|Mouthpiece||Rim Diameter||Cup Depth||Cup Shape||Rim||Throat||Backbore|
(Please note that I don't have exact specs for some of these things, and the "small" and "large" are comparisons to each other just from me looking at them. Someone really needs to make a large, complete mouthpiece chart with measurements! Links appreciated!)
With that out of the way, here are my notes for day two of my mouthpiece trial fun.
- I think I am really noticing the biggest difference in the rim style. It took me forever to get used to the sharp rim, and now going back is tough stuff. I think this is the source of my endurance issues.
- Spent lots of time on long tones today. My chops feel like they're getting used to the size.
- Bb on the second line and down -- hard to get a good solid starting sound.
- Bb (tuning note) partial is sounding great. (My biggest complaint from my previous mouthpiece/playing.)
- It seems like it is easier to play louder, and takes less air in general. Bonus? Also, I think my mezzo-forte is generally louder on the 51B. Probably due to the smaller throat/backbore -- I am used to pushing a LOT of air with the 4CL.
- My tone feels very bright. Jon once described my tone as having a bit of a "sizzle" to it -- I wonder if this is more like "dropping ice cubes into hot oil" tone.
Overall, I like it. More chop time is definitely needed, but lots of things are just more comfortable. I don't feel like I have to work as hard at as many things. Isn't that what we all want, really?