Producing Mouthpieces

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Ryan Thomas, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Ryan Thomas

    Ryan Thomas New Friend

    Dec 11, 2015
    Fredericksburg, VA
    I was wondering if anybody knows of a way to produce mouthpieces without a CNC lathe.
    Christine(Jason Harrelson's assistant) told me that Jason began experimenting with mouthpiece shapes on a hand lathe and later acquired a CNC lathe.
    What exactly does she mean by a hand lathe and where can I find one?
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    There are multiple ways to produce mouthpieces. A hand lathe is a non CNC lathe like this:
    550W 7 x 14 Bench Top Mini Metal Lathe with Digital Readout Variable Speed | eBay

    With the lathe you need some additional tools to cut at least the backbore. They are shaped like a reamer, but designed for metal.

    The easiest start is to get the lathe and then experiment on junker mouthpieces, modifying them to taste. Getting something really good anytime soon is unlikely considering you didn't even know about the hand lathe. We can learn by doing or by getting help from someone in the know. I consider working with a lathe to be harder to learn than playing trumpet. I do both.

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