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Mouthpiece Meditations, Part 2

Table of Mouthpiece Elements and Characteristics

ElementChangeBenefitProblems
Inner Diameter smaller high register easier to reach, better fit for smaller embouchure tendency to play sharp, thinner, with a more brittle tone, and lack of endurance
larger low register easier to reach, better fit for larger embouchure tendency to play flat, darker, with a fuzzy tone, and lack of endurance
Rim Thickness thicker more endurance, better for thin lips less response and flexibility
thinner better response, more definite placement, better for thick lips less endurance
Rim Contour flatter more endurance, more stability less response and flexibility
rounder better response, more definite placement less endurance
Crown higher better response, more definite placement less endurance
lower more endurance less response
Rim Bite sharper better response less endurance
rounder more endurance less response
Cup shallower high register easier to reach, better fit for smaller embouchures thinner, brighter tone
deeper low register easier to reach, better fit for larger embouchures, bigger, darker sound darker, fuzzy tone
"C" bigger, darker sound with more warmth more resistance, larger volume of air to control
"V" brighter sound, more projection less resistance, thinner sound
Throat larger less resistance, darker sound high register harder to attain, fuzzy sound
smaller brighter sound, more projection more resistance, thinner sound
Bore larger less resistance, darker sound high register harder to attain, fuzzy sound
smaller more resistance, brighter sound stuffy, thinner sound
Backbore larger less resistance, darker sound high register harder to attain, fuzzy sound
smaller more resistance, brighter sound stuffy, thinner sound
Mass less increased projection, response, comfort thinner sound
more intensify, darken, and stabilize tone decrease projection and response

 

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