Baritone Mouthpieces

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ted, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. ted

    ted Member

    G'day to all,

    Can anyone tell me what the biggest baritone mouthpiece is? I have a friend at band she is playing on a size 4 (I think she's on a 4BS but I'm not sure) and she finds it too small (she was a euph player). Are there bigger baritone mouthpieces?

    thanks
    Ted
     
  2. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    Size 4!! Sounds like a bucket to me! I play on a wick 6BS and that's fine for me. Always have so donno about other makes etc. Why does she want a bigger mouthpiece? Or why doesn't she change back to Euph if she's having trouble. Just some thoughts.
     
  3. ted

    ted Member

    We already have 3 euph players in our band. So I think she's stuck with the baritone... I'm sure she would try to get used to it if she has to, but I think you would have to agree with me that there aren't a large range of mouthpieces for baritone players to choose from, while one make will gladly provide 3 different models of the same sized trumpet mouthpiece. Just doesn't make sense.

    Ted
     
  4. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    There's a link to Steven Mead's range of mouthpieces for euphoniums and baritones. I wouldn't know whether they have a stockist in your neck of the woods where she could try them out, but I'm sure you could email them to ask:

    http://www.euphonium.net/SMMP.html
     
  5. uncle eric

    uncle eric Member

    i didn't realise baritones used mouthpieces

    arf...arf

    uncle eric :lol:
     
  6. Jeff Lewis

    Jeff Lewis New Member

    I recently moved to baritone from euphonium. On euph I used a Wick 4AL on baritone I use a Wick 4AY. The main difference being the smaller shank to fit the baritone.
     
  7. asteria

    asteria Member

    Isn't that blasphemy of the baritone?! Or have you finally seen sense and decided to admit that anything's better than baritone? (Joke, that was a joke!!)
     
  8. SoloBaritone

    SoloBaritone Member

    Helen!!!! That was well harsh!!

    I play on a Bach 5 and have done for years.

    Jayne
     
  9. Sellers_Bird

    Sellers_Bird Active Member

    sure thats not a BOC 5 jayne... ha ha
     
  10. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    Don't forget most trombone mouthpieces fit a baritone so that should give you a wider choice
     
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  12. drummerboy

    drummerboy Member

    Blimey! How big do they want their mouthpiece!?! :D Dennis Wick mouthpieces go to a 0 (i think), but they're more for bass trom/Eb bass work. Having played baritone (for a quite a while), I'd personally say stick to the Wick 4, but as has already been mentioned, check out the Steven Mead and Bach mouthpiece ranges.
     
  13. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    The DW 0AL is intended for Bass Trom (or possibly Euph), and is about equivalent to a VB 1G - it's not an Eb Bass mouthpiece.

    Dave
     
  14. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    I know Australia can feel rather isolated at times, but come on!!!

    Ted, if Steve Rosse @ tubamania can't help, try Mark Ford in Victoria, or Greg Aitken in Brisbane for Brass Music Specialists. I know Greg has a brilliant range, and if he don't got it, he'll find it for you. That's where I got my SM 3 for a euph.

    Anyway, talk to one of them. I dunno about Mark, but Greg's store is on the 'net at www.brassmusic.com.au
     
  15. ted

    ted Member

    I'm sure that in the end the band will buy the mouthpiece from one of the people mentioned in the above message. I also think that tmp is an immense pool of knowledge (is there anything you people don't know?)and it's always useful to hear about a product from someone who isn't trying to sell it to you!
    (also I'm just asking for a friend)

    Ted
     
  16. Owen

    Owen Member

    I have used a Dennis Wick 5BS for a good few years now - I have found it to be the best compromise as a 4 gives a big sound but makes playing protracted high notes quite tiring (if you are on 1st bari there is a chance you could spend almost an entire concert playing in the top half of the stave and above). The 6 on the other hand didn't give a great sound (and yes - baritones are capable of producing a good sound for the doubters amongst you!) but I could play top notes for ages on it.

    Some shops will let you try a mouthpiece provided you protect it from getting marked, so it might be worth getting two or three to try out to be sure that you end up with the right one.
     
  17. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    No one could possibly have better parts than me Ms Varley....... oom chuck oom chuck and even the odd shaker!! Baritone is boss!! As proven in the parts for Journey.......parp parp parp parp while you lot are goin like chickens! Have fun at band tomorrow, thick of me standing in the freezing cold conducting my angelic school choir at the garden centre.......brrrrrrrr x
     
  18. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    The best time I had musically was when I played second baritone (don't laugh!!!!) for 6 months in Cap Silver. All I had to do was blend in, and I was fine.
     
  19. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    When I'm playing baritone (I must admit I'm not a big fan!) for the uni Brass Band, I use my trombone mouthpiece, which is a Vincent Bach 6.5AL. The trombone mouthpiece is basically just like my euphonium mouthpiece but with a smaller shank.

    I don't know what the general size is, but mine does feel a tad big for the instrument.
     
  20. dkinzett

    dkinzett New Member

    I like the 6.5AL for baritone. I think it is a good compromise.
     
  21. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    Yeah, although it's more of a compromise for playing my tenor trombone, the fact that it fitted my baritone just made life a helleva lot easier! :)
     
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