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Arnolds & Sons Trombone Mouthpieces

Arnolds & Sons Trombone Mouthpieces

These mouthpieces are exact copies of the famous American originals. State of the art production methods guarantee consistent high quality. With ascending numbers the cup depth gets flatter, and the cup diameter smaller. Generally speaking, the larger the muthpiece, the more demanding for the player. All mouthpieces are made of brass, with 15 microns of silver plating. The gold plated versions have 15 microns of silver plating and 3 microns of gold plating.

Key to Models/Numbers
  • "C"⇒Medium Cup
  • "D"⇒Medium Shallow
  • "E"⇒Shallow
  • "U"⇒Wide Rim
  • "W"⇒Wide Cushion Rim
  • "L"⇒Large Shank
  • "S"⇒Small Shank
  • High Number⇒Small Cup Diameter
  • Low Number⇒Large Cup Diameter
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Denis Wick Trombone Mouthpieces

Denis Wick Trombone Mouthpieces Denis Wick Trombone Mouthpieces

The first Denis Wick mouthpieces were made in 1968, and the range has grown so much, that it is now one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. They are famous for their wonderful sound and brilliant designs, and are produced to the highest technical specifications. Special attention is paid to the rims, which are both comfortable and consistent. Special techniques are used to produce beautiful and extremely hard-wearing silver and gold plating. Many mouthpieces are available in Heritage and Heavytop formats as well as in the Classic shape.

The range of Denis Wick mouthpieces is huge, over 100 models, each of which has been individually designed and modified by Mr Wick himself. They are all made in Britain by fine engineers and craftsmen. Every mouthpiece is hand finished and made to precise tolerances, with a good standard of polishing and plating. The rims of all models are designed to give the best compromise between maximum comfort and best playing results.  ⇒⇒To Product 

Denis Wick Heavy Top Trombone Mouthpieces

Denis Wick Heavy Top Trombone Mouthpieces Denis Wick Heavy Top Trombone Mouthpieces

Denis Wick Heavytop models use a completely different principle in not feeding back to the player the vibration of the instruments, transmitting all the energy through the bell. This gives a much more powerful sound when needed, more security in the high register and more control and focus in all registers. Design based on the mouthpiece used on the F trumpet by John Solomon, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra 1904-1936. This was done in 1972, under the supervision of John Wallace, OBE, then co-principal of the LSO. The sound quality is rich and dark, with a powerful presence, able to ride over a modern brass section. It demands a strong embouchure and breath control. The HeavyTop version gives even more power than the classic versions.  ⇒⇒To Product 

Vincent Bach Large & Small Shank Trombone Mouthpieces

Vincent Bach Large & Small Shank Trombone Mouthpieces Vincent Bach Large & Small Shank Trombone Mouthpieces

For Denis Wick trombone, "L" is large bore and "S" is medium bore. Generally, the first letter suffix applies to cup depth, and the second (if there are two) to bore/fitting. So trombone 4BL is medium cup large bore/fitting.

The shank (stem) of a mouthpiece must have the correct diameter and taper in order to fit snugly. The mouthpiece must be inserted a certain distance into the receiver tube of the instrument in order to give the best playing results. These dimensions have been calculated to allow for a reasonable amount of wear, and after years of use, the mouthpiece will fit up to 1/16th further into the receiver tube of the instrument.

As a general rule - the 341 prefix mouthpieces are for bass or large shank Bb/F, while the 350 will be for Bb and small shank Bb/F trombones. The slide trumpet or mini trombone takes a Bb trumpet mouthpiece.  ⇒⇒To Product 

Denis Wick 3180 Heritage Trombone Mouthpieces

Denis Wick 3180 Heritage Trombone Mouthpieces Denis Wick 3180 Heritage Trombone Mouthpieces

The new Heritage trombone mouthpiece from Denis Wick offers an alternative outside shape to classic Denis Wick design, whilst retaining the proven inner dimensions. The new Heritage design has been adapted from designs originally used in the 19th Century where a thinner cup wall was employed towards the top of the mouthpiece.

This has been combined with a large amount of mass around the bottom of the cup to create a mouthpiece with huge power but great sensitivity - ideal for the symphonic trombonist.

The Heritage range of trombone mouthpieces comes in all sizes and is finished with a silver-plated outside and a gold-plated rim and cup - a beautiful finish for a beautiful sounding mouthpiece  ⇒⇒To Product 

Trombone Mouthpieces - Rims, Shanks and Chambers

Denis Wick and Vincent Bach Brass Mouthpieces - A Brief Guide to Brass Mouthpieces

Mouthpieces come in many different shapes and sizes and can present a minefield to any player wanting to change mouthpiece or buy for the first time.

Trombone Mouthpieces - General

The physical shape of the brass mouthpiece has always been of great interest; manufacturers and players claim that the various parts - rim, cup, throat, backbore and shank - affect tone and playability. However, factors such as the shape and size of players’ mouths, their embouchure, and perception of sound should also be taken into account.

According to Vincent Bach, the "selection of a satisfactory mouthpiece presents to the average player an immeasurably greater problem than the choice of an instrument".

The mouthpieces of brass instruments have a "rounded" section that fits against the lips (the rim), an "enclosed volume of air" (cup diameter and depth), a narrow constriction (throat and shank), and a taper that widens out to meet the bore of the body of the instrument (the back bore). The enclosed volume may be approximately conical, as in many horn mouthpieces, or cup shaped, as in most other brass instruments (see left and below).

Trombone Mouthpiece Parts Labelled

It is useful to know, especially when ordering, what the letters and numbers ascribed to each mouthpiece mean, how they affect play and to whom they are suited. This again is a minefield, as neither manufacturer nor player seem to agree on what is best generally for any player. They do seem to agree on what the separate parts of the mouthpiece achieve.

Trombone Mouthpiece - Rims

Generally, a wide rim increases endurance, a narrow one improves flexibility and range, and a round one improves comfort. While a sharp rim (the sharpness of the inner rim), advocated by most sellers and players, increases "brilliance and precision of attack", a thick rim creates more lip contact and may make high notes easier to reach, and increase endurance. A sharp "bite" may make playing pitch more accurate, but lip control may be limited as may comfort and endurance. A soft bite will make up for this, but may lessen the "clarity of attack".

In both Denis Wick and Vincent Bach mouthpieces a "W" in the name implies a wider cushion rim on the cup. "X" usually signifies a large "cushion" rim. For Denis Wick, "N" (trombone and French horn) means a narrower rim.

Trombone Mouthpieces - Throats

A large throat is thought to increase blowing "freedom", volume and tone. It may also sharpen the higher register, and lower register. A smaller size may increase resistance, endurance and brilliance, but flatten the higher register. All standard Bach mouthpieces are made with medium-sized throats No 27 (3.66 mm). Special throat sizes are available. The lower the number assigned, the larger the throat.

Trombone Mouthpieces - Cups

A larger cup diameter may increase volume and control, while a smaller one may help to relieve fatigue and weakness. A deep cup may darken tone, while a shallow one may help to brighten it. A large cup will also lower the pitch - thus the importance of matching the cup of the mouthpiece with the pitch of the instrument.

VBI trumpet, cornet and flugel horn mouthpieces are numbered from the largest to the smallest diameters, and from the deepest to the most shallow cup. Numbers progress from 1 (largest cup diameter) to 20 (smallest). Cup depths are notated with letters: "A" is the deepest, standard cups have no letter, and "F" is the shallowest. "V" models, as the letter suggests, have "V" style cups - for these, cup depth is notated with "S" shallow or "M" medium. So 5MV is medium deep V style cup.

Denis Wick mouthpieces work in a similar way: the lower the number, the larger the cup diameter and vice-versa. The lettering system is more idiosyncratic. Generally speaking, "B" is medium depth, "C" is shallow, "E" is very shallow. For flugel horn, "F" is very deep. For trombone, Euphonium and baritone, "A" is deep. For tuba, "S" is shallow cup. So 5BFL flugel horn, is medium-deep cup, large fitting.

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