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Thread: New Mercer & Barker Euphonium Mouthpiece!

  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonJones View Post
    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the message. I'm more than happy to clarify. First of all, the mouthpiece with Terry and Ivan are phenomenal, and at the time in my playing life were exactly what I was looking for and needed. Mouthpieces in general, just like shoes, are very personal to people. No one mouthpiece will do everything you need for everyone, regardless of how it is marketed. With that said, my primary full-time job now is playing principal in the USAF concert band. I have a variety of responsibilities in that role. Soloist, jack-of-all-trades ensemble player, etc. I also am now on the Shires euphoniums as of about 3 or so years ago, and mouthpieces sound different on different instruments. When I was on the Adams, I wasn't the principal player and was doing more brass band playing. The Adams with Ivan's piece was very accommodating in brass band. They worked extremely well together. I'm also getting older and I don't want to feel like I have to work as hard to play better, if that makes sense. I've long loved the sound that the Schilke 51D and BB1 give for the American wind band euphonium player... but I've heavily disliked various things about each. So, MB was able to get EXACTLY what I wanted. Even on the other pieces, its as in the context of what was already available in terms of rim contours/exact specs/etc. This was made from the ground up with the EXACT specs that I wanted for MY playing and comfort. I have had students test these as well as a few others and the results are truly incredible. There are MANY mouthpieces these days that are truly amazing in terms of consistency and how they are crafted. So, for me, this mouthpiece IS exactly the best mouthpiece I've ever played for ME. No marketing BS. I am not doing this for money, haha! This is genuinely to help my playing become better and easier with my full-time job being what it is. We were able to create what we did and I'm excited for other people to have an alternative to those mouthpieces now. I've already stated what I love about this mouthpiece in particular, so no need to re-hash that. Again, thanks for the opportunity to clarify why this one works the best for me.

    Thanks for the response Brandon.

    Mike

  2. #12
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    Absolutely!
    Brandon Jones
    Principal Euphonium - The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.
    Principal/Solo Euphonium - Brass of the Potomac
    S. E. Shires Artist & Clinician
    Mercer & Barker Signature Artist
    bmjones82@gmail.com

  3. #13
    I’ll say that the Jones 51 is hands down the most comfortable 51D style mouthpiece I’ve played. The diameter is a little smaller than my regular preference, but it’s a very, very comfortable piece. If I were primarily in a wind band, I would likely play it regularly.
    Mike Taylor

    Illinois Brass Band

  4. #14
    What do the two different depths correspond to?

    Mike

  5. #15
    They seem very, very small.

  6. #16
    This depends on context.

    They are smaller in diameter than a wick 4, but the standard jones 51 is deeper.

    Also, they don’t feel as small as the spec suggests.

    Still a bit small for my personal taste for brass banding, which was not the sound profile in mind when they were developed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Magikarp View Post
    They seem very, very small.
    Mike Taylor

    Illinois Brass Band

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonJones View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I hope everyone is safe and plague-free!

    I wanted to let you all know that we have officially launched what I believe will be a game-changer for euphonium players in the Schilke 51D/Griego BB1 camp… and more, honestly. The MB51 is a brand new release that was many, many months of R&D and testing in the making. The rim is rounded and very comfortable, but the inner bite is quite sharp farther down… so you don’t feel it cut into your face. It’s the comfort of a round rim with the clarity of a sharp/flat one. The cup diameter is 25.50 (for reference the Schilke 51D is 25.55 and the BB1 is 25.50) with a bore size of .283. It is free feeling but retains the center and true euphonium core. It does not feel tight to play or loose. The combo is just right. There’s a standard model with the very deep cup that works PERFECTLY for wind band and a “solo” model with a 2mm shallower cup that adds sparkle and brilliance to the sound making it incredibly easy to cut over an ensemble for solo work and high range bombs, haha! I seriously couldn’t be happier with them. They make large AND medium shank in virtually any finish you’d like… including stainless steel. Please check them out. I literally could not be happier with mine.
    Mine arrives today! I can't wait to try it out!
    Ben Dawley
    Music Director
    Solo Euphonium, Mid-Michigan Brass Band
    Principal Euphonium, Midland Concert Band
    Euphonium, Chemical City Band

    Willson 2900TA

  8. #18
    Actually, I was looking for an approximate comparison of depth with other mouthpieces. For example, since the MB51 is based on 51D, is the depth about the same so that MB51 solo is more about a Wick 4 depth?

    Mike

  9. #19
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    The MB51 is actually a bit deeper than a 51D, and the Solo 51 is about the same depth (2 mm shallower exactly) as a 51D but with more of a funnel cup for clarity and a bit brighter sound. The MB51 is absolutely designed for wind band playing, 100%.
    Brandon Jones
    Principal Euphonium - The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.
    Principal/Solo Euphonium - Brass of the Potomac
    S. E. Shires Artist & Clinician
    Mercer & Barker Signature Artist
    bmjones82@gmail.com

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by miketeachesclass View Post
    I’ll say that the Jones 51 is hands down the most comfortable 51D style mouthpiece I’ve played. The diameter is a little smaller than my regular preference, but it’s a very, very comfortable piece. If I were primarily in a wind band, I would likely play it regularly.
    I totally agree with this thought. Hands down my band piece.
    Ben Dawley
    Music Director
    Solo Euphonium, Mid-Michigan Brass Band
    Principal Euphonium, Midland Concert Band
    Euphonium, Chemical City Band

    Willson 2900TA

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