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i need help with trumpet mouthpieces?

iv been playing my trumpet for goin on 7 years. iv learned that instrument from the inside out. i have a 4 octave range( from double pedal C to double C), but for some reason i cant figure out is on every mouth piece of feel either traped or not supported. i currently play on a schilke 14a4a i use this in concerts and other events and i feel just so trappedin side the mouthpiece. i also play on a mellophone mouthpiece called a mello 6 and i dont feel trapped just not supported like i do with the schilke and all my other mouthpieces its the same way either trapped or not supported. is there a site or a manufactor that will let me customize a mouthpiece FULLY and if i dont like the way it is send it back for changes? or is it just me and my mouthpieces are perfectly fine?

b-stro4 years ago
It sounds like you're having difficulty finding the right combination of rim size, cup depth, and backbore. I'd recommend trying several mouthpieces in your size range (borrowed from friends, colleagues ect..), and writing down the measurements of the mouthpieces you like. Once you have a good idea of which component sizes suit you best (Rim Cup Depth and Backbore are the 3 most important), you could contact a custom mouthpiece maker. I've heard good things from my trumpet-playing friends (I play trombone) about Bob Reeves, but there are plenty of other craftsmen who make custom mouthpieces. Some even offer interchangeable parts, which allow for a great deal of flexibility . http://www.bobreeves.com/products/trumpet_mouthpieces.htm
Xhaunter (author)  b-stro4 years ago
thxs for that. Do u know what bob reeves size closest compares to the schilke 14a4a. i hav the back-bore i think ill like the X model but i want the rim and the cup to be the same and im not familiar with bob reeves and thxs for the help.
b-stro Xhaunter4 years ago
I am not personally familiar with Bob Reeves' sizing, but his site states that the number for each rim signifies the inner diameter of the rim in 64ths of an inch. You could also consult one of the many mouthpiece comparison charts found online, like this one. http://www.mouthpieceexpress.com/specshub/comparisons/reeves_idx.html When it comes to cup depth, formal measurement gets a little iffy. Different manufacturers use different methods to measure their depths, so comparing mouthpieces based on their reported depth measurements is difficult. I would search schilke's website to see how they describe the depth of the 14a4a. Most manufacturers use adjectives in addition to measurements to describe their mouthpieces, so you should be able to find a good description of the depth of your mouthpiece, and select a cup of similar depth for your custom mouthpiece. Small differences in depth are not as noticeable as differences in the rim or backbore, so as long as you pick something close, it should feel ok. I would also advise speaking to a professional trumpet player in the genre of music in which you are interested - - the preferred brass mouthpiece style can differ wildly between different kinds of music.
caarntedd4 years ago
Greetings Xhaunter,

I don't know if this will help or not, as I haven't touched a brass instrument for over 30 years, but I seem to remember my friends and I used to fool around with each others instruments , but use our own mouthpieces.
I played a trombone, and I think I used my mouthpiece on a trumpet and a tenorhorn. Do you think this would this make too much difference to the sound? I don't remember. I'm not even sure that the interchanged mouthpieces fitted properly.

What I'm getting at is maybe before you get a custom made piece, you could try standard mouthpieces from other instruments if you have access to them.
I don't know if this idea is helpful or completely ridiculous, as I'm only going by distant (and somewhat hazy) memory, but maybe you haven't thought of this.

Sorry to waste your time if this is a stupid idea, on the other hand it could save alot of time and money. 
Xhaunter (author)  caarntedd4 years ago
thxs for ur help. it wasnt a wast of my time. its your opion and i believe everybodies right in there own way. ill try different instrument mouthpieces. it might help and it might not.
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