I have been messing around the mouthpieces recently. I was never a "mouthpiece" guy before and for the longest time, I was playing the Bach 61/2 AL that I was given in Grade 5. Someone said I was working too hard, since I was playing a lot of principle and lead trombone, and I switched to a Bach 11C and that worked well for a time, especially with my King 3B horn. Although, when I bought my Courtois Xtreme horn, I found that I blew out the sound too easily, so I used the Courtois 6 1/2 MP mouthpiece that came with it. A nice dark sound, but again, I was working too hard. So, now I am trying out the Yamaha Al Kay mouthpiece and from what I can see, it seems very close to a Yamaha 12C mouthpiece. Nice sound all around the range and some assistance in the upper register. I can not "bark it" out just yet in the lower range but I think that will come in time. I think with any mouthpiece there is some transition time. Coming back to the title, I think we need to be more like trumpet players and try a bunch of mouthpieces, as it really changes how you play the horn. Too often as trombone players, we stick with one mouthpiece (the one we were originally given) and we have no idea how another one might benefit us. So be more like a trumpet player and try a new mouthpiece today!
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.