Nicolas Trefeil


Becs saxophone - Refacing.   Vintage saxophones  -  Mouthpieces service - refacing

 



Great players and famous teachers 


 special model mouthpieces of the past.



  1846 - 1980 



 


Selmer - Elkhart. 


(made by A.Lelandais, France) 


  

  " Merle Johnston "  model 


      ( alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax,

          Bb clarinet ) 


        (October 1934 > 1939)


* These fine mouthpieces were actually made in France by A.Lelandais for Selmer - New york.


* The line for saxophone was available in two facing, "M" and "Original" Merle Johnston personnal facing which was slighltly more open at the tip. than the "M" facing.


* The line for Bb clarinet were available in two tip opening only: " HS* " and "S" .


* First version of " Merle Johnston " mouthpiece appeared in 1934 and the line has been

    re-designed in 1936 with new tone chamber, facing and bore.


* From 1938 to 1939 it was only available in the "Original" Merle Johnston facing.


* On later models, numbers were embossed on side of mouthpiece, it is not a serial number but     facing lenght and tip opening.



      See this interesting page on Merle Johnston by Albert Haim:  Merle Johnston redux

 
 

Below: tenor sax 1936 version

 
 
1934 Models
1934  Tip openings
 1936 tip openings
Alto  "Original" facing (Merle Johnston personnal facing) 
1,60 mm - 0,63 "
  1,62 mm - 0,64 "
 Tenor "M" facing (medium)
 1,52 mm - 060 "
  1,62 mm - 0,64 "
  Tenor "Original " facing (Merle Johnston personnal facing)
  1,60 mm - 0,63 "
  1,88 mm - 0,74"
 Baritone "M" facing
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 .
 Baritone "Original" (Merle Johnston personnal facing)
 1,97 mm - 0,77 "
  .
  Bb Clarinet  " HS* " facing
  .
  .
  Bb Clarinet " S " facing
.
  .
 


Below: alto sax model.


Below: 1937 version of alto sax model

               


    Below: Baritone sax 1934