Mouthpieces

 

Historic mouthpieces are a popular subject. There are as many forms and variations as there are player's needs, this is certainly true hundreds of years ago as it is today. I currently offer 1 part mouthpieces from the baroque to romantic periods, and 2 part mouthpieces from the renaissance. I currently make mouthpieces one at a time, by hand, so any mouthpiece can be altered made to suit the player's needs. 

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

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Leichnamschneider, 1700s

Price: $140 USD

Original set of 6 in the National Museum in Prague.

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, and not suited for more artistic music. 

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

Can be made to suit the player.

Photography: Brandon Loos, threebuttonphotography.com

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William Bull, Warwick museum

Price: $140 USD

This mouthpiece is attributed to William Bull, fitting for English trumpets and repertoire.

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

medium-deep cup, and is 108.5mm in length.

Can be made to suit the player.

Photography: Brandon Loos, threebuttonphotography.com

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William Bull? 1700s

Price: $125 USD

This mouthpiece is associated with a trumpet by W. Bull. However, there is doubt whether Bull was the original maker of this mouthpiece. Original specs are as follows: 20mm inner rim, medium outer rim, medium-shallow cup depth, and is 80.5mm in length.

Can be made to suit the player.

Photography: Brandon Loos, threebuttonphotography.com

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Anonymous, late 17th-early 18th Century

Price: $125 USD

Unknown maker, well suited for orchestral playing. 

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.

Photography: Brandon Loos, threebuttonphotography.com

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

Price: $125 USD

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

Mouthpieces in the renaissance were essentially just a formed cup soldered onto a tube, 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 (like Hainlein, Birckholtz, and Nagel).

Mouthpieces are made according what the player will use them for, what's offered is as follows:

Note: All mouthpieces come with its accompanying tube.

Field Trumpeter Model: very wide rim and throat diameters, very deep cup. 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 Magnus Thomsen fanfares. Pairs well with a good Lager.

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 principale work if needed.

​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

Photography: Brandon Loos, threebuttonphotography.com

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