A while ago I read on the Tubenet tuba bulletin board ( Sean Chisham's TubeNet BBS ) about a new range of Tuba mouthpieces designed and made by a USA player Mike Finn. He was kind enough to send me the 3 (at the time) models, the MF1, 2 and 3.
I tried all 3 for about 2 months, but have settled on the MF3, which is the largest but also comfiest to me. I find it a lot easier to get volume without the sound breaking up, and tuning and articulation are more comfortable. I think I'm the only UK player with these mouthpieces, or I was when I recieved them. I still have one of each model.
They are certainly not a conventional design, but seem to work very well indeed. I've previously played on Wick, Bach, Schilke and Perantucci mouthpieces, and this is by far the best mouthpiece I have had (so far!!)
For comparisons the:
MF3 is similar to Mirafone TU39 or Perantucci 44, 83 or 84, bigger than a Wick 1, inbetween Bach 12 and 7.
MF2 is similar to Schilke 67 or Bach 18, but inbetween a Wick 2 and 1.
MF1 is same as MF2 but with a rounder rim.
His website ( www.mikefinnmouthpieces.com )has more details, as well as news of a new MF4 (slightly smaller than the others). If anyone is desparate to try one, or wants more info, they could contact me (although please note I don't sell them or make any money). They aren't cheap, but they aren't as expensive as some!
Andy Cattanach, Williams Fairey Brass Band, Intrada Brass Ensemble, Wigan Jazz Club Big Band etc. www.andycattanach.co.uk
Hi. I'm currently trying out the MF 2B and the MF H, both are fine mouthpieces. I live the work Mike has done on these. I can say that the 2B is great on the low register. The added mass does keep the sound focused, but it suffers a bit being flat on the high range.
The MF H is fantastic, great sound. Takes a bit more due to the funnel shape cup, but it produces great sound and ease of range.