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Plastic One Piece Trumpet Mouthpiece

USD $100.00
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SKU:
TPT-OP-PL
Availability:
The blanks we use to make these mouthpieces are currently on back order, so any that we do not have in stock will be delayed until sometime in November.

Some rim size and cup combinations are not available because they are not conventional. For example, a .620 rim with a deep cup is not practical for most players, neither is a .680 rim with an extra-shallow cup. Please contact us if the mouthpiece you would like to order is not available.

Material - Our plastic one piece trumpet mouthpieces are made from black Delrin plastic. Here are some of it's characteristics:

  • Feels softer on the chops because it has more give than metal. This is a great advantage for players with braces.
  • Not as slippery as silver, giving more grip.
  • Added grip makes Delrin mouthpieces feel smaller than their metal counterparts with the same size designation.
  • Not as smooth as metal, so some players may feel slight chop irritation for the first day or two while they adjust.
  • More comfortable to play in cold weather because they feel warm on the chops.
  • Plastic mouthpieces are more responsive than brass, making soft entries more secure.
  • Articulation less crisp with less point at the front of the note compared to brass.
  • Darker sound than brass.
  • Less core in the sound compared to brass

Cup Depths

We offer a full line of cup depths form extra shallow to deep, as well as cups for rotary trumpet.

ES Cup

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  • Similar in depth to a Schilke 6A4A or 13A4A cup.
  • Provides maximum brilliance, projection, and slotting in extreme upper register playing.
  • Most suitable for playing lead.
  • Better sounding low register than any comparable extra shallow cup.
  • Works best with Gen 2 rim 66 or smaller (.660 inches or less).  

 LV (Lead V) Cup

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  • Double cup design with a shallow upper cup and a second deeper XV cup.
  • The oval shape of the Wedge rim extends through the shallow cup and into the second cup all the way to the throat.
  • Low alpha angle to prevent bottoming out and a cup volume similar to the Gen 2 S cup.
  • Upper register performance of the ESXV is very similar to the Wedge S cup.
  • More open blow, similar to what players would experience with a larger #25 throat.
  • Bigger, broader middle and low register than the S cup, with no loss in upper register performance. 

S Cup

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  • Similar to a Schilke 14A4A cup.
  • Excellent projection, slightly less support in upper register than the ES cup.
  • Less prone to bottoming out than the ES cup.
  • Most popular choice for lead when a solid mid to low register is also desired, marching band.
  • Works well to piccolo trumpet when players prefer a brighter sound with more projection.
  • Works best with Gen 2 66 or smaller rim (.660 or less). 

M Cup

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  • Versatile medium cup for jazz, concert band, pit, and pops, marching when a lead mouthpiece not needed.
  • Works well for piccolo trumpet.
  • Good balance between upper register support and a balanced sound with solid low register.
  • Works best with Gen 2 67 or smaller rim (.670 inches or less).

MV Cup

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  • Intermediate between M and MD cup.
  • Modified V shape at bottom of cup leading into throat.
  • Slightly darker sound than M cup.
  • Better upper register support and more projection than MD cup.
  • Similar in depth to Bach 3C cup. 

MD Cup

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  • Excellent all round bowl shaped cup for concert band, orchestral, chamber, and other playing requiring a dark sound.
  • Excellent balance between upper and lower register.
  • Good choice for C trumpet when a little extra brilliance is required, or for orchestral players wanting to add some sparkle to their sound.
  • Works well on all rim sizes, but most popular with rims 65 (.650) and larger.
  • Comparable to many C cups. 

MDV Cup

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  • Similar to MD cup with a slightly modified V shape at the bottom of the cup meeting to the throat.
  • Slightly darker sound and smoother transitions from note to note.
  • Excellent choice for an orchestral mouthpiece when a slightly darker sound is desired or for players with a naturally bright sound.
  • Our most popular cup for orchestral players.
  • Works well on all rim sizes, but most popular with rims 65 (.650) and larger. 

D Cup

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  • Deep cup suitable for players who like an extra dark sound.
  • Similar to a Bach B cup.
  • Popular with players using large cup volume Schilke or similar mouthpieces.
  • Huge sound and low register.
  • Obvious trade off is less upper register support. 

RT Cup

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  • Well-balanced V shaped cup for Rotary trumpet.
  • Very efficient despite the deep V shape the cup.
  • Produces a well-balanced, rich sound on Rotary trumpet with ample brilliance at loud dynamics.
  • Also works extremely well for orchestral or jazz players looking for a darker sound and very smooth transitions from note to note.

Tone Modifier

Wedge tone modifiers are designed to work with Wedge mouthpieces, and are not compatible with other brands.

The tone modifier for Wedge mouthpieces is a brass collar that slips over the base of the mouthpiece just below the cup and locks on with a small nylon tipped set screw. The collar makes plastic mouthpieces sound brighter and adds core to the sound while maintaining the feel of the plastic rim and the extreme responsiveness of plastic to soft articulation. It also makes attacks more secure, and improves stability and slotting significantly. For a darker sound you can just slip off the collar.

Tone modifiers can also be added to brass mouthpieces in order to add core and stability to the sound, and to reduce brighter overtones.

5/64th hex key included. Finish options are brushed raw brass or brushed silver plate.

 

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