Griego-Ashton Series Trumpet Mouthpieces
The designs for the Griego-Ashton Series evolved from custom mouthpieces made for me over the last 20 years. There are currently 7 mouthpieces in the series including 3 piccolo sizes (trumpet & cornet shanks) and 4 cornet mouthpieces.
The primary aim was to design a mouthpiece that was super-efficient, and that worked with the trumpet rather than against it. Considerable thought therefore went into what was the ideal mass, balance and weight necessary to produce an acoustically efficient mouthpiece.
The exterior design of the Griego-Ashton Series is retro, stylish and elegant, and the rim, cup, throat and backbore designs are unlike any other mouthpieces on the market. Your sound on a Griego-Ashton mouthpiece will never be edgy however much air you put down the horn, and you will hear bags of color and overtones throughout the range. The rims are designed for comfort and maximum flexibility.
Top players who tried prototype mouthpieces during development were surprised at the incredible resonance, sound quality and vibrancy, and frequently commented on the 'fat low register', 'ringing high register', 'incredible intonation' and 'liquidy sound'.
One small discovery I made significantly determines the feel of moving between notes, particularly in a scale: try an uneven scale (such as C# major over two octaves) with your mouthpiece, and then the same with a Griego-Ashton mouthpiece.
The mouthpiece I use all the time on my Edwards Bb, C and Eb trumpets is the #2. For piccolo G, A and Bb trumpets I use #7Pt/7Pc, and for cornet a #2 to correspond with the trumpet size. When choosing the right mouthpieces for you, I suggest starting with the #2 or #3, and for piccolo start with a #6P. You will find the sound quality between mouthpieces is consistent so your choice can be based on what is the right fit for you.
Professor of Trumpet
State University of New York
Piccolo Trumpet Mouthpieces
Available with trumpet and cornet shanks
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