Metal HL 2018

Metal HL 2018 is based on a high-baffle, Tin mouthpiece from the 1980s (fusion golden-era), but is adjusted to add an edge to the tone.  The HL is the only Gottsu model utilizing Tin alloy, thus far.  The polished, bare Tin will naturally tarnish and darken over time, acquiring a very vintage appearance.  Tin alloy resonates similarly to hard-rubber, so it has rich harmonic overtones.  In addition to rich overtones, the HL features a fat and bright sound with a presence.


There is a legendary mouthpiece that has curved table, asymmetrical side and tip rail, and is roughly made; it is like a vicious horse.  Although difficult to control for beginners, you are able to produce a wonderfully unique tone once you master it.  Many saxophonists, such as Kenny G. and David Sanborn, became addicted to the wonderful sound once they were able to control it. I think the mouthpiece has both brightness and darkness, so it is very attractive.  I pursued that mouthpiece, and made the Metal HL. I reviewed the old Gottsu Metal HL model, including all designs and production methods, and made it better with the HL 2018. 

—Masahiko Goto—


Instruments: Tenor, Alto, Soprano 

Opening size:  

Tenor: 6, 7, 7☆, 8, 8☆, 9

Alto: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 

Soprano: 5, 6, 7, 8

※see table below for mm sizing 

Material: Tin alloy  

Chamber Shape: Medium large Chamber, semicircle  

Baffle: High baffle  

Feature and Tone: Fat, Rich overtones, has an edge

Style: Pop, Fusion  

Natural cane reed recommended 

Artist Recordings

Metal HL Alto

Metal HL Alto