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Transcript of Mouthpiece Selection
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
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!