Period mouthpiece makers active today

Currently there are two approaches to making period mouthpieces; either to construct them in the original method using a layer of sheet brass or sheet silver, or to turn the mouthpiece out of a piece of solid brass.

Richard Seraphinoff wrote an article on the original methods of making mouthpieces for the Historic Brass Society (Historic Brass Society Journal Volume 1, Issue 1, 1989) which is reproduced on the HBS website here.

Egger (Switzerland).

  • HBJ-3 - Original in the museum Carolino Augusteum Museum, Salzburg.
  • HBE-7
  • HKB-9, Classical mouthpiece made of sheet metal - original in the Basel Museum.

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Patrick Fraize (France).

Copies, either turned metal or sterling silver made in the traditional method.

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Geert Jan van der Heide (Holland)

Mouthpieces are based on an original late 18th/early 19th century mouthpiece from the Cite de la  musique collection in Paris. 

The mouthpieces are made from solid brass or sheet material (silver or brass) and can be silver or gold plated.

  • Classical horn mouthpiece: funnel shaped cup with a bore of 4,7 mm and a small rim. 
  • Baroque horn mouthpiece: funnel shaped cup, a sharp edge into the 4,0 mm bore and a even smaller rim. 
  • The width of both types can be made to wishes from about 16,5 to 18,5 mm. 

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Daniel Kunst (Germany).

No information currently other than that he makes mouthpieces.

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Moosewood/Tom Greer (USA)

  • Model LGC: For Cor Alto or Cor Basso, from Lowell Greer’s Courtois original. Ex-deep convex contour, #11 bore, no backbore. Giardinelli threads and stem as requested.
  • Model LGR:  For Cor Alto, from Lowell Greer’s Raoux original. Medium-deep convex cup, #7 bore, minimal expansion backbore. Giardinelli threads and stem as requested.

NB: currently (Feb. 2017) getting Moosewood mouthpieces is tricky but there are plans for manufacture to recommence sometime soon.

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L’Olifant (France).

  • Model “Jacques François Gallay”. Bore: 4.30mm, diameter: 16.50mm, depth: deep.
  • Model “Jean Joseph Rodolphe”. Bore: 4.50mm, diameter: 16.80mm, depth: deep.
  • Model “Frédéric Nicolas Duvernoy”. Bore: 5mm, diameter: 17mm, depth: deep. 
  • Model “Dauprat”. Bore: 5mm, diameter:18mm, depth: very deep.

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Werner Chr. Schmidt (Germany)

  • Alto: outside Ø ?, inside Ø ?, cup depth 28mm, bore 4.7mm.
  • NH 172: outside Ø 24.6mm, inside Ø 17.2mm, cup depth 33mm, bore 4.7mm.
  • NH 176: outside Ø 25.6mm, inside Ø 17.6mm, cup depth 31mm, bore 4.7mm.
  • NH 178: outside Ø 25.8mm, inside Ø 17.8mm, cup depth 31mm, bore 4.7mm.
  • NH 180: outside Ø 26mm, inside Ø 18mm, cup depth 31mm, bore 4.7mm.
  • NH 185: outside Ø 26.5mm, inside Ø 18.5mm, cup depth 31.5mm, bore 4.7mm.

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Richard Seraphinoff (USA).

Rims can be made in a number of diameters and widths on request. All six designs are formed by hand from sheet metal with a separate turned rim soldered on. Shank sleeves are soldered to the mouthpiece, but can also be made detachable.

  • K1 - High horn mouthpiece copied from an original by Kruspe, mid 19th century. Inner rim diameter of 16-17mm.                      
  • K2 - Low horn mouthpiece copied from a mid-19th century original, possibly also by Kruspe. Inner rim diameter 17-18mm.
  • French cor-alto mouthpiece from an anon. original of the late 18th- early 19th century. Inner rim diameter 16-17mm. Rather narrow conical body shape.                                      
  • French cor-basse mouthpiece from an anon. original of the late 18th- early 19th century. Inner rim diameter 17-18mm. Wider conical body shape than the high horn model, with larger inner diameter at the shank end.
  • French classical  mouthpiece copied from an original possibly by Tabard, ca. 1810. Inner rim diameter of the original is around 17mm. This model tends toward the high horn side, but is a good general purpose mouthpiece. It is a good match for the Halari and Courtois french classical horn models.
  • English mouthpiece copied from an original possibly by Nicholas Winkings, London, ca. 1760. Inner rim diamer is just over 17mm. This is the earliest model that Seraphinoff makes and which he considers to be a good match for the Hofmaster English baroque horn.

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Franz Windhager (Austria).

Baroque horn:

  • B/A Bore 4mm, depth 21mm,“very good upper range; for short tubing”.
  • B/B Bore 4mm, depth 23mm, “very good upper range; relatively full sound”.
  • B/C Bore 4mm. depth 24.5mm, “for long c; full sound”.
  • B/D Bore 4.4mm, depth 24.7mm.

Natural horn:

  • N/H Bore 4.6mm, depth 27.5mm .
  • N/A Bore 4.6mm, depth 29mm, “very good upper range; for short tubing”.
  • N/B Bore 4.6mm, depth 32.5mm, “good high register; rather pure sound”.
  • N/C Bore 4.6mm, depth 32.5mm, “full sound; for long tubing”.

A range of natural horn mouthpieces (EB Nr.1-6 ) made in collaboration with the horn player  Hermann Ebner are also available.

NB: It seems very difficult to get mouthpieces out of Windhager at the moment (Feb 2017)! The best advice seems to be to visit them in Vienna!