Denis Wick Products

Tuba Mouthpieces

Written on 12/12/2019
Mary Galime


Denis Wick offers you 3 styles of tuba mouthpieces. As you can see, they each have a different shape, and as a result different weights. Mass, and where it is carried on the mouthpiece make a big difference in how that mouthpiece resonates in the instrument. These are our thoughts on what to expect from each option, but we want to know your thoughts too! Let us know what you play and what you love about it in the comment section at the top.

CLASSIC: Silver DW5286-#, Gold DW4286-#
Denis Wick Classic mouthpieces have a traditional outer shape with perfectly balanced cup, rim, throat, and backbore combinations. These features combined with cutting edge manufacturing techniques provide the very best intonation, comfort, and tonal response.

HERITAGE: Dual Plate DW3186-#, Silver DW2186-#
The Heritage design uses the same sizing as the Classic series, however the shifted mass of the mouthpiece affects the way it responds in the Cornet. Like the HeavyTop series, added mass near the throat/backbore provide focus to the sound. The upper walls and rim are thinned to compensate for the additional mass. This aids the player in easy articulation in higher registers, and a very colorful tonal response.

AARON TINDALL: Silver DW5386-# , Gold DW4386-#
Designed with world renowned tuba artist, Aaron Tindall, Denis Wick is proud to introduce the Aaron Tindall signature Tuba Mouthpiece series. As described by Aaron Tindall, the new line is designed to provide an increased sense of improved articulation, intonation, greater endurance, and significantly enhanced power in both the high and low registers. Along with these comes an ease of playing accompanied by a richer, broader, and truer sound that we believe is currently unmatched by many of the other competitors in today’s market.

AT1U
This new mouthpiece designed by Aaron Tindall is the largest of the range, and is designed for use in big CC or Bbb tubas. It has straight walls after the rim leading to a very wide funnel-shaped cup with a large throat. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece is for strong players and produces a massive deep sound.

1
Full, rich sound with great low register resonance. This is a small shanked mouthpiece , and is only available in the Classic style.

1L
Full, rich sound with great low register resonance.

1XL
Similar to the 1L but with a thicker, more rounded rim for greater endurance.

1CC
The largest of the Denis Wick Helleberg mouthpieces. Very deep with a large bore.This produces a massive organ-like tone. Perfect for large BBb tubas and 6/4 CC tubas. The gold rim helps with flexibility and gives this model a distinctive look.

AT2U
This new mouthpiece designed by Aaron Tindall is the most popular of the range, and is designed for use in 5/4 CC tubas. It has a large cup which is a mixture of a funnel and a bowl with a large throat, and is slightly shallower than the AT1U. This mouthpiece has already proved a big hit with many leading American players. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and vibrant sound with plenty of focus. There is a distinct ‘shelf’ at the bottom of the cup which helps achieve a concentrated power that gives a sound that really projects.

2
This is a small shanked mouthpiece , and is only available in the Classic style. Deep, funneled Helleberg-type cup gives rich, even sound with great flexibility. High register is well-centered and in tune.

2L
Deep, funneled Helleberg-type cup gives rich, even sound with great flexibility. High register is well-centered and in tune.

2SL
German-style cup with tight throat and massive backbore results in huge projection. Ideal for large F, E♭, and 4/4C tubas.

2XL
Like the 2L but with a wider rim for added endurance.

2.5CC
The ideal mouthpiece for 5/4 CC tubas. The distinctive Helleberg cup creates an extremely mellow, well-blended sound which is ideal for orchestral use. Based on the mouthpiece that Arnold Jacobs used in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

2CC
A slightly smaller version of the 2.5CC giving a mouthpiece which is slightly easier to handle producing a warm tone which blends very well. It has the same cup diameter as a 2L but with a deeper cup giving a rich organ-like sound. The gold rim aids flexibility and has a warmer feel than silver.

AT3U
This new mouthpiece designed by Aaron Tindall is designed for use in all CC tubas. It has a deep Helleberg-style design with slightly straighter sides than the AT2U blending into a concave cup. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and even tone across all registers.

3
This is a small shanked mouthpiece , and is only available in the Classic style. Exceptional air flow for big, dark sound with increased endurance.

3L
Exceptional air flow for big, dark sound with increased endurance.

3SL
Bright-toned mouthpiece idea for F tuba with beautiful projection and solid low notes.

3XL
Like the 3L but with a wider rim for additional comfort and endurance.

3CC
A smaller version of the 2.5CC giving a mouthpiece which is slightly easier to handle producing a warm tone which blends very well. Very easy to play, and ideal for players who prefer a smaller cup diameter.

AT4U
This new mouthpiece designed by Aaron Tindall is designed for use in rotary valve CC tubas. It has a bowl-shaped Fred Geib-style cup. Fred Geib (1871-1950) played tuba in the New York Philharmonic for, amongst others, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. He designed mouthpieces for Gratz and C.G.Conn. His bowl-shaped mouthpiece design brings out the best in rotary valve tubas, giving a great ‘core’ to the sound. The throat is medium-sized, which helps accurate pitching. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and even tone across all registers.

4
This is a small shanked mouthpiece , and is only available in the Classic style. Clear tone with excellent articulation response.

4L
Clear tone with excellent articulation response.

AT5U
This new mouthpiece designed by Aaron Tindall is similar to the AT2U, but with a smaller throat and slightly tighter backbore. It is designed for orchestral F tubas, and has a large cup which is a mixture of a funnel and a bowl with a quite large throat. This is an ideal mouthpiece for an orchestral player using the F tuba. It produces a rich, vibrant sound with plenty of focus. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and vibrant sound with plenty of focus. There is a distinct ‘shelf’ at the bottom of the cup which helps achieve a concentrated power that gives a sound that really projects.

5
This is a small shanked mouthpiece , and is only available in the Classic style. Ideal for F and E♭ tubas. Smaller throat and medium backbore for added support and clarity with excellent projection.

5L
Ideal for F and E♭ tubas. Smaller throat and medium backbore for added support and clarity with excellent projection.

AT6U
This new mouthpiece designed by Aaron Tindall is for F tubas. It has a slightly shallower cup than the AT5U and is more bowl-shaped, giving a powerful, well-centred sound which would be ideal in both orchestral and chamber music playing .The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and vibrant sound with plenty of focus. There is a distinct ‘shelf’ at the bottom of the cup which helps achieve a concentrated power that gives a sound that really projects.

AT7U
This new mouthpiece from Aaron Tindall is designed as a soloist’s mouthpiece for F tuba. It has a centred quality with excellent projection, making it ideal for solo and quintet playing. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and vibrant sound with plenty of focus. There is a distinct ‘shelf’ at the bottom of the cup which helps achieve a concentrated power that gives a sound that really projects.

AT8U
This new mouthpiece from Aaron Tindall is designed as a super-soloist’s mouthpiece for F tuba. It has a brilliant quality with an excellent high register, making it ideal for the rigorous demands of modern solo tuba repertoire. The cup has been designed to give great consistency of tone and a responsive low register, whilst producing a beautiful, singing tone in the high notes. The throat is larger than on some soloist models, allowing the player to produce a full sound across the range. The rim is designed by Warren Deck and is one of the most comfortable on the market. It features just the right amount of width and bite to give the player a sense of comfort and stability. This mouthpiece produces a rich and vibrant sound with plenty of focus. There is a distinct ‘shelf’ at the bottom of the cup which helps achieve a concentrated power that gives a sound that really projects.

 


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