We sent two different trumpet mouthpieces to the popular mouthpieceonline.com for them to be put through their paces.
This is what Stephen Wick has to say about them:
“The Alliance trumpet mouthpieces are designed with bodies considerably heavier than the standard Bach shape. This is to create a mouthpiece which delivers a powerful sound and can project well. The mass is carefully distributed to achieve this effect without losing responsiveness.
Some mouthpieces with extremely heavy bodies can feel very ‘dead’ and lacking in response. The idea behind the Alliance mouthpieces, is to have just the right weight for the power and projection needed, but still be responsive enough to be enjoyable to play. The cups, bores and backbores are carefully designed to create harmonious blend and optimal performance.
The rims are designed to be super comfortable – round enough to be very easy to play but with a gentle curve which is enough to spread the pressure evenly. The mouthpieces are machined using specialist tooling so that minimal polishing is needed before plating.
This ensures the exact contours of the rim are preserved and not altered at all in the polishing process. The taper of the shank is carefully checked so that optimum ‘gap’ is achieved, giving a mouthpiece with a resonant sound immediately noticeable to the player.”
In this play-testing review, they chose to go in blind without knowing anything of the specifications of the two mouthpieces.
One mouthpiece was described as being ‘reminiscent of a Bach 11⁄2C in feel’ and ‘suitable for classical all-rounders’. The other was described as having ‘a classic 7C feel’ and ‘a nice character to this mouthpiece’. Which ones do you think they reviewed and do you agree?
You can read what their thoughts were by visiting their review on their website here!
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