This rendering illustrates all six components of the new 5MM Modular Mouthpiece System. The SWE Body holds the entire system together acting as the backbone of the mouthpiece. The Cup screws into the Rim with high surface contact threads increasing efficiency. And the Rim screws into the Sleeve with the same threading.
In speaking with many of the hundreds of clients who have expressed interest in the 5MM System, I have encountered a few people who have trouble seeing the benefits of more options. In my little world, more options are the key to setting up anything to be just right. Could they have built a space shuttle or moon rovers without a lot of custom options? Or would it have been possible (or just as easy) using off the shelf basic nuts and bolts? Hopefully, the answer is obvious, but this next illustration is for those of you with doubts.
Imagine that during your pursuit to become a great trumpet performer, you eventually purchased 10 different mouthpieces at an average of $50 each to find one that worked right for you. Yes, this does happen. In fact, it happens all the time. I personally know hundreds of players who literally own more than fifty mouthpieces and I have heard of some players owning more than one thousand. How much would that cost and would the 5MM be any better of a solution? Let's take a look...
Buying 10 standard mouthpieces will give you 10 possible variations or $50/variation at $500. However, spending $495 on the 5MM will give you 120 variations at $4.13/variation.
Here's the math:
10 mpcs @ $50 = $500
19 piece 5MM Set = $495
- 2 Rims
- 3 Cups
- 5 Throats
- 4 Backbores
- 4 Nuts
Total number of possible variations:
2 Rims x 3 cups x 4 backbores x 5 throats = 120 configurations
The 19 piece kit also includes 4 lock nuts of various lengths to make your 5MM appear seamless with your AGR or standard receiver on multiple horns.
So you can spend $500 on 10 mouthpieces and leave 8 or 9 of them on a shelf collecting dust. Or you can invest in 120 variables that will lead you to the best mouthpiece that fits your varying requirements because YOU designed it!
Many of you are wondering, "How would I know which parts to buy and why?". The answer to this question and many more will be explained in detail in future posts along with graphic guidelines and a simple set of rules that will minimize your time, energy and investment as you discover the best 5MM configuration that fits your specific embouchure, playing preferences, intonation requirements and desired tone.