What are some good options for a jazz flugelhorn mouthpiece? I have the Yamaha Bobby Shew and a nice 3C equivalent (for wind ensemble playing), but I want something that will help my range a bit.

  • Nay particular reason you're not satisfied with your current mouthpiece?
    – naught101
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 14:41
  • I love my current mouthpiece, I'm just looking for a mouthpiece that would fill a bit of a different role.
    – segiddins
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 20:26

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I love my Denis Wick 2F. It is very deep (small bore).

You may be aware that there are different bore size standards, the french standard being much smaller than the US, resulting in a more mellow sound.

I never play only the flugelhorn at a gig, so I appreciate the contrast between my trumpet and my flugelhorn. I don't want to swap instruments and have the same sound. If you are in the same situation, you might consider having contrasting instruments.

The backside is of course that such a deep mouthpiece won't help your range. But I'd argue that if you pick up your flugelhorn, it is not to play in the high register.

"The large bore horns, though still sounding like flugels, play more like trumpets, which may or may not be a good thing. You already have a trumpet. They have less resistance, take more air easily, and are capable of more volume, though I am not sure how important volume is in a flugelhorn. The smaller bore horns tend to play easily but can get stuffy when pushed and can be easily overblown. They do tend to force you to play the flugel differently and maybe more flugel-like. There is a reason that the most popular instruments are the small bore flugels in the French tradition."


If you really want to have something for the high register, I can only give you standard advice: find something with a rim similar to what you have and like, but more shallow. I'd also recommend to go to a shop and try some out. Just because someone else likes a mouthpiece does not mean that you would.

Note also that a flugelhorn (the horn itself) might not be built for the register above high C, as a trumpet could. With that I mean that whatever the mouthpiece, the high register may be difficult if the horn just does not want. Hence once again, try the mouthpiece for yourself before you buy.

  • I am aware that you asked for something to help your range, sorry for my reply that goes against that.
    – Gauthier
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 17:33
  • I appreciate the recommendation, but I already have a great 'normal' mouthpiece. I really do need something that will give me just a bit more range for the occasional piece that has stuff above C.
    – segiddins
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 19:45
  • Can you not give me a reply that answers the question?
    – segiddins
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 2:02
  • I'm sorry, I wouldn't know. I chose a deep mouthpiece at the cost of range, so I have no experience in good flugelhorn mouthpieces for high register.
    – Gauthier
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 9:19
  • I tried to expand my answer, I am not sure it helps much though.
    – Gauthier
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 9:39

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