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Mouthpiece Curiosity

10 years 3 months ago #721 by Matt Reyes
I'm a student horn player that plans to play in college. By the time in graduate, I want to invest into getting a good mouthpiece. I am interested in getting an Alexander mouthpiece, but I'm not sure what kind. I need something that would play well with a Conn 8D, and is a mid-range mouthpiece. I was looking at the Alexander 8L, but I'm not exactly sure how it would fit with a Conn 8D. Any suggestions?

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10 years 1 month ago #739 by Chris Crawley
Replied by Chris Crawley on topic Mouthpiece Curiosity
It seems to me you're starting from the wrong end - you mention the horn the mouthpiece should go with - but what about the player? Your mouthpiece should be one that suits YOU. You might make some concessions to the instrument (for example, to do with how free-blowing it is) but these come second.

Your best starting point is the advice of a good teacher and a mouthpiece that is not extreme in any respect; stick with it until your playing and your experience allow you to experiment.

On a technical point: I believe Alexander horn leadpipe receivers are configured to the so-called "E" taper, which may mean their mouthpieces will not fit well into the standard receiver.

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