Tip Size Definition
The smaller the tip size the more narrow the opening; the larger the tip size the larger the opening.
Tip Size Characteristics
Popular Tip Sizes
There is no ‘right’ tip size. Play what you are comfortable on. However, as one plays more, their abdominal muscles get stronger, and it is common to go up in tip size to compensate.
This chart shows common tip sizes for various types of music.
Tip Opening Charts
Many mouthpieces may have the same tip size number on them, but they will actually be very different sizes. The charts below can help compare your mouthpieces actual size to other brands. Both modern and vintage saxophone mouthpieces are listed. All charts are in pdf format: