Historical trumpet mouthpieces
Our historical trumpet mouthpieces range from the Renaissance to the Romantic period, thus depicting the entire variety of historical instruments.. We offer series that have been varied in terms of edge shape, rim diameter and cup depth, but also shaft length and contour of the backbore, so that everyone can find the right mouthpiece for them. On the other hand, we also offer exact copies of mouthpieces used in historic times, which were used on the instruments of the respective period, such as: natural trumpets without ventholes, keyed or invention trumpets.
Due to their dark, fine and very colourful tone, these mouthpieces are very suitable for the 3-hole short trumpet and the 4-hole long trumpet.
Most of these mouthpieces are available with both a flat and a round rim, so that beginners, or musicians, who often switch between modern and historical trumpets, can find something suitable.
The mouthpieces of the Salzburg series are based on an original, which is located in the Salzburg Museum Carolino Augusteum. At the suggestion of Dr. Edward H. Tarr, it was copied and in collaboration with him most of the other models in this series were developed.
With their bright, brilliant sound and large bending range, these mouthpieces are excellently suited for playing on holeless long trumpets. Despite its large cup diameters, the high register is well supported.
This series of mouthpieces refers to an original, which is located in the London Museum on a trumpet by William Bull (active c. 1671 – 1712). It was surveyed by Eric Halfpenny, and, under the drawing and description “G” in his publication in “The Galpin Society Journal XX (March 1967)”, he calls it “William Bull No. 2, brass”.
According to recent findings, the mouthpiece probably comes from this period (presumption Jean-François Madeuf), but it could be from another manufacturer. Since historical mouthpieces are rarely signed and the situation is unclear, we stick to the usual method of naming the mouthpiece after the instrument on which it is placed. The BL models were developed in close collaboration with Jean-François Madeuf.
The SI mouthpieces are slightly brighter and more brilliant in sound than the Salzburg mouthpieces. They have a flexible response and therefore support the modulation of the tone very well.
This series is based on the Salzburg models (S-series) and was created in collaboration with Friedemann Immer according to his ideas. He says: “My experience has shown that with such a mouthpiece, playing in any position is improved, both in extremely low range (G and C, 2nd and 3rd natural tone) as well as in the extremely high register (up to e”’ and above, 20th natural tone). A wide dynamic bandwidth from pp to ff is also possible.”
The OPT mouthpieces are extra short. Their bore diameters have been mathematically optimized. They have a precise, fast and flexible approach, very similar to the modern trumpet. Therefore, a quick and easy change to the modern trumpet is possible while retaining the historical sound.
The mouthpieces of the ST series produce a bright sound and are well suited for both the 3-hole and the 4-hole trumpets. They are particularly recommended to trumpeters who use a similar size on their modern trumpet and who are looking for a mouthpiece that comes close to a modern mouthpiece in terms of rim shape and cup depth. This makes it easier to switch from the valve trumpet to the baroque trumpet.
This series refers to an English mouthpiece from around 1800, probably by Pace, owned by Dr. Edward H. Tarr (ex Joseph Wheeler, London). The corpus of the original mouthpiece is made of brass and has a silver rim soldered onto it, which can be found in many historical mouthpieces from England. Tarr played on the original mouthpiece in 1980-82, but gave it up in favor of an Egger copy because the deep cup of the original made it very strenuous to play in the high register, especially in D major. To make up for this, we make our copies with a shallower cup. The rim shape of the original mouthpiece is slightly rounded and similar to a modern rim. Its inner diameter is similar to that of a Vincent Bach 1 1/2 C.
All MZ models show a pronounced centeri and guidance of the tones in the middle register. With their bright, brilliant sound and large bending range these mouthpieces are excellently suited for playing on holeless long trumpets.
This series of mouthpieces was developed at the suggestion of Jean-François Madeuf and in collaboration with him, as well as with Julian Zimmermann. The Bull models served as the basis for the concept of these mouthpieces, which are modelled on the measurments of historic mouthpieces. They are intended as a supplement to the Bull series and are only available with a flat rim.
The R-Series contains two Renaissance mouthpiece types, the mouthpieces RES, REM, REB and the mouthpieces RB-1 (20, respectively 24 mm).
The mouthpieces RES, REM, REB are inspired by various originals of the Renaissance, among others by Anton Schnitzer. They are very short and do not have an integrated backbore. They play nicely throughout the range and especially well in the low principal parts and they fit very well with the Renaissance natural trumpet after Michael Nagel.
The mouthpieces RB-1 are based on an original by Guitbert. We make this true to the original from sheet metal. For musicians who are used to larger mouthpieces this is also available in a version with an inner diameter of 24 mm. We recommend this mouthpiece for the Renaissance slide trumpet.
Early Classical Trumpet Mouthpiece after Ernst Johann Conrad Haas
The original for this copy was provided to us at the suggestion of Friedemann Immer and Jaroslav Roucek by Martin Schmid of Spaeth/Schmid Blechbläsernoten. It is by Ernst Johann Conrad Haas (instrument maker from 1748 to 1792), the son of Johann Wilhelm Haas, and thus an early classical mouthpiece, which also includes baroque elements, such as the bulbous cup shape. Due to the amazingly large bore, this mouthpiece plays like a large mouthpiece, although the cup volume is rather small. Friedemann Immer says he has never played a mouthpiece that has such a large throat and yet responds so well in the high register. It is well suited for all kinds of long and invention trumpets.
Classical trumpet mouthpieces after Michael Saurle
The copies of these mouthpieces are made after originals by Michael Saurle (1801-1862) in Munich. We copied them on the initiative of Jean-François Madeuf and his students at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Both have a V-shaped cup, which gives them a tendency to a mellow tone. The original of the KSE-4 is located in the museum in Edinbourgh (Edinburgh University Collection). It is well suited for high trumpet (1st parts). The original of the KSB-4 is located in the Music Museum in Basel. It is particularly suitable for low trumpet parts (2nd parts). The mouthpiece KSE-6 was reduced in size by Egger. All KS mouthpieces are suitable for all types of classical trumpets.
Classical trumpet mouthpiece after Carl Benjamin Flemming
The request for copies of this mouthpiece by Carl Benjamin Flemming, 1792, from Dresden, came from Ute Hartwich and Henry Moderlak. The original is owned by the Evangelical parish of Grosshartmannsdorf near Freiberg in Saxony/Germany. It has a big, bright sound, a fast reponse, is very flexible and works very well in the high register. We recommend it for long form trumpets and invention trumpets.
Romantic trumpet mouthpiece after Antoine Courtois
As part of our Courtois low-F piston/invention trumpet project, we came across this mouthpiece by Antoine Courtois, circa 1860 in Paris. It is from the collection of Bruno Kampmann from Paris. With its large full tone and flexibility, it fits all romantic French trumpets and is well suited for both high and low registers.
Mouthpiece for rotary low-F trumpet
The TF is a mouthpiece with a very deep, V-shaped cup and is designed for large-volume low rotary valve trumpet. Thus it is appropriate for low-F trumpets and it is also especially well suited for our rotary valve trumpet after Václav František Červený, Königgrätz 1878.