Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by BENNYBOY, Feb 15, 2010.
Been asked to go on horn. Can anyone recommend a mouthpiece
The Denis Wick mouthpieces are always a good bet. When I played horn I used a Phil Parker mouthpiece which seemed to suit me. Best advice would be to try a few and see which you feel most comfortable with.
Alliance gets my vote.
What are the Bach Tenor Horn Mouthpieces like?
What instrument are you coming from?
Can't go wrong with the DW's.
Not for me Aidan, this person plays the virtuosi stock TH mouthpiece and in a village band I used to help out from time to time. Despite encouragement and tips from several good players she cant seem to get any volume, her range is decent and was thinking they would get more volume at the expense of quality of sound from a Bach (purely from my own experience of playing Bach and Wicks on the Cornet), though I may be wrong. I dont think she would mind the loss of tone (she would be the best player in the band) and I understand its not the way to go about it but Im just doing what Im told
I personally dont know anyone who plays a bach TH mouthpiece though!
Thanks for any help you can give
Thanks everyone. I think it's best to try a few
Don't forget to try DW Heritage range. I bought a 3 and now the whole section has.
I found an instant volume increase when I switched from DW to the Alliance. (as did the Flugal when they swapped too).
What did you play before? I moved from cornet to horn, starting with a DW3 but I really struggled with low notes so I went on to a DW2 which is much easier in the low register and still fine in the higher notes. I think the 'right' mouthpiece for you could partly depend on what instrument you're moving from.
I think a good all rounder is a Dennis Wick 3...try a 2 if you are playing lower horn parts. Try and avoid the 5 even if you are playing solo horn because you'll get a thinner sound than on a 3 and the advantages in range are minimal in my experience but I guess that depends a little on your own teeth formation etc. The general advise is go as large as you can since the majority of good writing on horn aren't about range but more about tone.
I've just changed to a DW Hertigate 1A (from DW3) and finding the move a little harder up high but once you make up your mind you need a good 3 months for your lips to really get used to it - otherwise you end up constantly moving mouthpieces and that isn't good for anyone. My advice, if you coming from cornet or bari then try a DW3 for 6 months. If you coming from Euph or Bass then try something larger like DW2 or DW1A or Alliance (unless you playing solo horn stuff and need the smaller gob-iron for the high stuff). Good luck, Simon
Thanks Simon I'll give them a try
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