What world class players and educators are saying about our Work

 

 

Jerry Bergonzi
Boston, MA
"Brian and Eric are two master mouthpiece experts. They have refaced thousands of pieces and make them the way you want, as opposed to someone who just makes them their way. They work with you and are very accessible. They are the greatest. Every detail is covered by them."
Jerry Bergonzi
 
Arnie Krakowsky
Boston, MA
In my estimation, Brian Powell is at the top of his profession.  His work is impeccable.  His vast knowledge of mouthpieces, facings, curves and materials come into play when he's working on your mouthpiece.  He has immersed himself into his craft as a scientist or a researcher would. Beyond this and most important, he is an honest guy with no agenda.  He will listen to your wants and needs and deliver!!!!!! His partner Erik is from the same mold.  He is another wizard with thousands of mouthpieces under his belt.  Honesty and integrity is number one with Erik. The website says mouthpiece guys when in fact it should read two mouthpiece wizards or genies. I'm proud to be one of their many happy customers!
Arnie Krakowsky

 Mark Overton
http://www.saxquest.com

I'm glad to see Erik and Brian launching a web site. In all the years of operating Saxquest, I've only trusted three people to work on my vintage mouthpieces, Paul "Doc" Tenney, Erik Greiffenhagen and Brian Powell. Needless, to say, I've been extremely happy with the work that Erik and Brian produce. I'm also very impressed with how well they work together. It makes absolutely no difference to me wether its Brian or Erik who actually works on the mouthpiece. Either way, I'm confident the job will be finished to a very exacting standard and with a fantastically quick turn-around time. Vintage mouthpieces are each unique and the "proper" job can require a variety of techniques. Brian and Erik always take a multi-factorial approach to each job and value "doing it right" over concerns for the time-consuming nature of the technique used. In my own saxophone repair shop, I attach an exorbitantly high premium to detailed hand-craftsmanship over everything else. In this regard, the Mouthpiece Guys live up to a shop standard that any top professional player would find refreshing. 

Randy Emerick
Sunrise, FL

The Mouthpiece Guys have done work for me on Soprillo, Tenor Sax, and Bass Sax, which almost covers the world of Bb!  Everything has been an unquialified success.  Erik and Brian work every day, day in and day out, putting world-class facings on all kinds of woodwind mouthpieces.  It is not a hobby or a sideline for them.  As far as I'm concerned, they are the leading edge in an all-but-lost art.
http://www.myspace.com/saxpsychosis

Steve Neff
Brookline, NH
Holy Cow!  This piece is great! I just got four pieces back today from Brian Powell.  This is the JVW refaced Link that has a clip posted of it last year.  This piece always played nice but didn't have any guts to it.  I really couldn't dig in with it.  I played another HR Link that Brian had done and i was so impressed I sent him this JVW Link.  That's a big gamble because JVW isn't around anymore and once changed there's no going back.  Man, am I happy though.  Every piece I sent Brian I played today and every one is killer compared to before.  I mean before they were all good before ut now they play that much better.  I'm sold on this guy.  I hate to post good things about him because I know the next time I send him a piece the wait will be even longer, but he deserves it.  The piece still has the beauty and ring it had but even more so!  It has a great presence to it also, I can feel the sax vibrating under my fingers and the sound is huge.
http://neffmusic.com

Eric Spaulding
Pittsburgh, PA

Brian, the work on this old Dukoff short-shank tenor piece is insanely good.  I wanted to give it a month of heavy use before gushing about it.  The huge sound, the cavern-like low register and the altissimo... it's spot on.  I'd hear that these pieces can be tubby and lack projection, but this one absolutely sings.  In the span of one week, I recorded my own B3 organ quartet, played a club date with Duke Robillard and an outdoor gig with Roomful of Blues, as well as a quiet jazz trio hit and this piece handled it all with ease.  Man, I never knew that it could be so much easier!  I thought my old Links were the best out there, but your work on this piece blows all of those away.  Thank you for the time, the craftsmanship, and the communication throughout.


Dan St. Marseille
Orange, CA

"I've spent many years searching for someone to do custom work on my mouthpieces, without much success. Then, I met Brian and Eric and things really started happening. Some of my older vintage mouthpieces were resurrected and now play better than ever. They understand how to make a mouthpiece respond and the fine tuning that makes so many more reeds play!
   All my clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces have been made perfect by these guys and their work has blessed many of my students.
    I believe if you have an "off the shelf" mass produced piece or one that hasn't been looked at for awhile, it will change your life to have the mouthpieceguys.com check the facing and make it perform as well as it can."
Dan St. Marseille
clarinet/saxophonist performer and recording artist
 
  

David Valdez
Portland OR

“I had the Mouthpiece Guys copy my Slant Link hard rubber alto piece for my students. Their copies were all smoking! They played exactly like my rare Slant Link 6, a $600 mouthpiece. I had never played anything as good as mine until then. The copies cost under $200 including the blank, for a savings of over $400 compared to a vintage slant Link! I’m going to get one myself as a backup for my main piece. The Mouthpiece Guys are true masters of art of mouthpiece making. They are very receptive to the needs of the player, reasonable and blazing fast. I cannot recommend them too highly. The Mouthpiece Guys will end your mouthpiece struggles once and for all. If you want a great alto piece just ask Brian for the Valdez Slant Link/V16 model”

http://davidvaldez.blogspot.com/2006/11/brian-powell-mouthpiece-wizard.html

 

Mark Sepinuck  "10MFan"
sunny Florida
I sell more collectible, vintage mouthpieces than anyone on the net…and when I need a mouthpiece refaced perfectly, the guys I turn to are Brian and Eric. I have tried all the biggest names in mouthpiece refacing, and these two guys are superb. The turnaround is very quick, and the workmanship on the pieces is exquisite. My philosophy in selling pieces is, if a piece needs to be refaced to make it the best possible player, than that’s the route I go. Profit margins come 2nd to playability. If you sell great playing pieces, than you’ll get more business from guys who really care about sound and playability. If a piece needs some lovin’, than I send it to Brian and Eric! I know mouthpieces, and I know TREMENDOUS mouthpiece work when I see it and play it. I turned Jerry Bergonzi onto their work, and he’s now a client.
The MOUTHPIECEGUYS are the best of the best!!!!!!!
 
from an EBay ad:   "...reworked by Brian Powell, the best mouthpiece guy on the planet!"
Mark Sepinuck
“10MFAN” all over the net
 
Les Arbuckle
Boston, MA
 "Vintage Mark VI Tenor sax: $6500
 Premium Overhaul: $700 
Vintage Otto Link Mouthpiece: $600 
Mouthpiece guys reface so it all works: Priceless."

Les Arbuckle­­
www.Saxoasis.com
 
Tom Pereira
Los Angeles, CA
Brian Powell and Erik Grieffenhagen are quite simply the most knowledgeable, thorough and meticulous mouthpiece artisians there are. Period.  They’ve learned at the table of the great Ralph Morgan and now they’ve become masters in their own right.  I have had them do work on dozens of pieces for me including pieces that have been so badly damaged that they were literally door stops.  All have come back looking better than new.  If you need work on any kind of piece; metal, hard rubber, stainless steel, vintage and modern, they are equal to the task.  However, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and a mouthpiece by it roll over baffle.  I have never gotten a piece from them that doesn’t just flat out play great.  Always reed friendly with full clear voices their work is just short of miraculous.  All of the pieces that I use daily have been to them for minor to major work.  If these cats can’t make you sound better then you better take up the drums!
Tom Pereira
 
 
 
Glen Sargent
the Great Northeast
I recently played a tenor mouthpiece that for me does everything a mpc should do;  a Florida Link metal piece that was refaced and corrected by the "legendary" Theo Wanne of Mouthpieceheaven.  This mpc did not, however, belong to me, so after many fruitless attempts to buy it from a friend I started looking for something to match it.  I found a Florida mpc to work with, it had been dropped and the tip bent slightly on one side; I began looking for someone to fix it and make it play as I wanted.  I sent this piece to a "name" refacer that claimed to be able to do the job, when it came back $125 later it was still NOT right - the tip was not really fixed and the facing was uneven, facing curve was wrong, etc.  I then sent it to Brian Powell - and within just a few days it came back and I was amazed!  He had managed to not only repair the original damage, but also the "less than ideal" work of the previous refacer.  The damaged tip had just gone away, the facing was now perfect, and the baffle adjusted so that I got what I was looking for.  In fact, comparing Brian's work with the mpc that started me on this quest, I like the way Brian's mpc plays even better!  I am getting rave reviews from my colleagues on my sound now, and the ease of playing and response is super - I'm working less hard and getting more results!  I think I'll be getting rid of a batch of other mpcs now, and sending a few more to Brian for his services. 
 
Glen Sargent
 
 
Jerry Vejmola
Boston, MA
Brian, the work you’ve done on all my saxophone mouthpieces has been incredible.  You have always taken the time and creativity to make each mouthpiece play with incredible ease and capture the sound that I like.  I recommend that everyone try Brian and Erik, they’re the best!


Matt Lilley
Los Angeles, CA
Brian Powell treated me as if I were a major name out there in the saxophone community.  His quick evaluation of my vintage Dukoff, consistent communication throughout the process, and flawless work on the piece are second to none!  A true professional who has made my sound!  Amazingly quick turnaround time to boot!   I can't think of anyone better to send a mouthpiece to!

 

Wayne Kozak
Vancouver, B.C.
 
Hi Brian,
Well you are either a great technician, or a magician! At very least extremely intuitive. Probably all of the above.Your work is as good as any I’ve seen or played. I have only had a chance to play the Tibbs for about an hour – hour and a half using a broken in Van Doren ZZ Jazz reed #3. The reed sealed for several seconds before it popped...an unbelievable seal. The piece played effortlessly throughout the range of the horn, nice fat sound with some nice top end without being thin or too bright. If you had not emailed to say the piece was .110, I would have thought you brought it down to .105 or so. And I would say the balance between bright and dark is perfect for me.
I see what you meant when you said that the piece has a “unique pure” sound. There seems to be less harmonics and more fundamental in the sound. I like this...big and rich. Should be great for section work and blending...or doubling parts in the studio ...less phasing.
Bottom line you have made this piece exceed expectations. Love it! My dear old Tone Master is probably going to be my back up mouthpiece.
Brian, you are amazing.  Thank you does not seem to say enough.
Wayne.

 

Brian, I just picked these mouthpieces up this morning. I have spent a little time with each of them. All I can say is WOW!!! You have done superior work on these mouthpieces. The detail and craftsmanship certainly impress me but more importantly the sound of each is spot on. I could EASILY take any of them out right now and gig with them. Fantastic feel, intonation, warmth and power. Your work rivals the work Jon Van Wie used to do for me and before him Frank Wells. I haven't had any work done since Jon's passing but I know now that I have found the right guy. I will not hesitate to recommend you guys to my colleagues. Thanks again for the outstanding work!
 
Joseph Ott
USAF Band ( Retired )
Freelance Recording Artist
 
 


Hi Brian
I gave up on these three Link pieces 20 - 30 years ago, and it's just unbelievable what you have been able to do with them. You ARE a magician! You gave me just what I asked for. Thank you very much. And the work looks beautiful. Exquisite! I've been testing them for several days now, with different kinds of reeds and ligatures. 
The three pieces sound fantastic, with great power and sparkle, and I'm extremely happy with your work. Response, intonation and egalite (what is the American word for it - evenness?) are just incredible.  I forgot to mention that I did send two of these pieces to (another world-class mouthpiece maker/refacer) about a year ago, and he returned them saying that they were ruined, and there was nothing he could do.
Again, thank you for your GREAT work. I'll come back to you with some of my other pieces in the autumn.
With the deepest respect

Knut Riisnes
Oslo, Norway

 

 


Jerry Bergonzi and Arnie Krakowsky


Jerry Bergonzi and Arnie Krakowsky 

 

 

        

 

 

Mark Overton 

 
 Randy Emerick

Randy Emerick

steve neff

Steve Neff

Eric Spaulding

Eric Spaulding with Roomful of Blues


dan st marseille
Dan St. Marseille

 




David Valdez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
Tom Pereira

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wayne Kozak

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Ott
Joseph Ott 

Knut Riisnes

Knut Riisnes