The Denis Wick DWPAX Paxman French horn mouthpieces sees the collaboration of two companies well known in the world of brass playing, Denis Wick, famous for mutes and mouthpieces, and Paxman Horns, world famous makers of French horns. Together with Tim Jones, principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, Denis Wick has developed these mouthpieces with the idea of bringing the innovations seen in the Denis Wick Heritage mouthpieces to the French horn.
The principle of the unusual outer shape of these mouthpieces is to have a design that is relatively thin-walled at the top of the cup but heavier around the base. This ensures that the mouthpiece is very responsive and easy to play, and makes a sound with a real 'bloom' full of rich upper partials. The heavy mass of metal around the bottom of the cup means that it will project powerfully, whilst maintaining an easy response. Soft playing becomes easier. The final shape was arrived at after much experiment, and provides the perfect balance between power and sensitivity. The range extends from the largest, with a cup-diameter of 18 mm, through to the smallest at 16.55mm, but the most popular size is the 5.5 at 17.4 mm, which is based on the cup of famous Paxman 4B mouthpiece. The DW/Paxman mouthpieces are only available in silver plate.