BWithout a Mouthpiece a wind musician sounds… well… not at all!

After the purchase of a quality instrument, the second most important element required to produce a great tone is the mouthpiece. It’s logical that a wonderful mouthpiece helps make a wonderful sound.

The majority of brass instrument mouthpieces on the market are expertly manufactured using high quality materials and finished with a lip-soothing hypoallergenic silver/nickel plating. Occasionally they even use gold. We stock a wide range of makes, models, diameters, rims, shanks, bores and cup sizes to suit all brass instruments and musical abilities.

A mouthpiece is for life… not just for Christmas.

The majority of professional and amateur brass musicians I know have used the same make/model/size mouthpiece for decades. Do you actually need more than one mouthpiece?  Really it’s personal choice. Some people have

In my experience, I have heard many an ‘after-gig’ discussion regarding mouthpieces, mainly instigated and enthusiastically debated by trumpet players!

But, whether you peformed perfectly or ‘split’ a few, it will be always the mouthpiece that takes the centre stage of culpability!

Until recently, if you wanted to purchase a new mouthpiece, your (expensive) options were limited to the excellent and consistent Vincent Bach and Denis Wick range.

But now there is a another, much more affordable and equally as impressive range produced exclusively for Normans: The Sonata Range.  Manufactured to professional standards – using top quality brass engineering and nickel silver plating technologies – these Mouthpieces really do offer a quality alternative for price-conscious, and sound perfecting brass musicians.

A Comprehensive list of every Sonata Brass Mouthpiece currently available:

  • Cornet 4B (equivalent size to Bach 2C or Denis Wick 4C)
  • Trumpet 7C (equivalent to Bach 7C or Denis Wick 4)
  • Tenor Horn 5 (similar to the Denis Wick 2 and Bach 5)
  • Trombone 12C – small shank (similar dimensions as the Bach 12C and Denis Wick 12CS)
  • Baritone 9BS – small shank (equivalent to the 9BS and Denis Wick 350-63/4C)
  • Trombone 6 ½ AL – large shank (alternative to the Denis Wick 6BL and Bach 6 ½ AL)
  • Euphonium 5G (similar to the Bach 5G and the Denis Wick 6AL)
  • Tuba 25 (equivalent of the Bach 24 and Denis Wick 3)

It is apparent that Sonata has provided an unbelievable quality mouthpiece at a fraction of the cost. In spite of this affordable price their manufacturing standards and finishes remain excellent.

About the author

Nick joined the Normans Sales Team after a musical career spanning 35 years; firstly as a principal trombonist in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service for 24 years, performing around the UK and worldwide, including on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and then within the education sector teaching GCSE and A Level Music and Music Technology. He is a keen Big Band, Jazz performer and Hi-Fi enthusiast.

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