Denis Wick Heritage Cornet Mouthpieces

Discussion in ' User Reviews' started by lmf, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. lmf

    lmf New Member


    I use Denis Wick 3, 4, 4B, and 4B Heavytop. I like Denis Wick mouthpieces very much. Now that Denis Wick Heritage Cornet mouthpieces are available, I would like to add a Denis Wick Heritage Cornet 4W to my collection. Has anyone used the Denis Wick Heritage mouthpieces and how do they compare? Thank you very much!

    Best wishes,

  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    As you can see, the design is completely different to the heavytop models and I would say has more in common with the defunkt kosicup models of years ago. Thinner walls produce different resonances under volume so you better try one out to see if it complements your playing style and instrument.
  3. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    I have swapped from a heavytop to a Heritage and it is AWESOME - fuller tone, more responsive - am never going back.
  4. lmf

    lmf New Member


    Yes, you are correct. It is a mouthpiece to be tried before purchase. The premise sounds good, but performance issues have to be considered for the individual player.


    Best wishes,

  5. lmf

    lmf New Member


    I like my heavytop 4B, so the Heritage does sound awesome. I think that I might be more comfortable with the 4W or 4BW, but my local dealer hasn't received those wide sizes in the USA yet. Hoping that if the wider rim becomes available, it will be more comfortable to play.


    Best wishes,

  6. I used the heritage trombone/euphonium mouthpiece, at first it felt amazing, really felt in control of the instrument, until bout 3/4months then i started having problems with my teeth, i thought this was just me, but after asking other players using the same mouthpiece they seemed to be getting similar problems! have any cornet players experience similar problems?
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Hi Lloyd, I bought the 2.5 CC tuba mouthpiece as it is based on the Helleberg concept ages ago when they first came out. I thought it would provide an alternative in sound and projection. However, coupled with my Maestro it produced too raw a sound and in that sense, resembled the Conn Helleberg model (both more suited to the BATs). Maybe the smaller sizes (sim. to VB 24AW or DW3L) may respond a little better.
  8. sop 1

    sop 1 Member

    is ther a sop version? and anyone tried it?
  9. lmf

    lmf New Member

    Hi, James,

    The affect that such a mouthpiece change on one's teeth would definitely be a concern. It apparently affects the embrochure in ways not earlier known, or the player is changing his manner of playing which may be causing problems. It will be interesting to hear if other players are experiencing teeth problems going from their present mouthpiece to the Heritage.

    Thanks for sharing, James!

    Best wishes,

  10. lmf

    lmf New Member

    Hi, Brassneck,

    I had heard as it relates to the cornet mouthpieces that some felt the sound was wonderful when changing to the Heritage line from the standard DW mouthpieces, while others found the tone worse. Certainly, the perception has to be an individual matter. It appears some found the change worthwhile, others didn't. Some are waiting to hear the results others are having? Players will have to 'try before they buy" to be sure. A mouthpiece for a tuba is no small investment financially. One cannot afford to be buying many mouthpieces for tuba.

    Thanks for sharing, Brassneck!

    Best wishes,

  11. lmf

    lmf New Member

    Hi, Sop 1,

    It does not appear that Denis Wick has provided the soprano cornet mouthpiece in the Heritage-style yet. It doesn't seem to be listed on its website.

    Maybe it is being planned for the future?

    Thanks for sharing, Sop 1,

    Best wishes,

  12. sop 1

    sop 1 Member

    thanks for that :)
  13. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    There has definitely been a prototype (or a few of them) made in the S size.
    I tried one earlier this year and liked it (although I don't like the S size) - good response and a lovely tone, even though it was not my preferred size.
  14. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    Does anybody know of a supplier reasonably close to Shropshire were i?my nipper could try these mouthpieces.

    Abigail lost her mp last week so we need to get another one, and would be interested in trying them
  15. Bb Cornet 500

    Bb Cornet 500 New Member

    Eb Sop Mouthpiece

    In Reply, there is a Size S heritage DW Mouthpiece. Go to then onto accessories, Cornet, Mouthpieces and scroll through to find it. They have it for £42.61. As soon as i get paid, i will be bying a Bb 4b one. Hope this helps!
  16. Jasper

    Jasper Member

    I've got a DW4 Heritage in my drawer that I barely used and put away again. Anybody wants to save a few quid off a new one drop me a PM

  17. davel1975

    davel1975 New Member

    I've been playing on a DW4 for a couple of years now (after having been on a 4B for ages) and am pretty comfortable with it but I'm wondering if I should try the Heritage version of the 4 or try a DW2 (normal/Heritage)?

    Any advice,
  18. lmf

    lmf New Member

    Hi, Dave,

    I play DW3. DW4, DW4B. I've not used DW2.

    About a month ago I purchased a DW4B Heritage mouthpiece and I like it very much. I heard that some liked the change from the standard DW series to Heritage, others did not like the Heritage series. Some indicated the change took some "getting used to" before they felt comfortable with the Heritage mouthpiece. I didn't have any trouble switching to the DW4B Heritage or moving back and forth between the DW3 or DW4. I use the DW4B and DW4B Heavytop. I kept the DW4B Heavytop and gave my standard DW4B to a friend. I can move back and forth between the DW4 Heavytop and the Heritage very easily. Same with the DW3 and DW4. The Heritage seems to have the flexibilty as the descriptive information Denis Wick provides. I may one day buy a Heritage DW4 to replace my standard DW4, but for right now I'm pleased with the Heritage DW4B.

    Have you played the DW2 before? Does it feel right for you as far as range? If so, the DW2 Heritage would probably provide equal (if not better) performance for you. You would probably need to determine if the DW2 is one you will play well before spending the extra money for the Heritage series in that size.

    I don't know how much you have to pay for DW where you live? The Heritage DW4B that I purchased in the USA was $89.00 which included shipping. That's not a high price for a quality mouthpiece for us here. Other dealers in the USA sell the same item for more or less depending upon the dealer selected.

    Best wishes , Dave!

  19. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    I bought a Heritage 3B cornet mouthpiece last Monday, and after playing on it for a week, I am really pleased. I have noticed a lot less pressure when playing and I am getting a lovely sound out of it (for a change! LOL). It is also a lot more responsive when playing quietly, and I can get some real power out when playing loudly (and it stays in tune!), so I don't think I will be going back. I think like with all mouthpieces it is personal preference, so probably the only thing to do is to try it and see how you get on.
  20. lmf

    lmf New Member


    You said:

    "I think like with all mouthpieces it is personal preference, so probably the only thing to do is to try it and see how you get on."

    A true observation! I've heard more good compliments about the Heritage series than "not so good' ones. However, I've heard that some do not like them at all and had gone back to their previous mouthpiece(s).

    The Heritage series works for some and not for others and/or others like them and others don't.

    Best wishes,


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