Getzen 900 Eterna Classic, Leblanc 707 Sonic (Metzler Brass restoration)
Bach Model 180SL229W30 Stradivarius C Trumpet
Holton Collegiate Bb Cornet (heirloom)
Blessing Artist Bb Flugelhorn
But I definitely don't think it applies to all, or even most, players. To use two specific examples:
I have an Olds Recording. I have had a Schilke 14A4a. The 14A4a simply doesn't work for me, on any horn I've ever tried it on. Nothing about the Recording is going to make that rim and cup work for me, no matter how well-matched the backbore might be to the horn.
I have a Martin Committee. I have had an Olds 3. The Olds 3 simply doesn't work for me -- it's too small. Nothing about the Committee is going to make that rim fit my chops.
I like both my Recording and my Committee. I like the Bob Reeves mouthpieces I use for just about all my playing. My mouthpieces are cut for sleeves, and I use different sleeves on the Recording and Committee.
Earlier tonight I pulled out the Schilke mouthpieces I have (a 15B and a 24) and tried them on the Recording, the Committee, and on my daily player -- a Jupiter XO 1600i. I also re-auditioned my occasionally-used Bach mouthpiece, a 2.5C, on all three horns. All three Schilke mouthpieces worked fine on all three trumpets. But there was no magic with them -- the trial simply confirmed that I'm happier with the Reeves. The Bach works well with all three horns, but seems to mesh with the Committee particularly well. But that's probably just for me and a small group of similar players.
J. Notso Nieuwguyski
I have found that some mouthpieces do indeed make certain horns open up better than others, and on some horns a mouthpiece that sounded great in another horn just don't get the job done. In my Recording, I get the best sound with a Rudy Muck piece (15S) but in my Super/Strad Frankenhorn I like the Reeves piece. I have a 14A4a but it doesn't give the focus that either of the two previously mentioned do.
1954 Olds Super w/Bach 43 uptilt bell Frankenhorn
1968 Olds Recording Trumpet
1965 Bach Stradivarius Model 37
Yamaha Xeno Chicago Artist C Trumpet
1956 Conn 80A Cornet
1951 Olds Special Cornet
1965 Olds L-12 Flugelhorn
"Hindsight is always 20-20"
"I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it"
Different mouthpieces are like different shoes. Use what works and feels best.
I've noticed that many of the vintage horns I own seem to play pretty well with their original mouthpieces, but many times, those mouthpieces don't suit me very well. The original mouthpieces (like the Conn 4 on Conn instruments or the Olds 3 on Olds instruments) are "interesting", but usually present playability issues I don't care to deal with - most stock mouthpieces that come with horns are just too small. My usual mouthpieces (trumpet and cornet) work fine most of the time on any horn I play.
There is a simple rule of thumb.
Three things must match - the player, the horn, and the mouthpiece. Change any one, and an adjustment will likely have to be made.
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