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  1. Cracking notes!!!

    Hello. I have a Bach Strat 72 bell, 43 pipe, ML 198757 (1980) and mouthpieces I use are Bob Reeves S692s (with #3 sleeve) with a Bach 3C rim, Bach 1 1/2C cup with the same Bach 3C rim, and Curry 40M. I alternate between these mouthpieces as I go nuts! If I use the Bob Reeves I crack easily as I tend to overblow. When I use the Bach 1 1/2C my tone is beautiful and I rarely crack notes, however my lip is not so happy when playing for a long period. And when I use the Curry my tone is ok and I dont crack near as many notes as the Reeves.

    My question is what might be a good mouthpiece that I can use to help my situation takeing into consideration that I do have a habit of overblowing. I play in a Symphonic Band and also a Jazz Band. Would like to be able to use one mouthpiece for both. For both bands assume that I am always on Lead.

    Thank You Very Much,
    Bryon Wirth
    www.desertwindsfb.org

  2. Add to Cracking!........

    Forgot to ask if I should consider going to a new horn? Had this one since 1981 and have tried others and still preferr this one. But I open to change!

    Thank You Again!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
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    Vancouver, BC Canada
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    Using a mouthpiece with less cup volume may make you more prone to crack notes. You might try adding mass to your setup. You could try some sort of "tone intensifier" that attaches to the mouthpiece shank. There are several makes of these. You could also go to a heavier mouthpiece or heavy backbore. Some players find that adding one or more heavy valve caps, starting with the bottom of the 3rd valve helps.

    Another approach is to make sure you are hitting the middle of the slot. Being high on the slot can make smaller mouthpieces more prone to cracking. A neat little devise called a Buzz Clip is a great way to learn how to center notes better, which can reduce cracked notes. http://thebuzzclip.com/

    Cheers,
    Dave
    www.wedgemouthpiece.com
    http://www.facebook.com/WedgeMouthpiece

  4. Thank you Dr Dave! I know its going to take some work. I think I may try a 3C Bach instead of the 1 1/2C.
    I will keep you posted.

  5. #5
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    The other thing that can help with cracked notes is practicing with a Buzz Clip. I use one and it helps. http://thebuzzclip.com

    They are very inexpensive and effective at helping to center notes, which will reduce cracking.

    Cheers,
    Dave
    www.wedgemouthpiece.com
    http://www.facebook.com/WedgeMouthpiece

  6. try a new mp

    There is a great brand out there called GR or Gary Radke. Please consider it although it is very pricey

    Trumpets:
    B&S Challenger II


 

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