- Northern California
Spot on, Jimmymack. So what do you need to make a better choice of your next mouthpiece? Will another number help? Resistance = 1-100?Ok, here’s a shot and I hope I don’t break the internet again. The point was that we all think of the tip we play as a guide to what we look for if we venture into the swamps where new mouthpieces live. If I go into a shop one of the first questions will be what tip opening do you play? So I’m an 8* man because that’s approximately the tip opening I usually play and will judge others against. There are a couple of problems with this, one being, as suggested, that the tip opening is only the beginning, an 8* with a long lay can easily play like a 7* and what that does to the sound is somebody else’s guess ‘cos I don’t know, another is that most of the places I go, on these rare occasions, rarely have a choice of tip openings so I can’t compare to see if it makes a difference and usually come home with nothing, or worse, I come home with something that is useless to me. Descriptions by the makers sometimes give this kind of data but it’s still all subjective in the end. The only way to have any idea is to blow the things, and they don’t have a decent range to choose from. A third problem is that after an hour or so of torturing myself I can’t make a sensible decision, and fourthly the try out rooms are usually terrible and don’t sound like anywhere else I might play.
Sorry this goes off the point a bit.
FWIW, I start with a sound concept, then dial it in with desired level of articulation, balanced by efficiency and response.
Hmmm, none of those have direct correlation to tip opening, baffle, and chamber size…. Or do they?
Over the years I have played, listened, and learned, then had conversations with mouthpiece makers to converge on what works for me. Once sufficiently close, I stop changing mouthpieces and commit to getting everything possible from the one mouthpiece I play. Expensive? Not really, because I own very few mouthpieces - and play only one.
What are you playing? Why do you need something different? If there is something missing, is it due to the mouthpiece or other?
Enjoy the path.