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Saturday, July 27th 2013, 12:16am

Effect of the mouthpiece on the sound

Effect of the mouthpiece on the sound

Basic Information by Engelbert Schmid:

Everyone knows that the mouthpiece can have a decisive effect on the sound.
General trends:
1. The deeper the darker, the shallower the brighter. A Viennese horn played with a mouthpiece meant for a German double horn can sound bright and aggressive. It has to be made darker with the typical deep funnel shaped mouthpiece.
2. The larger the inner rim diameter, the more the sound tends in the direction of a tenor horn or trombone. This is especially noticeable when the diameter is more than 18mm.
It is widely thought that a narrower mouthpiece is less tiring. Although this may be true for certain individuals, I have tried different diameters over longer periods and have not found this to be the case. Trombone players, with their much larger mouthpieces, don’t seem to have less endurance than horn players.

Detailed information about Engelbert Schmid mouthpieces under:
http://www.french-horn.com/schmid/en/mouthpieces.htm