Saxophone Mouthpiece Refacers & Makers
Phil Engleman “Phil-Tone”
Phil Engleman is easy to get in touch and he responds to the emails quickly. His fee is reasonable but when he works on a vintage (valuable) piece he will ask about 20% more on regular fee and his turnaround time is really short, about two weeks plus transit time so if you need the job to be done quickly, Phil is your man, he lives in Salem, Oregon. He signs the mouthpieces he worked on Phil-Tone with actual tip opening. Also if you want the piece to play darker or brighter just let him know and he will make it play how you want it. He developed his own line of handcrafted saxophone mouthpieces so check it out here.
He worked on a couple of my pieces (Vandoren, Otto Link Florida), and turned them all into excellent players. I sold most of them as I had to clean out my drawer. My Otto Link Florida 8* (No USA) for tenor he customized was all original when I bought it but was stuffy and unresponsive. Phil just flattened the table, cleaned the facing but tip opening remained original (.115) and now it plays in its full potential. He also did similar work on my Otto Link Florida 9 (USA) recently.
UPDATE! Phil moved to France, he resides in Pyrenees Orientales region.
My first couple of mouthpieces I have refaced were done by Brian Powell. He is also easy to get in touch, his fee is reasonable and turnaround time depends on how much work he has, but expect about eight weeks give or take. He lives in Dayton, Ohio. Brian is probably one of the busiest men in refacing business and you can find a great amount of the mouthpieces he refaced floating around the globe at buy-sell forums and eBay. When you send him a mouthpiece he will ask you what you want from the piece, what problem you have, what reeds strength you use, what music you play and other details. When you get the mouthpiece back from him you get also a kind of signed certificate with all the details of what was done on the piece. The mouthpieces he refaced are signed BP with actual tip opening. In a partnership with Erik Greiffenhagen they have their own saxophone mouthpiece line called Mouthpiece Cafe.
His work for me was on Otto Link Florida 8* which was heavily damaged (don’t ask how) and sitting in my drawer for ten years. He managed to save the piece and turn it into a great sounding Otto Link, he also put the new bite plate on it. I sold it to a friend as he offered me a price I could not refuse. 😉 He worked also for me on a few Selmer Soloists HR (all sold) and my current Blue Vandoren T75 tenor mouthpiece.
Robert Scott seems to be a kind of a mystery man; he is not easy to get in touch with as he does not advertise his business nor does he have a website or publicly available phone or email (can’t find any in Google). I assume, as I haven’t met him personally, that he is older because he has been in the business for decades, but still is doing the job as of writing this post. I got his email from a SOTW member who knew him personally. Anyway, Bob lives in Lansing, Michigan, his fee is more than acceptable ($50 per mouthpiece, plus shipping), turnaround time is short and as a payment method he accepts only Western Union or cash if you visit him personally.
He is famous for his work on Selmer (classical) mouthpieces for Donald Sinta and James Umble and other American classical players, but he works also on other classical pieces. An info I found on SOTW forum is that he only does the mail-order refacing on alto pieces, as the only horn he owns is an alto. If you want soprano, tenor or baritone mouthpiece done, you need to visit him at his house with your horn, but that might have changed since. The mouthpieces he refaced are signed C.R.S.
The work he did for me was on Selmer S80 C* alto mouthpiece. This piece already played well out of the box but was picky about the reeds. I wanted Bob to do his magic on it, and as I see he flattened the table, did some chamber work and I think (after looking at other pieces he worked on) that his trademark are those quite wide side rails. The piece is now more free blowing, reed friendly and balanced throughout the entire range.
Morgan Fry worked on one of my pieces (Vandoren Java T75) and he did a good job making it a great player (this piece is now for sale). Initially he responded quickly to my emails, but when I mailed the piece and paid for the job it was radio silence from him for five months. I sent him a couple of emails, but eventually he replied when I started this thread on SOTW forum. He apologized as he was busy and backed up and even offered a refund. Soon afterwards I got the mouthpiece. He does not sign the piece, at least he did not sign mine. Morgan Fry is based in Leeds, England.