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    Clock your mouthpiece

    I recently read a blog post about "clocking" your mouthpiece, i.e, moving it around like a clockface to see where it plays best. It was a trumpet blog, but I'm wondering if it would apply to euphonium mp's as well, or does it really make a difference at all. I experimented with my euphonium mp's and couldn't tell a difference. It did recommend having someone else listen instead of trying to discern differences yourself, which I didn't do.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Hmm? I’m sometimes suspect of the trumpet discussions about certain things (j/k). I don’t think it makes any difference unless you’re playing on a wedge mpc.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank

    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
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    Hidden Valley, AZ
    There would have to be a really crappy CNC machine in the lineage for that to happen...

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original

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    That's all I need to know. Thanks.

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    Back in the old days maybe, but not for modern instruments. You'll also find people who say the best mouthpieces "pop" an octave. Basically if you tap your finger across the end of the shank, and then tap the rim against your palm, the two notes should be an octave apart.
    Sterling / Perantucci 1065HGS Euphonium, 1952 B&H Imperial Eb Tuba, Yamaha YBB-631S BBb Tuba, and a bunch of trombones.


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