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M O U T H PI E C E M A N UA L

Vincent Bach was a rare combination of artist and engineer. A mechanical genius and acclaimed trumpet soloist, his instruments and mouthpieces are used today in every major studio and orchestra in the world. Bach personally designed the tools and composed the plans that continue to set the high standards for making all Bach products today.

C O N TE N T S
M OU T H P I E C E D E S I G N I N F O R M AT I O N 3. Selecting a Mouthpiece 5. The Rim 7. The Cup: Depth and Diameter 8. The Backbore 9. The Throat 10. Mega Tone®, Screw-Rim Mouthpieces 11. Custom Designed Mouthpieces, Special Shanks, Finishes, Cleaning VINCENT BACH MOUTHPIECE MODELS 12. Key to Trumpet Model Numbers 13.-18. Trumpet, Cornet & Fluegelhorn Mouthpieces 18. E Contra-Alto TrumpetMouthpiece 19. Mega Tone® Trumpet Mouthpieces 20. Mega Tone® Cornet Mouthpieces 20. Mega Tone® Fluegelhorn Mouthpieces 21. Horn Mouthpieces 21. Alto Horn & Mellophone Mouthpieces 22.-24. Small Shank Tenor Trombone, Baritone & Euphonium Mouthpieces 24.-25. Large Shank Tenor & Bass Trombone Mouthpieces 26. Mega Tone® Small Shank Tenor Trombone, Baritone & Euphonium Mouthpieces 27. Mega Tone® Large ShankTenor & Bass Trombone Mouthpieces 27. Contra-Bass Trombone Mouthpiece 28. Tuba & Sousaphone Mouthpieces 28. Mega Tone® Tuba & Sousaphone Mouthpieces 29. Screw-Rim Mouthpiece Catalog Numbers BRASS ACCESSORIES 30. Mutes, Brass Microphone System, Mouthpiece Pouches, Valve Oil, Tuning Slide Grease & Gold-Plated Trim Kits 31. Polishing Cloths & Gloves, Leatherlike Gig Bag, Leather Gig Bags, & HeavyValve Caps DIMENSIONS 32. Bach Mouthpiece Dimensions

“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

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Selecting a Mouthpiece
When selecting a mouthpiece, a brass instrumentalist should choose one with a solid, compact tone oflarge 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, thelarger 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. Visit your local dealer and try several genuine Bach mouthpiece models, all stamped with the Vincent Bach trademark.

What Every Brass Instrumentalist ShouldKnow About Mouthpieces
RIM RIM WIDTH CUP DIAMETER THROAT BACKBORE

CUP DEPTH

SHANK

A mouthpiece consists of the rim, cup, throat, and backbore. Bringing these various components into proper relationship constitutes the art of superior mouthpiece production. In choosing a special combination of rim, cup, throat and backbore designs, consider the effects of each. BACKBORE
RIM
Wide:Narrow: Round: Sharp: Increases endurance. Improves flexibility, range. Improves comfort. Increases brilliance, precision of attack.

BACKBORE
Except in general terms, it isn’t possible to identify backbores by size because they also vary in shape. Various combinations of size and shape make the tone darker or more brilliant, raise or lower the pitch in one or more registers, increase or decrease...
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