Denis Wick Heritage Alto Horn Mouthpiece 1
Consistently evolving its technology and ideas, the latest selection of tenor horn mouthpieces, released by Denis Wick Products, are striaght from the cutting-edge of brass engineering where the label 'Heritage' is particularly apt, since these innovative mouthpieces strongly resemble many 19th century Hawkes mouthpieces, which served as an inspiration rather than a basis for Denis Wick's new design. The technology behind them, however, is strikingly revolutionary. the Gold-coloured rim and silver mouthpiece are quite attractive and very unique. Presented in packaging that resembles a type usually reserved for an expensive watch or ring, you can be assured of the qulaity of this product, into which its makers have poured a great deal of care and precision.
The main development to note is the interesting lack of density at the top of the mouthpiece, particularly around the rim which has no metal directly behind it (unlike previous versions). The bulk of the weight of the mouthpiece (which is surprisingly light overall) is deployed towards the base of the cup, providing extremely powerful sound when needed. the contact of the new thin rim on the lips is also very comfortable and the lack of metal behind the rim gives a slightly better feeling of control over the sound - particularly helpful for quiet entires if your a soloist. The combination of power and sensitivity is well-suited for horn players in bands with wide dynamic ranges - it permits greater control over the softest entries and plenty of beef when fortissimo markings crop up.
The Heritage range offers a more nuanced selection of mouthpiece sizes: 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 3, 4 and 5 are all on offer, providing tenor horn players with more subtle options than previous selections. The size 1 mouthpiece (the biggest and shallowest of the series) offers a masiive 'beefy' sound, particularly in the pedal register - an ideal purchase for second horn players looking to balance the sound of a section with fatter low notes. Also, the size 4 is a new design, and is 0.5mm smaller in diameter than the 3, while the deepest mouthpiece, the 5, has the smallest diameter (but the deepest cup).
Diameter: 31.13 mm
Cup Diameter: 19.50 mm
Rim Width: 5.82 mm
Bore Size: 5.20 mm
Back Bore: V-type