Signature Sepia Tone Vintage 2023

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Gottsu developed the Masahiko Goto signature Sepia Tone Vintage, combining Silver and Ebonite into a unique and beautiful piece.  The design is based on the original VI model, but the “Signature” has been completely redeveloped to complement the qualities of the solid silver shank ring.  The silver ring, which is given a special coating that prevents discoloration, slightly brightens the tone of the mouthpiece.  The Signature has an excellent resonance and features a thick bass with power that feels solid and centered.

The 2023 update to the Signature features the addition of the new Gottsu sliding ligature, which is made from vintage brass and slides into grooves cut parallel to the table. The sliding ligature features a unique “underscrew” mechanism that securely and evenly exerts pressure across the reed, which significantly improves performance over a conventional ligature. A mouthpiece cap made from resin also comes included with the 2023 version.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, Gottsu undertook the challenge of working with silver, resulting in the development of a silver ligature.  Having aquired the ability to craft silver, the next logical step was to see what happens if silver is fused with an ebonite mouthpiece. The first impression of the prototype was that the excellent tone from the silver was transmitted to the saxophone itself.  However, the resistance was so strong that it was difficult to blow for very long.  Therefore, the production of a new mouthpiece that makes the best use of the characteristics of silver was started.  The number of prototypes for the mouthpiece exceeded 100 – refining aspects such as the shape of the baffle, the shape of the body and the balance of silver.  In April 2022, the Sepia Tone Vintage Signature was completed.  It is the world’s greatest jazz mouthpiece.

—Masahiko Goto—

Instruments: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Opening size:

Soprano: 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 67
Alto: 71, 75, 79, 83, 87
Tenor: 89, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120
Baritone: 95, 102, 106, 112, 125
* See table below for mm sizing (same size as VI).
Materials: Ebonite, 950 Silver, Vintage Brass
*dark brown, high-quality ebonite with no additives.
Chamber shape: Round
Baffle: Rollover
Tone characteristics: Rough, reverberant, powerful, easy to blow, a little bright
Style: Jazz
Recommended reed: Natural cane reed



Opening size chart