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François Louis “Spectruoso” Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Amidst the deluge of mouthpiece makers and soundsmiths, no one person has emerged with more respect and gurulike mysticism than the Belgian acoustician François Louis. His client list is impressive, with names like Lovano, Sanchez, Berg, Reis and Potter all bearing witness to his genius. The recent unveiling of his double soprano, the Aulochrome, gives him that “mad scientist” element. Yet common saxophonists have had only two options if they’ve wanted to experience his work firsthand: settle for one of his “ultimate” ligatures (commonly available in stores) or seek an audience with Louis in his Belgian workshop. That is, until now. Due to the increased demand for his work, Louis has introduced his first mouthpiece line available to the public, the Spectruoso.

As a self-proclaimed equipment junkie, having the opportunity to review this mouthpiece was like receiving the ultimate fix. The Spectruoso is currently only available for tenor saxophone (plans include models for the other saxophones) and available at Roberto’s Woodwind Shop in New York (robertoswinds.com).

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