Selecting a Brass Mouthpiece
Renold O. Schilke had a profound influence on the development of brass mouthpiece design and pedagogy in the 20th century. His wisdom and insight have influenced several generations of performers, educators and students while setting the standard for other manufacturers. Today, Schilke Music Products continues to offer the highest level of expertise in assisting musicians when determining what mouthpiece might work best for their playing needs.
It is important to remember that a “quality sound” is a musician’s greatest asset. The instrument acts as an amplifier for the vibration produced within the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is critical in determining the character of the sound, response, and intonation along with consistency of sound quality in all registers and dynamic levels. A mouthpiece is created of several components or variables that greatly influence a player’s sound. These variables include rim contour or rim shape, inner rim diameter or cup diameter, cup shape or cup volume, the throat, the backbore and shank or stem. All of these components play a major role in the final sound production on a brass instrument. General knowledge of these concepts and how they work can only assist the player in selecting equipment that improves their sound.
In addition to several new mouthpiece models from the Schilke custom mouthpiece division, Schilke Music Products continues to offer a unique mix of classic designs that were a result of custom consultation with many notable professional musicians and colleagues of Renold O. Schilke. A labeling system was later developed to reference each mouthpiece while describing the general resistance variables of each model. The Schilke mouthpiece model nomenclature offers information on the following primary mouthpiece characteristics:
Understanding these variables will help a player make an educated, musical choice in selecting a new mouthpiece. Click here to read more about the Schilke Mouthpiece Labeling System >