How do I choose a French horn mouthpiece?

How do I choose a French horn mouthpiece?

In general, Kruspe horns work better with deeper, more V-shaped mouthpiece cups with bore sizes in the 1 – 10 range, while Geyer horns work better with shallower, bowl-shaped mouthpiece cups with bore sizes in the 12-16 range. Remember, these are generalities, but they are good places to start.

How do I choose a mouthpiece?

Clarify your ideal tone for your music, and narrow down the choice of rim size and cup depth. Clarifying your ideal tone is the first thing you have to do for selecting a mouthpiece. Generally, the larger mouthpiece is often played for lower registers, and the smaller mouthpiece is played for the higher registers.

Is the wedge mouthpiece any good?

By using a Wedge mouthpiece many players find not only is it more comfortable than a traditional mouthpiece but also they experience an increase in range and lip strength.

Can you use a French horn mouthpiece on a mellophone?

This adapter allows a standard French horn mouthpiece to fit into marching mellophone. Modern mellophones use a standard trumpet shank. Will accommodate most brands including King, Yamaha, Blessing, Bach and others.

What are the different trumpet mouthpiece sizes?


  • 1C – Medium – 17.00 mm – Medium wide – Large diameter, medium cup – good for all-around use.
  • 11/2C – Medium – 17.00 mm – Medium wide – Large diameter, medium cup – good for all-around use.
  • 3C – Medium – 16.30 mm – Medium wide – Fairly large cup, good for all-around use.

Is a French horn mouthpiece the same as a trumpet?

They Have Different Mouthpieces Horn mouthpieces have a deep funnel shape, whereas trumpet mouthpieces have a shallower cup shape. In fact, the mouthpiece of a French horn is smaller than a trumpet, making it the smallest of all brass instruments.

What does a 3C mouthpiece do?

The Bach 3c mouthpiece has a slightly bigger cup than the 7c. The cup is the part that touches your lips and a bigger cup makes it easier to control the tone, but it also makes it more difficult to hit the high-pitched notes.

What kind of mouthpiece did Miles Davis use?

Heim mouthpieces
Heim mouthpieces In the mid 50s, Miles Davis (probably one of the only jazz trumpeters we haven’t seen use a Bach!) moved onto his Heim mouthpiece. It had a narrow rim with a deep V cup that helped him create the super dark trumpet sound he’s known for.

What does a mouthpiece booster do?

A booster converts a Classic mouthpiece to a HeavyTop by adding extra mass which fits snugly around the existing mouthpiece. The booster’s extra weight helps to transfer more energy through the horn and to the bell, resulting in a more powerful sound, more secure high register playing and more focused tone.

Are mellophone and French horn the same?

Key Differences Between The Two Instruments. A marching French horn is in the Bb key and measures the same length as the Bb double horn. While a mellophone is in the F key and measures half the length of a double horn, it only uses trumpet fingerings. Its lead pipe accepts flugelhorn or trumpet mouthpieces.

Are mellophone and trumpet mouthpieces the same?

The mellophone uses the same mouthpiece as the alto (tenor) horn, which is in between the size of a trombone and trumpet mouthpiece. This mouthpiece usually has a deep cup, like that of the flugelhorn, and has a wider inner diameter than a trumpet mouthpiece. These mouthpieces give the mellophone a dark, round sound.

What is the difference between American horn and European horn mouthpieces?

Mouthpieces made in America are designed to fit a horn leadpipe with a Morse-0 taper (all American horns), but European horns (and mouthpieces) are built with a slightly different taper.

Do heavy mouthpieces make a difference?

Heavyweight mouthpieces (or stem weights for normal-weight mouthpieces) can have a dramatic impact on the way a mouthpiece responds. They are not universally good or bad, and indeed depend on the combination of the player, horn, and mouthpiece.

What are the different shapes of mouthpieces?

A V-shaped cup is fairly self-explanatory, as is a U-shape (also described as a cup-shaped), while a bowl shape is a U-shape with a more gradual curve. Concave, convex, and straight usually refer to the sides of the mouthpiece, as the cup transitions into the bore.

What is a defined high point on a mouthpiece?

A defined high point means that the mouthpiece will often feel a little thinner (since the lips will come in contact with the highest point first) than a round or flat contour, even if the rim thickness is the same or greater.