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Mouthpiece Position on the Soprano Saxophone

Mouthpiece Position on the Soprano Saxophone:

It is very important that the mouthpiece be pushed in or down on the neck cork a good amount for the soprano to play properly… this will of course vary a little but most players do not push the mouthpiece on the cork far enough.. The length of the mouthpiece will vary. If the mouthpiece is not on the neck enough then the results are *The lower register does not respond, *The upper or middle register can be flat, you need to find the Sweet Spot…

There are 2 different lengths of soprano saxophone mouthpieces:
1. The original *Short Shank, the new Super Session Selmer Mouthpiece is a short shank.
2. Many of the modern soprano mouthpieces are longer and need to be pushed on the cork a very good amount for the soprano to play properly.

*The saxophone Sweet Spot is where the mouthpiece is on the neck so the saxophone plays its best… When you find the Sweet Spot the response will be its best, the pitch will be its best, the tone will be its best.
*The saxophone is designed from the tip of the mouthpiece to the bottom of the bell, not from the end of the neck to the bottom of the bell… so, where the mouthpiece fits on the neck is very important. This is why we need to find the Sweet Spot..

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Good repairman

If you are in the area and need help then you need to see Jim



Jim Germann is a professional woodwind musician, playing flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone with a degree from Berklee College of Music in composition. While performing as a musician in Los Angeles, Jim worked with Oleg Garbuzov, repairing woodwind instruments for professionals, including top studio musicians from around the world. 

Instrument Repair Experience

When Jim moved to Pittsburgh, PA, he developed a local following. While still playing with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, he co-owned Hollis and Germann Music. His business was the premier wind instrument shop in the Pittsburgh area. Musicians would drive for hours to make sure their instruments were only repaired by Jim. He continues to receive horns to repair from loyal customers across the country.

Jim Germann has been trusted to repair woodwind instruments of musicians in a variety of professional jazz and orchestral ensembles including: Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Los Angeles studio musicians, Phoenix Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Tower of Power

Woodwind Performance Experience

In addition to repairing woodwind instruments, Jim has remained an in-demand woodwind performer in a variety of styles including jazz, muscial theater and classical.

He has been heard in countless ensembles over the years.
Touring acts: Al Hirt, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman

Bands: Bill Holman’s Band, Bill Watrous, Bob Florence, Gordon Brisker, Pat Longo, Roger Neuman

Orchestras: Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theater, Pittsburgh Broadway Series, Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony

Grammy Award Winning Recordings & Other Recordings

Jim was a musician in the bands that recorded: The New York Voices

Nancy Wilson’s Grammy Award-winning “Turned Blue” (2006)

Nancy Wilson’s Grammy Award-winning “R.S.V.P.” (2004)

Passion for his Craft

Jim’s skill in playing woodwind instruments and passion for fine-tuning the craft has led him to be one of the foremost woodwind repair artists in the country. Since he knows how a good horn should feel and play, he can sense when something isn’t quite right and make adjustments that will bring out the very best in every instrument.

New Location in Phoenix

Jim and his wife recently moved to Arizona to be closer to their children and open a new shop. He continues to do what he knows and loves: playing woodwind instruments and bringing his customers the opportunity to play the very best instruments too.


15414 N. 7th St. Suite 7

Phoenix, AZ 85022

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It is very important to remember that good practice habits are the only thing that will really improve your playing.

New instruments can be great, new mouthpiece can be great but in the end you must practice… it is so important to get to know the instrument and mouthpiece you are playing…. learn what they do… learn what they cannot do…. Know your equipment!

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Tea Kittle Reg. Pip

Tales of a Woodwind Repairman 7.9.20: This is what was called the “Tea Kittle” register tube that Selmer had for a while…. It had two holes in the register pip.. both oblong… this really helped clear up the A above the staff on both altos and tenors… really good for the tenor…. I do not know how many saxophones they made with this register pip but the ones I have played really seemed to work great….

tea kittle reg. pip
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Private lessons

Why should we take private lessons? It is very simple… if you have a good teacher they can show you short cuts to becoming a better player…. they have experience, they have played a lot and they are older… I am not saying you couldn’t learn these things by yourself…. but a good teacher can get you there faster……

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“Cip” as he is known is the longest living woodwind player in the Los Angeles studio business… he is of course a legend here in LA… and I think most of the world…. he plays everyting, he is the nicest guy and he is a lot of fun to hang with…. it is his Birthday and in good taste I will not tell you how old he is… just to say he is one of the few peopleI know that is older than me!

Cip Tom R. Photo
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Lanny’s Licks

Lanny’s Licks are by the Jazz Legend Saxophonist Lanny Morgan… Lanny has donated these beginning patterns to the Rheuben Allen Music Education Foundation for educational use…. NOT FOR SALE!.. Please feel free to download for students at no cost to the teachers or students…

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