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16 years 1 month ago #82 by IHS Online Manager
IHS AC member, Jonathan Stoneman, is working on an article on how people choose mouthpieces. He has already surveyed 50 European and American players for some initial views, and would like to collect yours. If you have 5 minutes to record your answers, please click here. (To help retain the accuracy of the survey, please only take the survey once). We hope to publish the results in a future edition of the Horn Call)

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15 years 4 months ago #222 by Erik Vigesaa
I got older, and my chops seem to have spread out so my old King H-2 wasn't going to work. I tried a Thomas Bacon signature and that seemed to be the ticket, and I gained acouple of note back below middle C. Just yesterday a student brought me some big Laskey mouthpieces, a paxman screw rim and the Canadian Brass signature. The CB was rejected due to it's inner diameter, the Paxman seemed ok at first until I played up in the range then it was fuzzy. The biggest Laskey, an 85 G, had everything going for it, even good upper range. I play an 8D and am kind of a typecast high horn guy with thicker lips. I've never switched mouthpieces all that much over my life, but now it seems to be something to look into.
I have a theory-if you switch to a bigger dia. mouthpiece, there's no going back.

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15 years 4 months ago #225 by Jonathan Stoneman
I have a strong hunch that you're right. But evidence is hard to find because there's a lot of superstition (I don't mean that to sound loaded, but can't think of a better word) and so many players - pro and amateur alike - prefer to stick with one mouthpiece through thick and thin. Even the ones who do change may not be objective about what to try next. The other problem is that the difference between feeling that you're sticking your lips in a bucket and putting them against a cutting edge is about 0.5mm.
When I first did the survey, I produced an article for the British Horn Society Magazine, but it's taken me a shameful 9 months to pull the data on mouthpiece makes and sizes into a graph that makes sense. I am trying to attach the graphs and will shortly post the article to this site. I would be very happy to hear from you or anyone about the data and my findings so far.

Yours
Jonathan Stoneman

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15 years 4 months ago #226 by Jonathan Stoneman
and here's the article...
all reaction welcome!

JS

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15 years 4 months ago #227 by Erik Vigesaa
oops, show how much I don't know about mouthpieces! the Laskey G cup is their standard one, but the 18.5 width is their biggest. They have a "magic" rim that is not published, must be a secret, that kind of promotes flexibility, more rounded on top, not flat. that seems to work better for me. I guess whatever makes things better is good. I did gain some confidence back on some of my lower range, which I constantly have to address these days! You're right about the .5 MM-what a difference!

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15 years 4 months ago #228 by Jonathan Stoneman
It's a fascinating topic - so many variables, so little proven science. One of our horn quartet reminded me how much information on mouthpiece selection (and as scientific as one can get without funding a full program of research) there is on the Dr Mouthpiece section of the Stork website. This article is a good start - www.storkcustom.com/html/Dr.%20Mpc%2012.06.04%20Q4.htm
And I gather that there's a printed version of this essay in The Brass Player's Cookbook - www.storkcustom.com/html/dr.%20mouthpiece%2010.30.05.htm

JS

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