Mouthpieces

I offer a wide range of mouthpieces that range from the mid-renaissance to the classical period, all handmade as it should be. 

Don't see your favorite historic mouthpiece? No worries, anything can be made with enough

measurements, photos, and information. Always up for a challenge!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at: mmhistoricbrass@gmail.com

Price: 

Baroque/classical long mouthpieces: $200 USD

Renaissance 2-part mouthpieces: $175 USD

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Leichnamschneider, 1700s

Original set of 6 in Prague.

This is the mouthpiece I personally play on the most.

This was made for a friend who asked me to copy another copy he had access to.

I was impressed with how it played so I decided to include it in this list.

It is very fitting for clarino playing as it allows for flexibility and easy transitions through the registers. The original specs suggest they were fanfare mouthpieces. 

Clarino Model specs are as follows: ~19-20mm inner rim, wide outer rim, medium-shallow cup, tapered throat, and 100mm in length.

Can be made to suit the player.

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William Bull model Nos. 1 & 3, late 17th Century

These mouthpiece are attributed to William Bull. fitting for English trumpets and

repertoire. Best paired with English instruments as their bell profiles were designed with these

mouthpieces in mind. 

Original specs are as follows: 19mm inner rim, wide outer rim, 5mm throat,

medium-deep cup, and 108mm in length.

Can be made to suit the player.

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William Bull model No. 2, late 17th Century

This mouthpiece is attributed to W. Bull. 

Original specs are as follows: 20mm inner rim, medium outer rim, medium-shallow cup depth, and 80.5mm in length.

Can be made to suit the player.

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Anonymous, late 18th-early 19th Century

Unknown maker, this type of mouthpiece is commonly seen on the trumpets of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Original specs are as follows: 18mm inner rim, narrow outer diameter, narrow throat, and is 80.8mm length.

Can be made to suit the player.

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Two-part Renaissance Mouthpiece, 16th-17th Centuries

5 models offered, including the JZ (Julian Zimmermann) model.

Mouthpieces in the renaissance were essentially just a formed cup soldered onto a tube. They typically had wider rim diameters, sharp rim/throat, and no backbore. Specs were varied and could have been used for anything from signaling, to principale playing, to clarino playing. Needless to say, these mouthpieces pair best with renaissance trumpets (the likes of Hainlein, Birckholtz, Nagel, etc).

Mouthpieces are made according what role they will play, they are as follows:

Note: All mouthpieces come with its accompanying tube.

Feldtrompeter Model: 

These types of mouthpieces were commonly used for signaling on the battlefield, in towers, and even on ships. To maximize their volume output they generally feature very wide rims 21-23mm, throat diameters 6.7-8.5mm, and very deep cups 14-18mm in depth. This is an incredibly loud mouthpiece with a solid pedal note that will sound over great distances. Difficult to play in the clarino register.

Try it with the music of Bendinelli, Fantini, or from the Lübeck/Thomsen trumpet books. 

Principale Model:

Wide rim and throat diameters, deep cup. Clear low register with a reachable clarino range, but perhaps more suited for signaling or ensemble sonata playing.

Clarino Model:

Medium to wide rim diameters, medium throat diameter, medium cup. Not as effective as a signaling mouthpiece, but effective in the higher range. Can also be used for the principale register.

​JZ Model:

Clarino model refined and developed by Julian Zimmermann. The mouthpiece can be seen featured in this Video.

The inner rim is 21 mm.

He does good work, check out Julian's site: Naturtrompete.ch

Sackbut Model:

Because of the amount of overlap between early trumpet and sackbut mouthpieces,

I offer copies of any of the extant sackbut/trumpet mouthpieces up to the 17th century.

Please contact me for more information. 

 

All Photography by: Brandon Loos, threebuttonphotography.com