Finding the perfect mouthpiece for you

Posted: March 17, 2010 in Gadget Talk

It’s amazing how much trouble a little piece of metal can cause if it’s just a fraction out.

I was reminded again the other day about the importance of checking equipment when you have an issue brewing.

For some reason I couldn’t get the D in the staff to lock – or the G on top of the staff. After practising endless hours against a tuner I was baffled.

Leave it to Dr Dave (Wedge Mouthpieces) to troubleshoot that sucker and sort it out in the space of about an hour.

What it came down to was the mouthpiece to receiver gap. Luckily for me he’s just finished developing his new C trumpet backbores that are a little thinner and just a fraction shorter than the regular Bb ones.

After a few minute – problem solved and I walked away happy yet again with a well matched horn to mouthpiece combination.

The point I am trying to make is – sometimes it really is the equipment holding you back (95% of the time it’s the player – at least in my case).

So if in doubt – check it out!

The team here at trumpetgear know that it can be a tough process finding a good match – so we try and make it just a little bit easier by offering you the opportunity to test and trial up to 3 mouthpieces at a time.

We also now offer what would have to be one of the largest collections of used and second hand mouthpieces to choose from. As a mouthpiece sells we try and add another back in it’s place – so we can always have a new combination for players to test and try.

I recommend making small changes to your setup – and nothing too radical.

The important thing is to try and work out what it is you want from your new mouthpiece. Is it darker/brighter tone? endurance? comfort? or one of many other reasons?

Personally I used the same 2 mouthpieces for about 10 years and was never comfortable with the wide diameter and busting my chops on it every night – in the last 2 years I must have tried at least 60 pieces to nail it down to just 2-3 to cover a variety of playing situations.

The key to to test an experiment in small steps.

If you can record your playing during a test and listen back on it – if not make sure that you at least take notes each time you test a new piece and write down what you like/dislike. Don’t forget to also have someone else listen to your playing once you get a piece that you like – you may find that ‘out front’ there is something going on you didn’t know about.

So don’t be shy about contacting us to arrange a trial.

We’re here to help

  1. Derek says:

    I highly recommend Shawn and Don at trumpetgear. I don’t know how many mouthpieces Don has sent me through the post to try by now but I really appreciate the service these guys provide. Especially useful if you live in NZ where it is very hard to sample much beyond a Bach or a Schilke at a regular music shop.

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