TROMBONE TIPS FOR PLAYERS & STUDENTS - From NorlanBewley.com
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"What is A Good Trombone Mouthpiece Size for a Student?"
The Bach 6 ½ AL is one of the best trombone mouthpiece sizes for students. It is a good, medium-deep size mouthpiece that will continue to be the right size for many students as they get older. Some students will need to move to a larger mouthpiece by high school, such as a Bach 5G, but many will not.
The Bach 12C is a popular student mouthpiece size. It is on the small side, and many students will soon need to move to a larger size like the 6 ½ AL. A few students will do better on the 12C, but most will do as well or better starting on the 6 ½ AL. Larger is not always best, however, so if a student sounds great on a 12C, let them play it – especially if they stay on a small bore trombone. Not all students will need something bigger as they get older.
If you need a size in between, the Bach 7C is a good choice.
These are not "student" mouthpieces, they are good sizes for students. Many professional players use these same mouthpieces.
Remember: Whatever mouthpiece you choose, it is always the results, not the size, that matters most!
Here are some mouthpiece comparisons:
Small Bore .480 to .509
Mouthpiece: small shank
Bach 12C, Yamaha 45C2 - smaller
Bach 7C - standard
Bach 6 ½ AL, Yamaha 48 - larger
Bach 5GS, Yamaha 51C4, Bach 5G, Schilke 51, Yamaha 51 - even larger
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