Trumpet-Cornet mouthpiece adapter?

Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by horner, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. horner

    horner Pianissimo User

    Jul 19, 2008
    London, England
    Hi all,

    Just a quick question, but does anyone make mouthpiece adapters that make trumpet mouthpieces work in cornets? I know they make them so you can use cornet mouthpieces in trumpets but does anyone do it the other way round?

  2. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    Why would anyone want to do that? There is so many different mouthpiece for cornet that an adapter would just ruin everything. Get a proper cornet mouthpiece and practice your rear off. There is some shallower mouthpieces for your soprano cornet if that is the dilemma. It would be much easier to make a decent cornet to french horn mouthpiece, but that may be appropriate rather for french horn players.
  3. horner

    horner Pianissimo User

    Jul 19, 2008
    London, England
    I just thought it would save spendin another £60 on a mouthpiece as i have one i really like for my trumpet.
  4. Ursa

    Ursa Piano User

    Jan 17, 2009
    Northern Michigan
    Problem is, a trumpet shank is larger than a cornet shank. A trumpet-to-cornet adapter would have to have a trumpet receiver coupled to a cornet shank, which would significantly lengthen the overall length of the horn. A cornet would blow flat with such an adapter.
  5. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    A standard DW or VB mouthpiece should be around £30-40 and that should perform fine on most cornets. However, if you want something more specific, like warburton, sparx or even Denis Wick Heritage you may have to pay more than £60. There is many cornet to trumpet adapters which all are sold around £10 but I have never seen trumpet to cornet adapter, and as Ursa pointed out you will get a pitch problem - you probably won't be able to play with piano or a band unless you use one of those vintage high pitch cornets, you will probably need to fabricate it yourself and there is NO GUARANTEE about his quality and playability. Too much trouble IMO
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2009
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006

    It does not exist. The cornet is a member of the horn family. That would be reason enough, even if the size issue wasn't there!
  7. jussili

    jussili New Friend

    Jun 29, 2010
    Hi! I tried to do that. I made a special pipe that fits on the cornet´s leadpipe and the trumpet mouthpiece. The reason was also money and the desire to experiment :cool:
    Results were good. The sound was tight because the cornet´s structure, mouthpiece brought some trumpet´s element on it. I Also compared the sound between similar cornet mouthpiece and trumpet mouthpiece. Cornet mouthpiece sound was more tighter than trumpet mouthpiece sound. Flexibility was little more airy, almost the same. Range was at start also little more wider, but later it turned oppisite way, maybe because of adaption to new instrument.

    In a band playing the problem was pitch, as told the pitch is lower with trumpet mouthpiece and adapter than just the cornet mouthpiece, what is designed in it. Also it felt strange and embrassed to play with this special patent (I played only with closest band members:D). playing the cornet with trumpet´s mouthpiece felt similar than playing in the very small room or in a box. Trumpet mouthpiece gave you more than cornet could give.:play:

    At last i thought, cornet is cornet, it have it´s own stuff. Tight sound with shallow mouthpiece; good choice to traditional jazz, marchbands, salsa/timba (a new soundworld choice maybe in future sections). Not good to classical, because tongue problem and agressive sound. Deeper mouthpiece is good to ballads and classical music; cornet have a very beautiful and touching sound. Trumpet have it´s own soundworld and is more a modern choice, maybe in future cornet is more back in business..:shhh:
  8. veery715

    veery715 Utimate User

    Mar 6, 2007
    Ithaca NY
    horner - what mouthpiece are you playing on trumpet? There is no need to spend 60 pounds. You can get used mouthpieces cheap or trade for one. You are in cornet land in the UK. Someone has a used piece for you that you can afford.
  9. littlecody8

    littlecody8 Pianissimo User

    Apr 1, 2010
  10. harveyhassanator

    harveyhassanator Pianissimo User

    Sep 5, 2010
    even if there is one, it wont sound right to be honest. it will change the mellow sound of the cornet and make it brighter and wouldn't be right in band situation.

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