On this page I’d like to introduce the various mouthpieces I played so far and those which I still play. Each mouthpiece is fitted into a category (tenor-/bass trombone, euphonium, tuba) which I try to update after each purchase.
Jupiter – ?
My very first very own mouthpiece. It came included with my very first trombone, which was a Jupiter 536R which I got bought in 1997. Sadly this trombone model is from the early Jupiter series and has only poor quality – small bore measure and a very flat, shallow and tight mouthpiece. It may be suitable for beginners, because it is quite easy to produce some kind of sound impromptu. Despite this. buying this mouthpeace would be a waste of money — after six months of practicing you already scratch the limits of this mouthpiece. It just won’t allow you to produce a wide and soft sound, there is always some harsh tightness and nasal sound to it. Even today I couldn’t play it with at least any satisfaction at all. Therefore I wouldn’t buy it again or tied up with a trombone. It is a typical »at least sth shipped with«-mouthpiece.
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After receiving an euphonium I tried the mouthpiece 48 (see below) and sticked to it until I received my Conn 88H-CL. It fits the same cetegory, but at the same time allows you to produce a somewhat softer and more open sound.
Homepage: Developer Tarrodi.
My second trombone, which I still play today, is a Conn 88H-CL. The 4CL was included — a signature mouthpiece by the master trombonist Christian Lindberg. It is a great mouthpiece and not comparable to the ones above: a quite deep cup and a small rim will help you to play high notes without too much of a hazzle or even pressure. The suprisingly big throat will allow a wide open sound and volume in all ranges. Even pedal tones are quite easy to articulate, despite this is a mouthpiece for mid-range or high-range players.
I still use it today from time to time. However if I re-bought the Conn 88H-CL, I’d chose a slightly less deep but larger mouthpieces, to have even more control in high ranges. Still it is a very nice allround mouthpiece and excellently tie-up with the trombone.
Giddings & Webster TZ 103
Homepage: G&W Posaunenmundstücke.
This formidable mouthpiece was discovered by accident and is the new standard mouthpiece for my Conn 88H. It was discovered unexpectedly by a traditional band’s members who ordered some of those and other models. Its unique feature: It is made from chirurgical stainless steel. The most well-known model’s name is »Euros«, but I decided to buy the larger model TZ103. I wanted to be able to play with a wider sound.
What else to say here? The responsiveness is just gorgeous, the intonation absolutely sharp and direct. You could say it has a little brassy sound due to its material, but I never really noticed it. I find it much more hygienic (stainless steal instead of brass) and it feels just much better on the lips, especially when playing outside on low temperatures (-8°C? no problem!).
In June 2013 I was looking for a mouthpiece with a much bigger cup and throat for playing the bass trombone. I tried the G&W Chinook, but it didn’t feeld right to use it on a tenor trombone. So I decided to go for another brand for now.
Homepage: Denis Wick Heritage 0AL.
In July 2013 I visited FMB (a large local dealer) to test some other mouthpieces for the lower and lowest range. I tried bass bones (and the G&W Chinook, see below) and was excited. But I just couldn’t afford a bass trombone now. So I decided to try some low-register tenor trombone mouthpieces.
I thought I might buy a JK/Josef Klier mouthpiece because I played one on my euphonium. But suprisingly it didn’t work out too well. After some testing I found the Denis Wick 0AL. It is quite a big mouthpiece – the biggest one they had for tenor trombones at FMB. I really liked it from the beginning. Precies attacks, great control and easy to play pedal notes. Just what I was looking for. Also, it is very easy to the lips.
Sadly, it is made of brass unlike the Giddings & Webster mouthpieces. The G&W-Model Kadja seems fairly similar in size. I might try it some day.
Homepage: G&W Chinook
For bass bone players there are also models available from Giddings & Webster. A trombone player from my church’s brass choir lend me his Chinook. A fast and rushed test on my tenor trombone made me believe: the formal pedal B♭ flat is the new standard B♭. Sadly, the other notes won’t play easily, even after practicing a bit. But this is probably because I tried it on my tenor trombone.
In July 2013 I was able to test this mouthpiece on various bass bones when I visited the FMB store. It is a completely different mouthpiece on a bass trombone. The pedal notes are played as easily as the standard B♭ on a tenor trombone. Still, high-range was possible (in contrast to having it attached on my Conn 88H tenor trombone). I also played this mouthpiece on a Bach 50T3LG bass bone, and it still was extremly precies and had the typical sound of a bass trombone.
Now, as I don’t own a bass trombone and it doesn’t fit well on a tenor trombone, I returned it to its owner.
Homepage: Yamaha 48.
My first Euphonium had a mouthpiece tied up, too. It has the model name Yamaha Japan 48. It is a mouthpiece which could be tagged with »at least a mouthpiece shipped«, but it’s not as bad as the Jupiter moutpiece I described earlier. It has a flat sound because of the shallow cup and tight throat and backbore. On the other hand, the attack is just fine. It has no special precision, it is just sufficient. I used it on my Jupiter 536R when lacking a better mouthpiece, but (of course) dropped it when I bought my Conn 88H-CL.
It is a solid beginner’s mouthpiece for the first two years or so. More ambitious musicians will look out for a better mouthpiece soon.
Homepage: JK Exclusive Posaune.
Now this is ought to be a trombone mouthpiece originally. Nevertheless, I used it on my Euphonium Yamaha YEP-321. The sound got much sharper when switching to this moutpiece. What you achieve is a tonal presence – no matter how quietly you may play. If you keep on practicing a little, you can play louder than the whole rest of your orchestra or wind band. Usually you don’t want this, but it shows the pros and cons of using this moutpiece on an euphonium.
You can hear me with this combination on my school band’s CD »Symphonic«. I’m the solist on the piece »Memory«, written by Rob Ares. There is a track listing on Musicbrainz.
I also tried the 6C on my Jupiter 536R trombone. I has no big advantage compared to the Yamaha 48 mouthpiece. Probably the trombone was brought to its limits anyway.
Homepage: Shop Agathon-Musik.
My only tuba mouthpiece was a gift by a tuba player from Lauenau. It is a Bruno Tilz, more precisely a Walter Hilgers signature series B2. I played it on a Alexander tuba (brand name), which was about 60 years old and was owned by the curch’s brass choir I played in. We had to modify the tuba, because it had a leadpipe which was very strange: It only handled special F non-conic mouthpieces.
The mouthpiece plays very nicely on this tuba. It fits just fine and you get the idea of how to playing it quickly. Given lots of air, you can produce a very strong sound. Sadly, I wasn’t able to play nicely in the sub-contra-range which was easier to achieve with another mouthpiece I borrowed from another player. Still it was the most reasonable choice to play a standard range. Without any hazzle, all notes did sound full and present.
There is a picture of me playing this mouthpiece on the web site of the brass band Stadthagen, see tuba players.