Mouthpiece Characteristics

Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by Cheechoo, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Cheechoo

    Cheechoo New Friend

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    Exactly what mouthpiece characteristics do you associate with better articulation, better attacks, better endurance, better tone, etc.

    As the mouthpiece is a compromise, what features do you sacrifice to obtain your best piece?
     
  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    Cheechoo wrote "As the mouthpiece is a compromise, what features do you sacrifice to obtain your best piece?"

    None. I bought a GR after a short consult with Bruce! :shock:
     
  3. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly Piano User

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    the north philly ghetto
    shouldn't this be in the mouthpiece forum?
     
  4. Nonsense Eliminator

    Nonsense Eliminator New Friend

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    Charlie --

    There is some good stuff in the Bach mouthpiece guide:

    http://www.selmer.com/products/accessories/mouthpiece/Images/bachmouth.pdf

    And on the Schilke Loyalist page:

    http://www.dallasmusic.org/schilke/How to Select Mouthpiece.html

    Here is my rough'n'ready guide to the advantages of different parameters:

    Rim:

    Wider: better endurance
    Narrower: better flexibility
    Sharper: better attacks
    Rounder: better endurance

    Cup:

    Deeper: richer sound
    Shallower: less effort to play
    Wider: broader sound
    Narrower: less effort to play
    More V-shaped: mellower sound
    More cup-shaped: more focussed sound, more security

    Throat/Backbore:

    Larger: thicker sound, freer blowing
    Smaller: less effort to play

    BIG FAT "BUTS":

    If you play a mouthpiece that is too big, your sound will be crappy because you will be fighting the mouthpiece.
    If you play a mouthpiece that is too small, you may actually lose range because you are fighting the sound.
    If you play a rim that is too round, you may hurt your endurance because the sound loses its immediacy and consequently you have to work harder to start the sound.
     
  5. MPM

    MPM Pianissimo User

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    "Understading The Mouthpiece"

    One of the best things I 've ever read in regards to mouthpieces is a publication availbe from Stork Custom Mouthpieces entitled "Unsterstanding The Mouthpiece".
     

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