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[Solved] Mouthpiece recommendation

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Hi Estela,

          I am using a Bach 7c and I’ve been researching the Bach 3e. It’s rim is a little bigger and more shallow. I think it would be more comfortable for my chops. What are your recommendation. Looking forward to your response..

           gary

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Hi Gary, see my audio response below.

https://www.trumpetheadquarters.com/resources/accessories/trumpet-mouthpieces-guide/

https://www.bachbrass.com/application/files/4614/8521/7763/AV2BA901_Original_1889_web.pdf

 

Joel Burley 17/11/2020 1:32 am

@trumpetheadquarters
Do you have any experience with the Apredato mouthpieces that have a water jacket? Any opinions on a mouthpiece like this? Thanks!

Joel

TrumpetHeadquarters 17/11/2020 2:14 am

Hi Joel! I haven’t played an Apredato but I do know about them. Water or not, it’s a heavier mouthpiece, which will give you a darker tone. Usually the low register is nice and dark but the higher register can be VERY difficult to control for both new and experienced players. If you are new or intermediate I’d stick to a Bach 3, 5 or 7 or similar standard mouthpiece until you are comfortable with the trumpet. It is not recommend for learning players to venture far from a standard configuration. First we develop, then we can look for equipment that actually benefits you.

The weight allows for quicker response, think of it like driving a Ferrari. It responds FAST, but for a newer driver it would be really hard to control. As far as I know the distribution of weight for heavy mouthpieces is much more important than the amount of weight, so for the Apredato, using water seems like an even way to ensure evenness in distribution. Hope that helps!

-Estela

Roger Rheault 25/11/2020 2:58 pm

@trumpetheadquarters
From my experience heavy mouthpieces don’t always work in standard weight and lightweight trumpets. I tried using a heavy mouthpiece in my Schilke B6 trumpet which is on the lighter side as far as trumpets go and it did not go good at all.

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Thank You Estela for that great advice! I’ll definitely research the anatomy of the mouthpiece 😁

 

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Estela,

That was an outstanding response to Gary’s question. I definitely agree with you. It’s super easy to fall in to the trap that a change in mouthpiece will/can increase your range. I call my Bach 7C my home base! Next month will mark year #2 playing trumpet. When I first started I fell into that trap that this or that mp was going to allow me to hit those high notes. WRONG! I spent hundreds of dollars on mouthpieces. Stick with the basics. I love my Bach 7C. I’m just now starting to humbly use my Shilke or Monette mp. 

Reinaldo

TrumpetHeadquarters 08/11/2020 5:43 am

@reinaldo
Precisely! I’ve had student after student after student tell me “I wish I hadn’t messed around with mouthpieces for so long, it was a waste of time.” And it is...until you achieve a level where you can appreciate, read and be sensitive to the mouthpiece and horn relationship, messing around with pieces is usually not beneficial.

Glad to hear you found that on your own! 👌

-Estela

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