The number and diversity of mouthpieces on the market is staggering, add in all of the technical terms banded about and players would be forgiven for becoming bewildered by the options available to them. This diagram illustrates the main parts of the mouthpiece, and the table below explains some terms you may hear.
Violins are made up of various component parts, all of which are important to the quality of the finished instrument. By understanding what the various parts are, it will give you a sound knowledge base to carefully select the instrument for you.
When looking for a mouthpiece, there are many variables that you will need to consider. This can often get confusing. The dimensions and shape of a mouthpiece have a direct impact on its feel, play-ability and sound. We hope to give you a brief overview of the various parts and Jargon used when talking about mouthpieces and their effects on the mouthpiece characteristics.