Author: Dan Shusta
Date: 2019-12-06 01:56
> Whenever looking for a new mouthpiece, you need to have a full
> understanding of what you are actually looking to improve. What
> is it from your old mouthpiece you are unsatisfied with?
> Otherwise, you will end up waist of a lot of time and money.
I regard fernie121's statements as truly brilliant. It makes me think of those who have a "drawer full" of mouthpieces. Could it possibly be because those players really didn't know what was "wrong" with their setup and set out to resolve a certain unknown problem simply based on a gut feeling that "something better" was out there without really knowing what that "better" playing characteristic really was? Are you saying to yourself: "I'll know it when I hear it or feel it?"
Now, onto the mouthpiece/reed playing combo. To those who have been playing for years, I sense that you probably already know the basic characteristics of the elements that make up a mouthpiece. If you don't, that's OK...there's plenty of material on the Internet to help you understand how each part of the mouthpiece affects the playing experience. But, IMHO, you truly have to have a firm understanding of these elements.
This may sound unrealistically too simplistic, but, in searching for a new mouthpiece, are you in actuality trying "to reinvent the wheel?" If you're interested in a Brand X mouthpiece, I sense that there are many players out there who are already using that brand successfully. Wouldn't it be simpler to find out who they are and ask them what reed they are using? That, I believe, would at least be a good starting point. I have seen quite a few posts on this BB aimed specifically in that direction and I'm convinced this approach should be the starting point of your journey. This endeavor, IMHO, should not equate to rocket science.
Many of you know that I'm just a "hobbyist", so please take what I write with a huge grain of salt.