Help with Choosing a French Horn MouthpieceHelp with Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece
Denis Wick:"The brass player’s mouthpiece is the most important piece of equipment he or she possesses. It is as personal as shoes and should be fitted as carefully. Instruments need mouthpieces which bring out their best characteristics and players need mouthpieces that will help them realise their full potential. There is no easy answer to this complex requirement. No two players are alike and their requirements from the same instrument can be wildly different. Care taken in choosing the right mouthpiece for instrument, type of music and player can make the difference between steady progress, leading to ultimate success and wasted effort leading to constant frustration. Brass instruments are hardly ever made with really accurate keyboard-precise intonation. Manufacturers usually try to find the best intonation compromise by the intricate matching of the internal tapers. The natural harmonics of any tube are governed by natural laws and can never be perfectly in tune as western man hears the notes. A well designed mouthpiece should assist the compromise and make the instrument more usable. The perfect match can give perfect results. The best players can, with careful training, produce intonation which transcends the narrow confines of equal temperament."
Vincent Bach:"Choosing the perfect mouthpiece is often more difficult than choosing the perfect instrument. Your success as a musician depends on the choice of equipment that will do justice to your capabilities."
Vincent Bach on choosing a mouthpiece:"When selecting a mouthpiece, a brass instrumentalist should choose one with a solid, compact tone of large volume. A carefully selected Bach mouthpiece can help improve a player's embouchure, attack, tonguing and endurance. Professional musicians and advanced students prefer the musical results of large mouthpieces, such as the Bach 1B, 1C, 11.4C, 11.2B, 11.2C, 21.2C, 3C, which provide a maximum volume of tone with the least amount of effort. By opening up the lips so that they do not touch, the larger mouthpiece produces a clearer, purer tone. The large cup diameter also allows a greater portion of the lip to vibrate, producing a larger volume of tone, and keeps a player from forcing high tones by encouraging the correct functioning of the lip muscles. However, a student may find a medium-sized mouthpiece suitable. Do not select a certain mouthpiece because another player uses it. Because no two players have the same lip or tooth formation, what is perfect for one may be entirely unsuitable for the other. Bach produces many different models so that each player can find the best mouthpiece for their individual embouchure."

Mouthpieces - Rims, Shanks and Chambers

Help with Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece
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The first Denis Wick mouthpieces were made in 1968, and the range has grown so much, that it is now one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. They are famous for their wonderful sound and brilliant designs, and are produced to the highest technical specifications. Special attention is paid to the rims, which are both comfortable and consistent. Special techniques are used to produce beautiful and extremely hard-wearing silver and gold plating. Many mouthpieces are available in Heritage and Heavytop formats as well as in the Classic shape.

The range of Denis Wick mouthpieces is huge, over 100 models, each of which has been individually designed and modified by Mr Wick himself. They are all made in Britain by fine engineers and craftsmen. Every mouthpiece is hand finished and made to precise tolerances, with a good standard of polishing and plating. The rims of all models are designed to give the best compromise between maximum comfort and best playing results.

Denis Wick 5885-5N French Horn Mouthpiece - Shaped FunnelDenis Wick 5885-5N French Horn Mouthpiece - Shaped Funnel

Cup diameter 17.5mm
Overall diameter 26.32mm
Rim width 3.91mm
Bore 4.58mm
Back bore = Barrel
Conventional narrow rim.

Denis Wick 5885-5 French Horn Mouthpiece - Wide RimDenis Wick 5885-5 French Horn Mouthpiece - Wide Rim

Cup diameter 17.5mm
Overall diameter 27.36mm
Rim width 4.93mm
Bore 4.58mm
Back bore = Barrel
For first and third players. Clear, smooth and rich sound. Good for beginners, wide rim.

Denis Wick 5885-4N French Horn Mouthpiece - Deep CupDenis Wick 5885-4N French Horn Mouthpiece - Deep Cup

Cup diameter 18mm
Overall diameter 25.83mm
Rim width 3.92mm
Bore 4.70mm
Back bore = Barrel
Conventional narrow rim.