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Sparx Mouthpieces
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Sparx Cornet Mouthpieces: there are three different series to choose from and each mouthpiece is computer-balanced to achieve a full rich solid core of sound.
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Review Date: 3/1/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $110.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: version for every aspect of cornet performance
Cons: none

Most cornet mouthpieces available are really cut down copies of trumpet mouthpieces or they are throw in designs to complete a company line of product. There may be one "name" version after a sponsoring player but generaly there is no consistant approach. Sparx Cornet Mouthpieces are as far as I am aware the first line to have been specifically designed to meet the playing needs for particular styles of cornet performance. Other makers have varieties of cup depths and backbores all in a uncoordinated and confusing array. In contrast these have been designed to match playing situations in the real world. The plain numbers (2, 3 4) are designed to meet the needs of the British Brass BAnd player. The B cups are for solists who need a more brilliant projecting sound and a double F now and then. The C series will be for those needing a cornet in orchestral performance and for Eb cornet use.
The key advantage to the trumpeter who plays some cornet is that the rim is similar in feel to trumpet mouthpieces in common use unlike some others.

They are the best in tune of any I have used and in particular the 4C is outstanding as a Eb cornet mouthpiece.

The scale and sound is even form bottom to top.
The sound does not have the fuzzy edges that can or brittle harshness the an unbalanced design can have.

The rim has great comfort and extends endurance past what I have had before.

Manufacturing quality by Radke is as good as it gets with consistancy from sample to sample.
Beauutiful fit and finish

Each version is well suited to its designg target.
My 18 year serch for a cornet mouthpiece I like is over.

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Review Date: 8/23/2004 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $135.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: responds well
Cons: sounds thin and out of tune up high

The rim does not have enough bite for most players and the intonation can be tricky. It must work for some players though I think its well overpriced.
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Review Date: 5/16/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $170.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Technically great
Cons: needs the right cornet

I rate the Sparx mouthpieces 10 for value even though I've sold mine because before this there was junk for cornet players in the shops. I got another one with a rounder rim on it from GR - now that sounds slightly brighter and lighter BUT is just so good to play in a Kanstul cornet I can't justify not giving Ted 10 points - the more you play it, the better it gets.

Make sure your cornet likes having an american long shank mouthpiece in it and it'll turbo charge the horn. On bad horns it can highlight the defects of that instrument.
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Review Date: 8/31/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $125.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Feel, response, quailty of tone
Cons: NONE!

This mouthpiece works great with my Sov 928. Sound is bigger with LESS effort (figure that one out) I've gained on my upper register. Bye-bye Bach mouthpieces. Excellent product Ted!!
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Review Date: 9/5/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great tuning, projection, comfort
Cons: None

Sparx 4C in a GR43 adaptor in the trumpet - works very nicely. Also plays better than my Bach 5C in the Bb cornet, even though the 5C feels a wider diameter. 4DV plays OK but seems lots of work on a large bore cornet, was ok in a ML bore though. Changing down to the plain 4 model. Most noticeable is the superb articulation even with the flat, wider rim and it's slightly soft bite.
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