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Mary Galime

Mary Galime is the Director of US/Canada Marketing for Denis Wick Products. In her free time, Mary is a freelance trumpet player, teaches private lessons, and enjoys time with her family and gardening.

Heritage and HeavyTop Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece trials can be a dangerous sport! While we don’t suggest wearing a helmet, there are some steps you can take that will protect the sensitive area of your lips and muscles from damage. Follow the steps below and you should be able to walk out of your trial session unscathed and hopefully with a new mouthpiece!

Are you a musician? Your New Year's resolution might include practice disciplines, range goals, technique goals, career goals, etc. Resolution planning can be tricky; too easy and you feel like you cheated, too lofty and half-way through the year you feel like a failure. If only there was one thing that you could resolve to do that would keep you busy the whole year while improving everything. And there is!

A manufacturer's website is probably one of your first visits when you search for a new mouthpiece. You want to know how they are made, the mouthpiece specifications, and what those specifications will do for you. Though it is not with the intent to mislead or harm you, most manufacturers will not include these 3 facts about their provided information that can impact your choice.

1. Diameter, depth, throat, and rim width measurements are not universal between brands

Think of your brass instrument mouthpiece rim. Is it totally flat? No! There is some curve to it, some contour. The measurement you are seeing is gained from specific curve points on the mouthpiece. No two manufactures are measuring from the same points on the curve so comparing these data points between brands is not a science. rather it is a place to start. Solution? When you research your next mouthpiece, start with the measurement you are looking for and try a range of 2-3 mouthpieces. You will have a greater chance of success in finding the diameter you are looking for.


2. CNC Machining does not equate to consistent manufacturing.