Choosing A Mouthpiece

The quality and timbre of sound is produced mainly by a combination of the balance of cup, throat bore and backbore.  When selecting a mouthpiece, first try a medium cup with a standard throat bore and backbore matched with a standard rim ID (inner diameter) similar or slightly larger than the one you have been using.  We suggest one of our medium cups to start because they offer a balancing between the high and low registers.  The ID can be adjusted larger or smaller based on the musician's responsiveness to the contour and size.  For the rim selection, we recommend trying the widest ID that responds the best and is the most comfortable.

If your sound is too brilliant and you feel too much resistance, first try a deeper cup or a larger backbore.  If you don't have enough brilliance or resistance, try a shallower cup then a different shape backbore.  The medium sized cups are the ideal size for diversified playing, but if one favors the upper register, the shallower cups should be tried first.  For round, symphonic sound, the deeper cups and larger diameters are to be preferred.  

Our standard rim sizes are the most popular but we also offer our wider NY series rims that add extra support and cushion feel for players that use more pressure.  

All of our combinations have merits and we encourage choosing the one that works best for your individual musical needs.   

-Benjamin Strickland