Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

 
Advanced search

1092893 Posts in 72336 Topics- by 19432 Members - Latest Member: joshealejo
Jump to:  
The Trombone ForumCreation and PerformanceMusical Miscellany(Moderators: JP, BGuttman) Looking for places to try mouthpieces
Pages: [1]   Go Down
Print
Author Topic: Looking for places to try mouthpieces  (Read 288 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
MattG1116
*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: May 26, 2017
Posts: 1

View Profile
« on: Dec 20, 2017, 11:28AM »

Hello, Iím a trombonist on Long Island and Iíve been looking for places to try mouthpieces, but Iím having a lot of trouble finding places to do this. A lot of stores either donít have a great selection, or wonít let you try mouthpieces. I was wondering if there was anyone else who has experience with this problem or if anyone else living in his area had a preferred place to go to try mouthpieces and equipment.  I donít have money to keep making hit and miss mouthpiece purchases. With the few times I have been able to try mouthpieces, Iíve found that the pieces Iíve researched and want to try donít live up to expectations, and pieces I never wouldíve thought to try have been great, but Iím still trying to hone in on the tone and feel that I want. I donít want to put money down on any pieces before trying them anymore.  Please help?
Logged
BillO
A trombone is not measured by it's name.

*
Offline Offline

Location: Ontario Canada
Joined: Jun 24, 2015
Posts: 3427

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: Dec 20, 2017, 11:59AM »

I have never found a mouthpiece that gives me a magical improvement in tone, but I do use different cup depths to brighten or darken the tone I have and/or to match with the kind of music and/or instrument I'm playing.

Find a mouthpiece that fits you well - is comfortable (rim not too big, not too small, not to narrow, not too wide) and practice to develop your tone.  Once you have a really good tone, then seek a mouthpiece that gives the color you want.

There is a member here, Doug Elliott, that is an expert at fitting mouthpieces for people.  Perhaps you could contact him for help.
Logged

Never look at the conductor. You just encourage them.

Have you noticed, some folk never stick around to help tidy up after practice?
NateR

*
Offline Offline

Location: Orange County NY
Joined: Jun 27, 2007
Posts: 405

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: Dec 20, 2017, 07:15PM »

Hey Matt - If you're on Long Island you could always make a trip down to Dillon Music in Woodbridge, NJ. They stock lots of mouthpieces and I think they have a week trial period on them also.
Logged
LowrBrass

*
Offline Offline

Location: Philadelphia-ish, PA
Joined: May 17, 2015
Posts: 438

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: Dec 20, 2017, 07:40PM »

Hey Matt - If you're on Long Island you could always make a trip down to Dillon Music in Woodbridge, NJ. They stock lots of mouthpieces and I think they have a week trial period on them also.

This is what I was going to say. I did a mouthpiece test there a few years ago. Nothing complicated for me, just an A vs. B test, but they were amenable.

I just checked the website to confirm the week trial period... didn't see that, but I did find this:

Quote
For [mouthpiece] consultations please call (732) 634-3399 or visit our brass store.
Vladimir is available Mon Ė Thurs 10:00 am to 3:00pm

Dillon's is the brass Mecca of the tri-state area. (That's how my college teacher described it to me.) If it's not too far for you (looks like it's 3 hours from Montauk), it's worth a trip if you've never been.
Logged
Ellrod

*
Offline Offline

Location: North
Joined: Oct 30, 2001
Posts: 6475

View Profile
« Reply #4 on: Dec 20, 2017, 10:50PM »

Can you tell anything useful from a short trial in a music store?
Logged
vegasbound
There are 2 types of trombone player....Urbie & everyone else!

*
Offline Offline

Location:
Joined: Aug 2, 2008
Posts: 2617
"Get your tee shirt from http://www.derekwatkins.co"


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: Dec 21, 2017, 01:28AM »

Why do you feel your current piece isn't working for you?

Do you have a teacher?   If so what does he/ she suggest ?   If you don't have a teacher...go have a lesson with a good working pro player and seek their advice, a much better use of the money another mouthpiece would cost!!
Logged

'There will never come a day when I don't need to practice'- JJ Johnson
BGuttman
Mad Chemist

*
*
Offline Offline

Location: Londonderry, NH, USA
Joined: Dec 12, 2000
Posts: 51529
"Almost Professional"


View Profile
« Reply #6 on: Dec 21, 2017, 11:43AM »

Can you tell anything useful from a short trial in a music store?

Yes.  You can tell that there's no chance it will work.

Positive results take a lot more time.
Logged

Bruce Guttman
Solo Trombone, Hollis Town Band
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orch. President 2017-2018
watermailonman

*
Offline Offline

Location: Sweden
Joined: Aug 1, 2004
Posts: 1481
"Do your best and then do better"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: Dec 21, 2017, 05:42PM »

Hello, Iím a trombonist on Long Island and Iíve been looking for places to try mouthpieces, but Iím having a lot of trouble finding places to do this. A lot of stores either donít have a great selection, or wonít let you try mouthpieces. I was wondering if there was anyone else who has experience with this problem or if anyone else living in his area had a preferred place to go to try mouthpieces and equipment.  I donít have money to keep making hit and miss mouthpiece purchases. With the few times I have been able to try mouthpieces, Iíve found that the pieces Iíve researched and want to try donít live up to expectations, and pieces I never wouldíve thought to try have been great, but Iím still trying to hone in on the tone and feel that I want. I donít want to put money down on any pieces before trying them anymore.  Please help?

Well, you can't really try mouthpieces enough. When I borrowed some mouthpieces from a store they usually count on me to buy one of them. To return everyone is not something that makes them happy. The same with instruments. You need to buy something in the shop now and then at least. I borrowed a lot of Bach, Yamaha, Laskey and Shilke mouthpieces from shops over here. A few I liked and some I bought but over time they just weas not a god fit. Then I found the Karl Hammond mouthpieces. It is something with his design that is allright with me. Very comfortable rims. I was so impressed that I invested in allmost ALL his tenor mouthpieces both small and large shank M, ML and L, sizes 13, 12 and 11. All are fantastic moithpieces. After several years now I have discovered that the 12 is my best fit so I've started to use that size on my  .525 and .547 horns exklusive, but...
just found out Hammond has added a 12XL and a custom 12MXL to his series, so I deceded to add those to my collection too. Did an order earlier today.

Mouthpieces is a lifelong seek. I'm quite happy with the mouthpieces I've got but you never know. What I know is ALL Hammondmouthpueces I've played are good and comfortable. Very few play them over here and they are not to find in any shop. It leaves me whith one option. Buy and try! I think it is worth it 🎃

/Tom
Logged

Listen to my playing on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/user-796193724
Visit my page at https://sites.google.com/site/brazzmusic/

Instruments: King 2b+, Kanstul 1570, Kanstul 1662. m-pieces: Bach 6 3/4, Hammond 12 ML, Hammond 20 BL
Pages: [1]   Go Up
Print
Jump to: