Saxophone Mouthpiece Refacers & Makers
My favourite saxophone mouthpiece refacers & makers: Sebastian Knox, Phil Engleman “Phil-Tone”, Brian Powell, Robert Scott.
Sebastian Knox built his skills in Ted Klum’s mouthpiece workshop as his apprentice for several years. He is now back to his home town Toronto, Canada and offers woodwind services and mouthpiece designs. His fees are slightly higher but still reasonable and turnaround time is about a month after he receives the mouthpiece. He is easy to talk to and responds to all emails promptly, so you won’t be in radio silence for months after you send the mouthpiece (which can happen with some well-known refacers). He does not sign the mouthpiece for some reasons, although I think it would be nice, but he thinks that his work is recognizable and there’s no need to sign it.
He worked on a Vandoren A45, a mouthpiece that already played well but it was quite rough and needed some cleaning. He reshaped the baffle a little bit, flattened the table and recreated facing and rails. The mouthpiece retained its original character, but it now plays bigger and easier from top to bottom and it is reed friendly. Also he refaced my Otto Link Florida (tenor) from 8* down to 8 and this mouthpiece now plays unbelievably smooth and balanced.
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 corrected my Vandoren T75 Blue.