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Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:18 pm

Is there anywhere in NI you can try a few mouthpieces before you buy them? I know there are places over in GB like Phil Parker Ltd in London....but its a tad far to travel to. Looking to change my sop mouthpiece and have a few I'd like to try. Matchetts don't stock sop mouthpieces, so would have to order them in
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby paulmac » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:24 pm

Funny are sop player is looking a new mouthpiece :oops:
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Postby paulmac » Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:01 pm

here's a better pic, did you get in contact with mark
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:52 pm

paulmac wrote:here's a better pic, did you get in contact with mark


Yeah, he has no spare one's and isn't willing to let others try his, which is his choice which I respect. Matchetts only deal with Vincent Bach's, but do not have an option to try and return if not satisfied. So options available are to try and find an online retailer which allowsyou to buy and return if not satisfied or just take a chance and order one through Matchetts

Oh, and ain't that the same pic lol? Bit to bright for my liking :D
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby brodison99 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:24 pm

My son has a SPARX 4E and plays a bit of sop in his junior bands (Ballyduff & 3rd Carrick) but would be willing to let you try it sometime as he concentrates on Bb at present. I do know that they are pretty expensive new ( £150 + I'm told). He found it much better than a Denis Wicks and also an original B&H. Zoe and him are at school together and she could contact him. Alternatively if your going to be @Foden's concerts in Armagh on Thursday or Saturday let me know and I'll bring it along.

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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:26 am

brodison99 wrote:My son has a SPARX 4E and plays a bit of sop in his junior bands (Ballyduff & 3rd Carrick) but would be willing to let you try it sometime as he concentrates on Bb at present. I do know that they are pretty expensive new ( £150 + I'm told). He found it much better than a Denis Wicks and also an original B&H. Zoe and him are at school together and she could contact him. Alternatively if your going to be @Foden's concerts in Armagh on Thursday or Saturday let me know and I'll bring it along.


Unfortunately I won't be able to make Foden's :(

Can you get him to pass it to Zoe if that's ok and I'll try it tonight. Alternatively I can collect it this evening before rehearsal if you PM me your number
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby paulmac » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:17 am

sparx 4e
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:25 am

paulmac wrote:sparx 4e


lets try it first lol. May still swing for VB 7e. Paul, where's your old mouthpiece?
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby paulmac » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:15 pm

the vb 4e was left the schilke sop i was playingbat that time when i left, is ity a schilke you
are playing??

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Hi Alex! I played Sop for about 5 years on a schilke cornet. I tried a few different mouthpieces here and there ( Bach 7E, 3C, 1 1/4C, Sparx 3C) but ended up using a schilke 16A4X for all of my Sop playing. The combination of a wide inner rim diameter, shallow cup and the "X" backbore ( which supposedly gives you extra leeway to adapt to the Sop's inherent intonation quirks) really worked well for me.
I found it a really easy blow that while shallow, my tone/sound didn't suffer. ( playing along with the "Brassed Off" soundtrack really helped give me the British sound on it) The 16A4X also let me soar above the band when needed, while still letting those pearly soft little entries pop out easily.
this was on a forum for soprano cornet players
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:13 pm

paulmac wrote:the vb 4e was left the schilke sop i was playingbat that time when i left, is ity a schilke you
are playing??

Re: mouthpiece help soprano cornet
Hi Alex! I played Sop for about 5 years on a schilke cornet. I tried a few different mouthpieces here and there ( Bach 7E, 3C, 1 1/4C, Sparx 3C) but ended up using a schilke 16A4X for all of my Sop playing. The combination of a wide inner rim diameter, shallow cup and the "X" backbore ( which supposedly gives you extra leeway to adapt to the Sop's inherent intonation quirks) really worked well for me.
I found it a really easy blow that while shallow, my tone/sound didn't suffer. ( playing along with the "Brassed Off" soundtrack really helped give me the British sound on it) The 16A4X also let me soar above the band when needed, while still letting those pearly soft little entries pop out easily.
this was on a forum for soprano cornet players


Must be in the band hall somewhere then. I'll look this evening

Was looking online about the Schilke 16A4X, it doesn't look like Schilke do that range any more lol. Oh well, I'll try looking for the VB4e and try out the Sparx
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby brodison99 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:35 pm

IrishGuyRick wrote:
brodison99 wrote:My son has a SPARX 4E and plays a bit of sop in his junior bands (Ballyduff & 3rd Carrick) but would be willing to let you try it sometime as he concentrates on Bb at present. I do know that they are pretty expensive new ( £150 + I'm told). He found it much better than a Denis Wicks and also an original B&H. Zoe and him are at school together and she could contact him. Alternatively if your going to be @Foden's concerts in Armagh on Thursday or Saturday let me know and I'll bring it along.


Unfortunately I won't be able to make Foden's :(

Can you get him to pass it to Zoe if that's ok and I'll try it tonight. Alternatively I can collect it this evening before rehearsal if you PM me your number
Will get Sam to pass it on to Robin Clinton (Zoe not @ Foden's either). Cheers, Nigel.

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Postby paulmac » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:14 pm

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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby kirky » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:37 pm

how'd the sparx go?
I know some of their cornet ones are pretty good...
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:00 pm

kirky wrote:how'd the sparx go?
I know some of their cornet ones are pretty good...


Tbh, atm I'm loving it. I'm finding it easier to reach the higher notes and the top notes are more in tune. I'm also able to get more volume. Definitely won't be going back to a Denis Wick S

Now I'm just waiting for Robin to find the VB 10.5 he has so I can try it.

@ Nigel - What's the odds on me buying the SPARX 4E off Sam?
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:33 pm

paulmac wrote:sparx 4e getting tried out


I've seen worse pics. At least you can't see my bald spot!!
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby brodison99 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:01 am

IrishGuyRick wrote:
kirky wrote:how'd the sparx go?
I know some of their cornet ones are pretty good...


Tbh, atm I'm loving it. I'm finding it easier to reach the higher notes and the top notes are more in tune. I'm also able to get more volume. Definitely won't be going back to a Denis Wick S

Now I'm just waiting for Robin to find the VB 10.5 he has so I can try it.

@ Nigel - What's the odds on me buying the SPARX 4E off Sam?

Sorry Sam still plays sop for Ballyduff & 3rd Carrick juniors and wouldn't part with it! But glad you like it! Cheers, Nigel.

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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:09 am

brodison99 wrote:
IrishGuyRick wrote:
kirky wrote:how'd the sparx go?
I know some of their cornet ones are pretty good...


Tbh, atm I'm loving it. I'm finding it easier to reach the higher notes and the top notes are more in tune. I'm also able to get more volume. Definitely won't be going back to a Denis Wick S

Now I'm just waiting for Robin to find the VB 10.5 he has so I can try it.

@ Nigel - What's the odds on me buying the SPARX 4E off Sam?

Sorry Sam still plays sop for Ballyduff & 3rd Carrick juniors and wouldn't part with it! But glad you like it! Cheers, Nigel.


No probs, I've ordered a VB10.5. Do you mind if I hold on to this until it arrives?
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby brodison99 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:21 pm

@ Nigel - What's the odds on me buying the SPARX 4E off Sam?[/quote]
Sorry Sam still plays sop for Ballyduff & 3rd Carrick juniors and wouldn't part with it! But glad you like it! Cheers, Nigel.[/quote]

No probs, I've ordered a VB10.5. Do you mind if I hold on to this until it arrives?[/quote]I think his junior band starts Tue 28th so he would need it back by then, please. If Hannah Copes is playing with you on Saturday she could pass it on to him, Cheers, Nigel.

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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby IrishGuyRick » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:26 pm

I think his junior band starts Tue 28th so he would need it back by then, please. If Hannah Copes is playing with you on Saturday she could pass it on to him, Cheers, Nigel.


No probs, I'll make sure he has it back before the 28th
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Re: Mouthpiece Trial

Postby djevy » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:29 am

I know this is an old post, but which mpc did you finally use?

I've been asked to cover sop for contests in the new year and last time I played sop I used a Sparx 3C. I bought that before they introduced the 4E, so I've never tried one.


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