TM Vocalise Alto Saxophone Mouthpieces

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Designed for McAllister by Hawkins. Crafted by Backun.

A fresh take on classical tradition.

It takes a lot to break from tradition. The first ever mouthpiece series by renowned saxophone artist, Timothy McAllister, and legendary mouthpiece craftsperson, Richard Hawkins, is nothing short of groundbreaking. Together with the advanced design and manufacturing capabilities of Backun, Vocalise Saxophone Mouthpieces provide classical artists with an elevated foundation on which to perform today’s advanced and challenging literature. A new generation of mouthpieces for the next generation of artists.

Features, models and product details can be found below. 

Features

Industry leading technology, materials, and performance.


Models

Vocalise TM1

A close facing mouthpiece with faster response, the TM1 provides artists with a more direct and focused tone across all registers. Artists seeking enhanced flexibility and clean articulation will appreciate the tonal clarity that the TM1 delivers.

Tip opening = 1.44mm.

If You've Played: Selmer S90 series (170), Selmer S80 series (C/C*), Selmer Concept, Vandoren AL3, Rousseau Classic.

Reed Pairings: Vandoren Classic 3 1/2 or 4, Vandoren V12 3 or 3 1/2, D’Addario Reserve 3.5, Legere Signature 3.50 or 3.75.



Vocalise TM2

An open facing mouthpiece that yields a warmer, more robust response that projects incredibly well in larger symphonic settings. Artists will benefit from the core sound of the TM2, which remains consistent at higher volumes, while possessing the ability to float pianissimos with great stability.

Tip opening = 1.53mm.

If You've Played: Selmer S90 series (190), Selmer Claude Delangle Model, Vandoren AP3.

Reed Pairings: Vandoren Classic 3, Vandoren V12 2 1/2 or 3, D’Addario Reserve 3.0 or 3.0+, Legere Signature 3.00 or 3.25. 

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06/25/2022
Steve C.
United States

Just wow!

Perhaps the most important saxophone innovation of this century is the new Vocalise saxophone mouthpiece. Giving ease and clarity throughout the entire extended range of the saxophone allowing the artist to focus on interpretation rather than tonal production. Bravo!

ES
06/15/2022
Evan S.
United States United States

What I've Always Been Searching For

The TM1 is what I’ve always been searching for in a classical mouthpiece! It has a remarkable depth of color and consistency throughout the entire range of the instrument and features a comfortable expansiveness in the shorter notes right underneath the break. For me, it is a synthesis of many of the positive attributes I’ve appreciated in other mouthpieces but plays much more comfortably than any mouthpiece I’ve had previously. I feel like I suddenly don’t have to accommodate the mouthpiece’s tendencies in different registers and can simply project the sound I imagine! It has immediately become my new mouthpiece. It is a joy to play – I can’t put it down!

DG
06/15/2022
Dan G.
United States United States

The new Vocalise TM1 and TM2 mouthpieces from Backun are the highest quality mouthpieces available to the modern classical saxophonist. This is not a fluke but rather the result of the highest level of artistry, craftsmanship, and innovation from the inimitable trio of Timothy McAllister, Richard Hawkins, and Backun Musical Services. With the TM2, I have a mouthpiece that enables more of my reeds to function consistently as performance reeds, a quick and resonant response in all registers, and a tonal palette that allows for great depth and warmth while maintaining timbral purity and roundness at all dynamics. Any serious student of the instrument should have these in their case as they are the perfect pairing with synthetic or cane reeds. Rather than just a new mouthpiece, this line represents a great step forward in our instrument's development - Dan Graser; Sinta Quartet, Grand Valley State, author of "Chops" series

SV
06/08/2022
Saul V.
United States United States

TM1 & TM2

For the past couple days I've been testing these mouthpieces and I'm impressed with both! From the gearhead who collects everything and any students/pros looking for a new mp, I'd certainly recommend this. Played both with a Rigotti 3 and Nexus 3 reed size.. both got a good seal and pop (smooth & even tables). TM1 has a quick response with ease; TM2 also great response with some resistance that I feel gives it a warmer sound. Through my range on the horn they had an even timbre (altissimo on the TM2 was slightly harder, though I'm not up there regularly).