AUTHOR: Brendan Holly
As I have experienced, there are many different ideas on how different equipment is used for creating the optimal situations for musicians. For example, at a recent collegiate festival I have attended, there were several musicians that had over twenty mouthpieces.
There is no argument that there are slightly different character tone qualities and colors that change between instruments, or mouthpieces. As I prepare for my career as a music educator, I am starting to think about budgets that I have and how valuable it is as a educator to have these at disposal. At the current rate for standard trumpet mouthpieces are around fifty dollars, and only increases from there for custom mouthpieces.
Even if as an educator, having a budget that allows for the purchasing of multiple kinds of mouthpieces, I am hesitant to purchase these other mouthpiece types. I believe that it is more productive for the students to learn how to play different tone colors or technique, instead of going the “easier” way of purchasing more equipment.