This is Blue Vandoren A45 Jumbo Java for alto, a mouthpiece which now has a cult following and will undoubtedly continue to increase in value. I have owned it since new - it has never been worked on. It is in excellent condition for its age - the tip and rails are fine. As you can see from the photos it has some marks on the beak where the patch has been. It has always been played with a thick patch and there is only the lightest of scuffing.
Similarly, there is some very minor scuffing on the edges near the tip but these have not altered or damaged the tip. The modern version is described by Vandoren as'The most hard hitting mouthpiece of the line. Designed with a small chamber, a very large baffle and a large bore. Produces a tone comparable to certain metal mouthpieces.The A45 is described as the standard mouthpiece for salsa, rock and modern music. It has a powerful bright sound but I have played it in all sorts of settings, including a quartet and big band. If pushed, it can really make itself heard in a rock band setting and is ideal for funk, smooth jazz.
The item "Vandoren Blue A45 Jumbo Java Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece" is in sale since Sunday, March 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Wind & Woodwind\Parts & Accessories\Mouthpieces". The seller is "drawets" and is located in Colyton. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.