childhood years were spent in the Northern part of Ohio and in 1994 he moved to Springfield, Ohio, which is currently where he calls home. He began playing saxophone and clarinet professionally in 1980 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz studies in 2000. He has played locally and nationally with a variety of Dixieland Jazz bands and is still presently...