• MOUTHPIECE UPGRADES 

     
    A student mouthpiece is designed to make it easy to produce a characteristic sound. I recommend that every student start on a very good student mouthpiece: 7C on trumpet and a 12C on trombone, Yamaha 4C on both clarinet and saxophone. Sometimes a woodwind instrument will come with a "no name" mouthpiece...they have no markings and often have uneven rails and tips. These "no name" mouthpieces are difficult to play, take a lot of air and produce a stuffy sound. They are frustrating mouthpieces for a younger player to control. I suggest picking up a student Yamaha mouthpiece the next time you buy a box of reeds. Yamaha's student mouthpieces are well made, easy to play and cost less then a box of reeds. Your child musician will be relieved at the next band rehearsal!
     
    An advancing student in 7th grade may find it easier to produce a bigger tone with a wider range of dynamics on an upgraded mouthpiece. A new mouthpiece will have a much bigger impact to the sound than a new instrument will (assuming the instrument is in good condition and is a reputable brand). This is why there are so many mouthpiece options out there for each instrument. I simplified things by listing my top choices for the advancing middle school student. These mouthpieces are industry standard, professional level mouthpieces and can last a lifetime.  

    I or a private lesson teacher can provide you with one of these mouthpieces for you to try. We will guide you in the process of upgrading.  

     
    *Prices are approximate
     

    TRUMPET

    ____Bach 5C  $50.00

    TROMBONE / BARITONE

    ____Bach 6 ½ AL (small shank) $65.00  

    LARGE BORE TROMBONE / BASS TROMBONE

    ____Bach 5G  $108.00

    FRENCH HORN

    ____Bach 11   $45

    ____Holton Farkas MC   $49.00

    TUBA

    ____Bach Tuba/Sousaphone Mouthpiece 24AW  $80.00

    ____Conn Helleberg 7B Series Tuba Mouthpiece   $71.00

    CLARINET

    ____Hite Premiere  $22.95

    ____Vandoren M15 (series 13, Profile 88)  $104.00 (District band, Concert, Solo, and Contest mouthpiece)

    ALTO SAXOPHONE

    ____Hite Premiere  $26.95 

    ____Meyer 5 Medium or Meyer 6 Medium  $104.95 (A characteristic Jazz Sound)

    TENOR SAXOPHONE

    ____Hite Premiere   $31.95

    ____Vandoren V16 T6 medium Ebonite Mouthpiece  $134.99 (A characteristic Jazz Sound)

    BARITONE SAXOPHONE

    ____YAMAHA 5C Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece  $40.00

    ____Vandoren V16 Ebonite B5  $265.00 (A characteristic Jazz Sound)

    SNARE DRUM

    ___Vic Firth SD1 General Drumsticks  $9.95