Tip Size Definition  

tip-opening-drawing-shortThe Tip Size, or Tip-Opening, is the distance between the reed and mouthpiece tip.   This number is usually on the side of the mouthpiece body, or on the table.

The smaller the tip size the more narrow the opening; the larger the tip size the larger the opening.

 

Tip Size Characteristics  

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Popular Tip Sizes  

common-tip-sizesDifferent tip sizes are used for different styles of playing.   Classical musicians will play with a small tip size while a jazz musician will often play a larger tip size.

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:

SOPRANO TIP OPENING CHART

ALTO TIP OPENING CHART

TENOR TIP OPENING CHART

BARITONE TIP OPENING CHART

CLARINET TIP OPENING CHART