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Mouthpiece Selection

Helpful steps in selecting a mouthpiece
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Ivan Giddings

on 10 October 2012

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Transcript of Mouthpiece Selection

Mark depth of mouthpiece in reciever

Measure depth at mark on mouthpiece shank

Measure depth of lead pipe in receiver

Subtract the difference Using Calipers Trumpet .100-.150
French Horn .125
Trombone .125
CC-BBb Tuba .125
F-Eb tuba .325 As a general rule how much gap? Technical stuff Calipers
Or Tape What is gap General changes with gap:
Larger gap causes a
stuffy low range, and hard articulations.

Smaller gap causes
air balled high notes
and unfocused low range. How will gap change my instrument? How do I check gap? Gap Use mirror and flash light.
Open second valve,
insert mirror, and look toward 1st valve, then rotate mirror and look at 3rd valve.

Look for edges of valve that look like half moon crescent. Rubber O rings, work great as spacers and adjust accordingly. Valve Alignment Start with your set up Equipment How to select

Find a comfortable rim, focus on sound, feel and endurance, don't worry about numbers

Record two excerpts; one articulate the other legato

Play both excerpts FF & PP

Ideally, test mouthpiece in ensembles or at least with one other instrument

Test pitch with tuner Mouthpieces Mouthpiece selection tips Tape test Use one layer of clear tape around shank

*Play instrument again
*Record and listen
*Note Differences Clean Warm water and soap
make your instrument happy
Oil and grease afterwards!
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