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4.5 Nouveau

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

When I work on the T396-A trombone I always play a Griego mouthpiece or often one of my competitors to feel/hear what you do when you are playing.

Today I was testing a T396-A with a 4.5 Nouveau and man did it sing. Easy in all registers and beautiful sound (even for me). I think for the solo playing this combination works pretty darn well.

Enjoy these pieces, they are meant to be played.


All large bore in Nouveau style now available

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

We’ve got the large bore complete. Nouveau blanks are now available in all large bore tenor and bass models. The .75 model is currently out of stock but will be replenished this week.

Small bore nouveau will be completed in the upcoming month.

There’s a lot on the horizon with the upcoming launch of Alessi mouthpieces, and a new design concept that’s showing a lot of promise (fingers crossed).

Keep up the practice and enjoy the new toys.


Alessi Project Update

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

We’ve received many inquiries about the coming Alessi line, so I decided to fill everyone in. Yes, we are working on the new mouthpieces and I’m really excited about our progress. Joe was just in Elkhorn for a couple of days of instrument and mouthpiece development. It went well — discoveries were made that should benefit us all.

After Joe went home, I went to New York City this past Tuesday for another round of mega mouthpiece testing. On my way into Lincoln Center, I saw Dave Taylor talking on his cell and went over to chat for a bit. It’s always great to see Dave.

Once the orchestra went on a lunch break, we started in on the mouthpieces. Amanda Stewart stuck around to lend us her ears. When rehearsal started back up, I headed out for lunch and ran into Weston Sprott. We had a great time talking shop/life/training.

After lunch it was back to the much improved Juilliard School for more mouthpiece work. This time, Dave Finlayson joined us and we quickly nailed down the winners and losers. After taking tons of notes, it was back to the airport for dinner and plane ride home.

We’re now moving on to other mouthpiece sizes. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be unveiling some new features that have never been offered in any mouthpiece line. It’s a ton of work, but very rewarding. Thanks for your patience!

Alessi Line

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Just finished a good two days with Joseph Alessi in house. We made quite a few varieties of mouthpieces, tested and now it’s back to NYC for more testing.

We’re making progress and hope to launch in June (my hope anyways). I’m learning a lot as we go through the R&D and that’s always the fun of it.

Thanks for being patient, we’re working on it. The wait will be worth it.

New Nouveau’s available

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

We’ve been working hard on a few projects, one of which is completing all models in Nouveau style. Now all large bore tenor and bass models are completed and available for purchase. Josh will be updating the site shortly.

If you need something more quickly feel free to give me a call at 262 949 1924 to place your order. Best time is 12-1 central time or 4:30-6pm central time due to my day job at Edwards. If I don’t pick up please leave a message and I’ll get back to you.

Next up is small bore mouthpieces. Tuba mouthpieces are done in Deco and Nouveau blanks. Call to order these. It’s gonna take some work to get all the content done for the website. Sorry for the inconvenience tuba guys.

Griego Christmas Deliveries

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Midwest band convention is the week of the 16th. I am hoping to have a few prototype Alessi/Griego models there for people to test.

Since I am going to be at Midwest, Beth Griego (my delivery specialist) is going home to visit family in New Mexico with our newest addition Ava.

Due to this schedule any order placed before December 11th will be shipped out before the 16th.

Any order placed after December 11th will not ship out until the week of December 28th.

I am traveling to see family in New Mexico after the Midwest Band Convention.

Have a great holiday season and I look forward to working with all of you in 2010.

Plating: Sound Vs Feel

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Many people swear that gold plating sounds darker than silver plating. I am not sure that this is true, but I do know that gold is a lot softer on the chops. Not only is it softer but it is a bit more smooth and so many people find this comforting.

Personally I grew up playing on silver plate and so I continue to. I like the feeling it provides at the point of contact and know that gold plate leaves me feeling a bit insecure with the anchor point.

While I do not think that either plating changes the sound enough to quantify. I do think it is worth taking note of which surface your face prefers to come in contact with. It could be your changing mouthpieces due to the plating choice and not the mouthpiece itself. Maybe…

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