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« on: Apr 25, 2009, 07:27PM »

What's Large Shank and Small Shank O.o

And I'm considering in changing from a 12C mouthpiece to a 6 1/2 AL, as the 12C mouthpiece hurts my lips, and it doesn't allow my lips to move around much at all.  But what is a Large Shank and Small Shank?  What's the difference?  I can't tell, and what effects does it have on your sound?

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 25, 2009, 07:46PM »

large shank is for large bore horns, small shank is for small bore horns

you need to get a mouthpiece that fits your horn

chances are that if you were playing a 12c it was small bore

overall playing a large bore horn gives you a darker and more open sound.  it also takes more air to play, but that's more about the horn than the mouthpiece

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 25, 2009, 08:23PM »

If the hole is < .5 inches, it is small shank.  If it is a little bigger, it is a large shank.

I am making a very educated guess that yours is a small shank.  Not many 12c large shank out there!

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 26, 2009, 01:41PM »

The shank is the part of the mouthpiece that you put into the trombone.

As Bachbone said, since you are playing a 12C, you are almost surely playing a small shank mouthpiece.

If you have a trombone that needs a small shank mouthpiece, a large shank mouthpiece won't be able to fit into your trombone.
If you have a trombone that needs a large shank mouthpiece, a small shank mouthpiece will go into your trombone and rattle around loosely.
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