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Questions tagged [mouthpieces]

The part of a wind or brass instrument which is in contact with the players mouth. As the initial chamber in which the air is passed through, the mouthpiece can play a big part in the overall sound quality.

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Is any trumpet mouthpiece brand valid for any trumpet?

I bought a cheap trumpet and came with a mouthpiece that I've read it is sometimes recommended to change for another one. If I buy any mouthpiece of a different brand in the future , will it fit and ...
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Clarinet Ligature on Alto Sax?

I bought a semi expensive ligature for my clarinet, and I would like to know if it is a good idea to use it on an Alto Sax. I've tried using a cheap one on my alto sax, and it seemed to work alright (...
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Why do some trombone players put their index finger over the mouthpiece while playing?

I've recently started playing the trombone for fun (read: I'm not taking lessons). I've noticed when watching many trombonists on video and in pictures that they often put their index finger over the ...
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Offset Teeth Placement On Clarinet Mouthpiece

My two front teeth aren't the same height. One of them extends lower than the other by about 2mm. I've noticed recently that my mouthpiece patch on my clarinet mouthpiece shows two marks (from my ...
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Alto Saxophone: spit on sides of mouthpiece?

I have been playing the alto sax for a few years now, and this problem has come up a lot recently. Every time I play a long piece, spit starts foaming on the sides of my mouthpiece, right next to the ...
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Clarinet mouthpiece suggestions for an adult learner

I am looking for a mouthpiece for my B♭ clarinet. I am an adult but have only been playing for a few months. I also play the recorder and have done so for about 5 years, and so I have some confidence ...
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Will bite marks on my clarinet mouthpiece affect my playing?

I'm a student who has been playing the clarinet for about 3 years now. Within that span, I never used a mouthpiece patch until my music teacher recommended it, and I also bite quite hard on my ...
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What is the diameter of a clarinet and bass clarinet mouthpiece?

I'm looking for the diameter of the connection point for both the clarinet and bass clarinet. The part in red below.
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A tenor mouthpiece made to use alto reeds

Around 15 years ago I played in a band with a tenor sax player who had a metal (silver or aluminum finish) mouthpiece but he used alto reeds. This seems strange to me, but I know this to be true ...
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How can you definitively and scientifically test mouthpieces?

How / Can you definitively and accurately test an instruments mouthpiece (brass) and scientifically quantify and express that data beyond just a simple "On a scale of 1-5 how would you..." style ...
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Size of an unmarked mouthpiece (bass trombone)

As a bass trombonist, I am used to playing on a 1 & 1/4th G mouthpiece. Recently, however, I acquired a brand-new instrument, which came with a completely unmarked mouthpiece. The mouthpiece looks ...
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Vintage vs Modern Saxophone Mouthpieces

Believe it or not, there aren't too many resources stressing the differences between vintage and modern saxophone mouthpieces. What makes an old Otto Link from the 1950s justify a $500-1000 price tag? ...
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Single reed mouthpieces: How do Facing Lengths, Tip Openings, and Chamber Sizes affect playing?

When buying a new mouthpiece for a clarinet/saxophone - you're faced with a whole table of information on facing lengths, tip openings and chamber sizes. How do all these specifications relate to how ...