Mouthpiece advice

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by MrsP, May 22, 2011.

  1. MrsP

    MrsP New Member


    I have recently moved from tenor horn to cornet and wondering what mouthpiece would be best as the mouthpiece does feel a bit like a pea-shooter! I know it will take time and practice but wondering where would be a good starting point as the mouthpiece I have been supplied with has a chip on it so would like to replace it anyway.

    I used to play on a Denis Wick 2 for tenor horn and had a really good range and stamina but due to changes no seats in the tenor horn ranks so cornet it is!
  2. andyh

    andyh Supporting Member

    Mouthpiece choice is intensely personal; what works for one person won't work for another but having said that if you've moved to the cornet back row I might suggest you try a Denis Wick 3. I would avoid the Heritage range for now; good as they are you might find the rim a little thin having come from a large mouthpiece.

    That might not be the best choice if you've moved to Rep or front row though as the 3 can be hard work in the upper ranges unless you have really good stamina.

  3. AndrewL

    AndrewL Member

    You may get lots of conflicting advice here but I would suggest the following as a starting point. DW 4 on the front row/rep and DW 3on the back row. If you are used to a bigger mouthpiece you may get away with a DW 2 on the back row.

    As we are all different this may not suit you so be prepared to experiment. Hope you enjoy your cornet playing.
  4. MrsP

    MrsP New Member

    Thank you both. Will toddle off to the music shop soon and try some out 
  5. MrsP

    MrsP New Member

    Have ended up with a Vincent Bach 3C and loving it. Lovely tone at bottom range and top notes are very much improved! It's like I'm on a new instrument! I had hoped mouthpiece would help a bit but it's brilliant.
    Thanks for the help guys 
  6. AndrewL

    AndrewL Member

    Good to see you have found a suitable mouthpiece. With Bach mouthpieces as you may have to take a bit more care to ensure that they blend with the rest of the band and don't cut through the band, especially with higher notes and louder dynamics.