From Rafael Navarro:
“The mouthpiece is the most personal part of the saxophone. It helps transform your soul and ideas into music. My passion is to make sure nothing gets in the way. My designs reflect decades of listening, playing and working with great players. It’s why each mouthpiece is created from one solid rod of the finest materials available, then hand-finished to enable the utmost in harmonics and complexity.
Each mouthpiece I create is handcrafted; I work much like a sculptor with a piece of unformed clay or un-chiseled stone. Within each blank lives beauty yet to be revealed. I start by obtaining the finest quality hard rubber and metal rods to produce my different mouthpiece models. Careful shaping, coupled with the precise removal of excess material, allows the voice within to be released. I personally work each mouthpiece until I’m satisfied that I have attained its greatest potential.
I make mouthpieces for the people! In many ways, it’s a labor of love for me. It excites me to know that my mouthpiece will free up a player’s creativity, and enable him or her to find their voice. Every piece will have a solid tonal core, with a complexity of harmonics and color at the edges. The rest is up to the player and the infinite nature of creativity. My mouthpieces are an option for everyone and my intention is to provide the highest quality possible and the most affordable price for such handcrafted mouthpieces.”
To learn more, visit the Navarro website.