Frequently Asked Questions – “Metal vs Hard Rubber Mouthpieces”
In this series we share Jody’s answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive through our website.
I recently watched a YouTube interview, and you spoke of the common misconception that metal will always be brighter than hard rubber. The deciding factor is in the inside of the piece (ie the chamber). My question is if the inside is the determining factor (which I agree), then why don’t mouthpiece makers simply make all mouthpieces out of one material? I’m very interested to hear your knowledge of this!
Hard rubber is preferred by some for the following reasons:
– The shape and larger size in the mouth just feels better.
– Because of the larger size which opens the mouth wider the sound is different than a metal mouthpiece (more mellow).
– Material does matter regarding sound, my estimation is that it’s 15% of the sound.
Metal is preferred by some for the following reasons:
– The shape is smaller and just feels better in the mouth.
– Because of the smaller size which opens the mouth less the sound is different than hard rubber (more direct and slightly brighter)
– Material does matter regarding sound – my estimation is that it’s 15% of the sound.
– We can manufacture metal with very thin rails which can enhance performance, hard rubber cannot be manufactured as thinly that’s why HR pieces are bigger.
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