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Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by Obsrd, Jul 24, 2009.
I have a #5 Harry James model Double Cup Parduba.Any input?
Hello, Welcome to TM. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people here but I am not necessarily one of them. So, for the rest of us, perhaps you could clarify your post. Maybe provide some background on yourself and style of playing and the model of trumpet that you are using. That would provide at least some basis for comments.
I have one horn that my Pops got from a pawn shop in the sixties it's a Hakim Din & Sons pocket Coronet w/11.6mm bore ,93mm bell nickel silver tubing and a gold lacquer finish.I'm practicing Jazz. The mouthpiece is an Harry James Model #5 Double Cup Parduba. I was looking for any input from anyone more knowledgeable than I.The plethora of mouthpieces is dizzying.There are pics in my album.
Boy, ain't that the truth!! I have started several threads in this section because of questions about mouthpieces.
There is at least one thread, further down, that specifically addresses the Parduba mouthpieces. The Harry James double cup models have very specific features for a certain style of play. But, aside from that, the general conclusion that I have drawn from reading many posts on the subject of mouthpieces is that there is no way to predict how any particular mouthpiece will work for any particular player on any particular horn. It is a personal quest to find the right one for the style a player is trying to achieve.
I myself now have over 30 mouthpieces of different brands and sizes as I try to find one that will work for me in my comeback efforts. But, from 1955 up to now, I have only played one mouthpiece - a Bach 7C (pretty generic as far as features go). So, I am still trying to see if I can tell the difference between various ones. Maybe I will buy a Parduba and add it to my collection and see if it works better than what I have.
So, you may want to do a search on this forum for Parduba information. Most of what I have read is from moderately favorable to very favorable about Parduba mouthpieces so you may have something beneficial to your playing.
Hey I play one exclusively and I love it! It takes a couple of months to get used to it, because its not like any other mouthpieces. It may feel a little tight in the lower registers but when you play the upper registers it surprisingly opens up. The mouthpiece tends to shut you off if you used too much air and pressure and is slightly brighter than a bach c cup.
As for its history, well Harry James played a parduba HJ 5 and he was a player!
If you have anymore questions I'll try my best to answer them and I would love to hear anymore progress you may have with it.
P.S. I would love to see more pictures of it.
The Harry James model Pardubas are pretty shallow. If you don't intrude into the cup very much, it might work for you. Most people, though....
I played a Harry James 3.5 for quite a while with my original Silver Flair.
It is shallower than the HJ 5.
I did not see any getting used to.....and I do use a bit of pressure.
To me it felt and responded like any other mouthpiece.