Posted by Klaus on April 19, 2002 at 16:03:48:
In Reply to: SUV or Sportscar Mouthpiece? posted by Matt A. on April 19, 2002 at 13:51:24:
Your mouthpiece question might be a hard case to solve!
No one but your teacher or very close (and competent) tubafriend can really help you.
Despite a tendency to internationalisation of playing styles there still are plenty of them. Ruled by players' physical statures, by teachers, by regions, by nations.
There are top professional players using medium mouthpieces on huge tubas. There are great players playing quite small mouthpieces. Even having them issued as signature models. There are much lesser players playing bass as well as contrabass tubas on huge mouthpieces, becauses that gives them the sound and the range they want.
Again: Only competent persons close to you can give valid advises in your specific situation.
Another approach would be to loan as many different mouthpieces as possible and then draw your own conclusions out of the diversity. But your embouchure would have to be strong to survive such a test. It certainly should not be made just before examns or auditions.