|The mouthpiece, not the saxophone, is responsible for over 80% of the tone a musician gets while playing. And half of the sound that comes from the mouthpiece comes from the baffle. The closer you get to the initial source, or creation point, of the sound wave, the larger the impact you have on the sound. Since the baffle is the very first thing that the sound wave hits, it is where the initial shape of the sound is created and has the largest impact on the resultant sound coming out of the saxophone/mouthpiece set-up.|
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|The chamber of the mouthpiece is the open area in the middle of the mouthpiece between the baffle and the bore. It is the area directly underneath the table, inside the mouthpiece. Generally there are considered to be three chamber sizes: large, medium, and small. However in actuality there are four: large, medium, small, and extra-small.|
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|The facing is the continuous curve starting from the break and ending at the tip rail. The reed sits flush against the table, and first separates from it at the break. The facing is the surface the reed vibrates against while the musician blows into the mouthpiece. The facing curve can be seen on any mouthpiece by looking at it from the side.|
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