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Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by WinkyP, Dec 29, 2016.
Either past or present, what's your favorite all-around or most flexible mouthpiece you own?
Curry 3C. On trumpet, I use it about 99% of the time.
I don't have an al arrounder. One for classical playing, another for commercial stuff. I could play most commercial stuff on my classical mp, but sound is, but sound is not the right one. Before I was using DW MM 1.5C, it could be used is an all-around mp.
My reply will be useless and wordy and sound like im fishing for complements but im not, but I will give it anyway.
I dont have a favourite I have several mouthpieces and I have no idea what they are - they dont carry markings, so even if I had a favourite I couldnt say what it is. I do have one that has markings thats a wick 4b cornet and I play it on everything, (with a converter).
But I play whatever I have to hand, or feel its good to use. For example recently I chose to take the lightest shrillest mouthpiece I have and slammed it into the lightest shrillest trumpet I have, and that combination should have rendered my playing painfully and appallingly shrill. I did that as a test of my musicality and cos im capricious, and I believe if I am truly a good trumpeter the gear shouldnt matter, and I made that gear sound sweet and the audience loved it.
I do have measurements on my mouthpieces, my most commonly used seems to be around a bach 2 and a half, but it could be anything between a 3c and a 1*, and makers are totally unhelpful when it comes to cup depth, the depth is 11mm its not hard to measure this, but they use terms like deep or medium deep or medium, so who cares. If they cant articulate the measurements of the gear they make in a professional manner then I cant be bothered reading their charts.
I guess the truth is that we must choose whatever we need to get the job done, and if that means I only ever use a bach 600awbdfsg whatever that might be, and never change it, and it works all the time thats brilliant - for me. But is it for you.
Personally I want the ability to play on any mouthpiece in any instrument and sound like a musical god. So I insist on playing everything on everything and making everything sound great.
What is the best that we can aspire to, is it sounding fabulous only on a bach strad with a 7c, and like a dog on any other gear, or should we aspire to sounding great on anything even a kitchen faucet.
I guess to bring this into perspective I should recount a recent experience, I rushed out with my gear, but I had been cleaning it, and chucked everything in the bag, when I got the gear out I didnt have the mouthpiece I expected, I had an extreme one, so I just played what I had and I sounded great.
I havent taken a kitchen faucet gigging yet but that will come.
I feel that it's somehow counterproductive to swap a great number of mouthpieces around when playing the same instrument (obviously, different MPs are called for when moving between Bb, C, Eb/D, pic, flugel, etc.) so I settled on two for Bb. I have a Schilke 15A4a for situations where brilliance is called for (jazz lead and marching) and 15C4 for everything else. The pair used to be Bach 3D and 3C.
I don't understand this question, or what good having an answer would be. Sort of like asking what's your favorite haircut.
I like the question, I think more will be learned about the player and their approach to music making than about the gear and I think that is good
Bach 5b on cornet and a Holton 1c on trumpet
I like threads like this one. They are always interesting. Of course, the information we post is meant to be entertaining, not necessarily informative.
I agree with veery715 that the question can be interpreted different ways. For many of us, I suspect that our "favorite" mouthpiece is likely the one we currently use, or use most often. For others, it might be a treasured irreplaceable mouthpiece we owned in the past.
My answer is the Bach 3C. IMHO, it the most "famous" or "important" mouthpiece. It's a classic. It's a standard. The MV version is revered by some. The Bach 3C is probably the most copied mouthpiece, with just about every mouthpiece maker having an equivalent version (Schilke, Yamaha, Monette, Laskey, Curry, etc.).
That's a good point. In addition to what I posted earlier (which was the mouthpiece I use the most), the one that I looked for the longest was a small-shank F. Besson London cornet mouthpiece in good condition. It was about the only thing missing from the "kit" for my 1890 F. Besson London cornet. After 1895, the British branch of the company's name was changed to Besson & Company, and at some point (unknown to me) the mouthpiece receivers were enlarged to close to modern cornet shank size. The older ones were a little larger than a French horn shank. Finding the proper mouthpiece proved to be quite a search, but here it is: