Beginner trumpet mouthpieces
December 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm #16443
I have a student who walked in with a step-up trumpet and a Purviance 9B mouthpiece last week. I have been doing some investigating but am still confused as to whether or not I should try to get him to invest in a more traditional beginner model mouthpiece like a 7C. According to the comparison charts I found it looks like this model is comparable to a Bach 2.5 mouthpiece. Should I make the family invest in a different one or allow him to continue on it? His tone has never been very strong, and my thought was that this larger cup would make him have even more endurance problems.
I’ll throw it out to the trumpet kings in the forum. What should I do?
Thank you!December 7, 2012 at 9:55 am #16448
Having dealt with this similar issue I would talk with the parents. Explain that that the Purviance 9B is for a trumpet player with a more well developed embouchure and the student could benefit from something like a 7C. A relatively inexpensive 7C can be found online, try ebay. I’d even suggest a used 7C.December 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm #16921
I would definitely push for a 7C for a beginner. Woodwind & Brasswind has the Bach 7C for $48.99 right now with free shipping. You may have a local shop that might could give you a better deal. If you trust eBay or other online auctions like that, go for it.
I really never recommend these, but if they really can’t afford the Bach, you could go with one of those plastic Kelly mouthpieces. They are like $20. I hate the sound of them, but at least they could start to get used to the size.December 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm #17307
A mouthpiece is like a good pair of shoes, If it’s comfortable and does not cause any issues then leave it be. Having said that, a 2.5 is not common. I would try to get a few mouthpieces to have on hand in the band room all the time for these situations. My recommendations would be Bach 7c, 5C, 3C, Dennis Wick 3c and Schillke 13 or 14. Some beginner trumpets are coming with mouthpieces equivalent to a Bach mouthpiece traditionally used for D trumpet. I find these student have a very thin sound and I will usually have them try a 5 or 3c during class. It is usually even noticeable to the other band students how much better their sound is. I think if you have them switch, and I probably would in this case, I would make sure it is worth while for the student and the parents. Have them get a good mouthpiece for them (comfortable fit with a nice easy sound, range and endurance will come with time and practice) that will last a while not just waste the parents money. If a 7c is no better or worse than the 2.5 you,ve wasted time and money and no one will appreciate that.
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