Claude Lakey Woodwinds


Original Alto

Original Alto
  • Original Alto
  • Original Alto
  • Original Alto

Includes Compass Ligature and Cap

The Original Alto is THE Claude Lakey vintage mouthpiece. Ideal for lead alto, yet versatile enough to blend in with any horn section, our most popular mouthpiece offers a bright and even sound that can be heard across the auditorium.

Great for jazz, but not to be overlooked for rock, funk, or electronic music— the Originals are meant to make you heard in solo and ensemble work. 

The legendary Charlie Mariano on his Claude Lakey Original Alto


  • Bright sound with crisp projection
  • Free blowing and easy to play
  • Handcrafted for quality
  • Made from high quality composite
  • Compass ligature and cap included
  • Replacement tooth guards included

The Original Alto is where it all started, and it has remained the central piece of our Originals collection for more than half a century. Claude handcrafted the Original Alto design himself when he was unsatisfied with any molds available to him. His innovations pioneered a better Jazz mouthpiece: the same one we are still making today. 

Claude created the Original Alto as a jazz piece, but its bright sound and great projection make it the perfect choice for a variety of genres. We find it’s particularly stunning in rock groups, funk bands, and house music. You’ll find the Original Alto gives you the ability to stand out above the crowd, or blend into an ensemble. You will reach new highs and lows, having freedom in your upper and lower register. The versatility of this piece is outstanding, and you will soon find it becomes a favorite to play in several settings. 

Each of our mouthpieces comes with the Compass Ligature. Our innovative design makes the Compass the most unique ligature on the market. Using Boa® Technology’s patented reel system, the Compass holds your reed while allowing the most breathability providing more volume with less effort. The Compass has a universal fit, so you can use it with any of your other mouthpieces. Backed by a lifetime warranty,* not only will your reed breathe easier, you will too.


    Shipping & Returns


    We ship within the US and internationally and offer free domestic shipping via first class USPS. Domestic orders generally arrive 5-8 days after shipment, but this cannot be guaranteed. Orders placed before 10am PST will ship same-day. Orders after 10am PST ship the following business day. Orders placed on holidays ship the following business day. No shipping to Mexico, Brazil, or Russia.


    We allow a 15-day trial for our products. Should you decide you don't want to keep your item, please visit and enter your email address and order number. We will email you a pre-paid return shipping label to print, usually within 24-48 hours.
    International orders pay all shipping costs.


    * Boa® Technology's Dialed In for Life Guarantee™ (lifetime warranty) applies to the Compass Ligature ONLY. Included caps are not eligible for warranty coverage. Replacement caps may be purchased at