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« on: May 28, 2017, 12:16PM »

Hey everyone,
I'm looking to try a little bit larger mouthpiece for my dual bore (which takes a small shank mouthpiece) tenor trombone with F attachment . Right now I play a 6 1/2AL, so I'm looking for one a little larger than that one. However, I don't know where to start. Is there a Bach mouthpiece that is a little bigger than the 6 1/2AL that could work, or another brand that might work??? Any suggestions are most welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 12:21PM »

Bach 5GS is a 6.5 AL cup on a 5G rim.

Or you can go to the 5 series (5G).

Other brands?  Schilke or Yamaha (look at the 51 series)

Wick 5BS.

Those are a LITTLE larger than a 6.5 AL.

Still too small?  Bach 4 series (4C, 4), Wick 4BS, Schilke/Yamaha 52 Series.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2017, 12:29PM »

Call Doug Elliot!

I used a 6.5 for a long time.

Before I switched to the DE stuff, I was having a lot of success with a Ferguson 1 (roughly a 5 sized piece) and a Ferguson I had special ordered with a 6.5 rim. The Ferguson mouthpieces had a great response and a lot of room in the cup.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2017, 03:35PM »

I started playing trombone on a small shank 6.5AL (which lasted me through the start of eighth grade before I switched to a large shank Schilke 51 when I started playing a large bore with F-attachment) in sixth grade, even though most start on a 12C.  Definitely try some pieces in the 5 range like a Denis wick 5BS or Schilke 51 or if it's still too small maybe a Denis Wick 4BS, Bach 4C, Schilke 52, etc.  If all fails, get in contact with Doug to see if you can get fitted. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 04:14PM »

When I "moved up" from a 6 1/2 AL on my small shank Trombones, I went to a 5G, and loved the difference instantly. That little bit of a difference made my sound even more opened (opened sound is one of my favorite things about my playing). You can get a Bach 5G for your small shank trombone online.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2017, 04:20PM »

Are you studying with somebody? Have they made any suggestions if so?
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 04:37AM »

Thanks for all the responses everyone! Just what I wanted to know.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2017, 04:38AM »

Are you studying with somebody? Have they made any suggestions if so?

I am, but haven't asked him yet about it. I probably should though but thought I would see if I might get some suggestions here first.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2017, 07:00AM »

I've had success moving students onto a Yamaha 51 from 6-1/2AL or the equivalent. Not much more difficult to play, but tends toward a rounder, warmer tone.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2017, 12:21PM »

Also, the the Brass Ark Clarke m'pce. Similar in many ways to a 6.5AL, but...as you request...just little bit larger.

Good design. Based on the Bach NY Clarke S m'pce...the precursor to the 6.5AL.

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 26, 2017, 06:44PM »

Ditto on the yamaha 51. they feel slightly smaller than a bach 5g but bigger than a 6.5al. The Schilke 51's have a huge cup in comparison to a 6.5AL. To me they feel even larger than a bach 5g rim wise. you can try the Denis Wicks, but I find their flat rims are not very comfortable, especially coming off the well rounded rim of the 6.5al. Best bet is to try a few if you can. I used a bach 5 (no gs or g) with my bach 36 for years and liked it. It does have a tiny throat compared to the 5g though. Check with your teacher as well.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 27, 2017, 11:16AM »

Ditto on the yamaha 51. they feel slightly smaller than a bach 5g but bigger than a 6.5al. The Schilke 51's have a huge cup in comparison to a 6.5AL. To me they feel even larger than a bach 5g rim wise. you can try the Denis Wicks, but I find their flat rims are not very comfortable, especially coming off the well rounded rim of the 6.5al. Best bet is to try a few if you can. I used a bach 5 (no gs or g) with my bach 36 for years and liked it. It does have a tiny throat compared to the 5g though. Check with your teacher as well.

Just purchased a Yamaha 51 to try, will see how I like it. I have tried several Denis Wick's, but I'm not a huge fan of them. I have a 5GS that I'm trying out, but maybe I'll try a 5.

Thanks for the advice!
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