A method for determining how to proceed when
a mouthpiece feels stuffy or has pitch problems in any or all
Cut a strip of paper about 1/4 inch wide and an
inch long. Lay this paper lengthwise along the
outside shank of your mouthpiece (don't wrap it
around, lay it lengthwise) and place it in your
This will cause the
mouthpiece to stick out of the horn a little
further (approximately 1/32").
Then play it and see if the
stuffiness or pitch gets better, worse, or no change.
it gets worse, stop. If there is no change
gets better add another piece of paper
Then contact us with your results. This gives us
more information from which to analyze your
This is obviously a good method for determining
the gap you are using is too small.
The easiest and best way to experiment
with decreasing the gap is to send us your
mouthpiece and have us convert it for use with