Last edited by tobylou8; 11-17-2010 at 09:17 AM.
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Seems your question has been answered. Others have told you what they like about silverplated and goldplated mouthpieces. One uses goldplate mouthpieces exclusively. Others use a combination of both and others use only silverplate. Suspect there may be others who prefer stainless steel and lexan, too.
Gold. I have no cold sores on the corner of my mouth since switching in 1997.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
You cant miss the cool factor when everyone else has a boring silver and yours is gold. But the real reason that I use gold is that it never seems cold after long periods of waiting to play. It feels smoother and softer to my lips, and more comfort is a good thing to us more "mature" players. Best wishes.
M J Klashen The Yankee 1923
Concertone, Czech made, pre war
Olds Ambassador Cornet 1955
Olds Super Trumpet 1966
Yamaha 8335 Xeno 2008
Getzen 900s Eterna Classic 2009
Mistake - the gold was so much more slick that I lost the grip with the silver I needed. Fortunately some careful buffing on my buffing wheel along with some elbo grease and Brasso was able to take the gold plating off of the rim. The cup is still gold on the inside but I got the grip back.
So, for me it's silver plated all the way, although I'm curious about trying a polished stainless steel mouthpiece.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
"At my signal, unleash hell."
- Maximus Decimus Meridius
So the Norwegian translation says to pick whichever one looks good ... lol
Bach Stradivarius 180S37
I prefer the feel of a gold mouthpiece over a silver one (less sticky), but not enough to spend the bucks for gold plating. I seriously doubt that a layer of plating a few microns thick on a big machined chunk of brass can alter the sound produced, other than is due to differences between the slick/sticky aspect of the plating (gold vs silver).
Prior to 1996, I had only played on silver...I got a gold plated mouthpiece (same Bach 3C I had been playing on) in 96 and never looked back. I don't have the grip problem that several people have mentioned between silver and gold...I just prefer the feel of the gold...it does feel softer. Now I only own gold plated mouthpieces (I guess it helps that Monette only gold plates his mouthpieces too!)
1965 Conn Connstellation 38B
Bach Strad 189 Eb 239 Bell
Mouthpieces: Monette Prana B2S3, B4LDS1, E2S3, and AP5L (piccolo)
i have difference pending on what im playing. i prefer Gold for classical playing, it gives a "smoother" feel on the lips.
i use Silver for Jazz/Marching band i find it gives more "bite". granted my endurance suffers but its worth it.
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