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CKB Acousti-Balance Mouthpieces
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Acousti-Balance Brasswind Mouthpieces
Designed & Crafted by Conn-Selmer, Inc.

CKB Acousti-Balance designers borrowed the best from the past and integrated today’s most advanced acoustical knowledge to develop a mouthpiece with superior tonal properties.

Concave sides from the King mouthpieces of the 1960s, knurled exterior from C.G. Conn mouthpieces of the 1920s and rim/cup sizes from Benge mouthpieces of the 1980s – features from the past combined with the science and technology of the present in one superior design.

Acousti-Balance represents an entirely new concept in mouthpiece weight distribution. CKB mouthpieces are machined by precise computer- controlled equipment with the weight and mass balanced between the cup/throat area and the shank. This strategically balanced system results in a highly responsive mouthpiece that is acoustically efficient and well suited to all styles of performance.

The mass of the CKB mouthpiece is distributed evenly between the rim, cup, throat and shank of the mouthpiece. This weight distribution balances the vibration control of the entire mouthpiece, a feature that is missing from most heavy-weight brass mouthpieces. The result is a mouthpiece that offers superb control and enhances the overall projection of the instrument.

CKB mouthpieces are available from Conn-Selmer, Inc. authorized dealers around the world. To find a dealer near you, just use the dealer locator.
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Review Date: 9/14/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: A great mouthpiece
Cons: none

I was looking for a mouthpiece to match my Conn Vintage-1 trumpet. My tried and true 3C (about 27 years old, and looking it) just didn't seem to suit it. A CKB 1 1/2 C came with the horn, but is a little too big for me now, as I only play casually. I tried a CKB 5C and a Schilke 15C4, and I LOVE the 5C. It has improved my range, intonation, and endurance; it can let me play softly or scream. Highly recommended. These are a little tough to find. I went through Mouthpiece Express.
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Review Date: 9/21/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Outstanding Mouthpiece
Cons: None

I agree with my colleague this is a great mouthpiece secret. I personally bought the 5E. Although it is swallow because of the way the manufacture these they maintain a somewhat dark sound. The low register is nice round and velvety while the upper registry does scream. Also I have noticed that slotting is second to none. I am using mine on a Yamaha 8310Z when ballads require me to go through the whole scale.
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Review Date: 6/23/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great deep sound but lets you go to the upper register easily.
Cons: none

Amazing mouthpeice, warmest sounding mouthpeice I have ever played.
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Review Date: 2/6/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Feel, tone, weight,
Cons: n/a

The CKB pieces are absolutely amazing. I have been playing on a 1 1/2 C for about a year now and there is no looking back. I now play it on a large bore Yamaha Xeno. I am primarily a classical player but I also do big band and small group jazz. One of the best small group jazz players I know also plays on this same piece.
The tone is warm and full. The feel is better than anything else I have played. Notes seem to fall into place better and I don't seem to have to work as hard on centering pitch. I feel like I have better control and flexibility on this piece. I feel like I am only limited by myself and not my equipment on this piece. I will also play on a Curry but it seems to lack this overall comfort to me. I have compared it to a Monette B3 and while I can obviously feel a difference it is the only other mouthpiece I have played where I think they are evenly matched in quality and playability. However we all know the price put on these pieces. The CKB is absolutely affordable and I find nothing left to be desired from one.
I highly recommend this piece to anyone looking for something new. They aren't hugely popular yet but I can't imagine why they wouldn't be before long.
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