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Hi Mike,

Here i go again. I would like to know the meaning of a cross over Mouthpiece. I just purchased a Curry 1.5 DE and it seems to have all the qualities i am looking for. It plays Like A 3C. Do you know anything about these pieces and is it good for orchestra and solo playing. I have been fighting with my mouthpieces . I have a Wedge Plastic B3C and Austin custom Brass 3B and there are some things i like about each mouthpiece but dosent have all the qualities of the Curry. I am trying to get off this Mouthpiece Safari. So what Do you think?

Raymond, I am a firm believer that you have to feel comfortable with what you are playing. If you think the DE is what you like then go with it. I know some teachers suggest matching style of play with a particular model, but I don't subscribe to that theory. Stop switching and start doing the work to develop your sound and endurance on the DE.  


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Mike Pawul


I am familiar with most trumpets, cornets, and flugelhorns. I can answer most questions about playing and musicality. Best of all, if I can't answer it directly I play regularly in several bands and have many "old timers" that are familiar with most things that I am not. I collect, repair, and refinish old and new horns and have sold over 1700 with more than 900 on ebay


I have played since 1965 and studied with many directors and trumpeters. I have been collecting since 2002 and have over 150 horns in my personal collection. I have done repair and refinsh since 2003 and have done work on over 2500 horns.

Kosair Shrine Brass Band and Dance Band, The Notables, The New Tones, Bourbon City Brass Band, River Cities Concert Band, Derby City Brass Band, University of Louisville Community Band, Member of Trumpet Players International Network (TPIN), Bugles Across America (BAA), Member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT)

I played at Brunswick High School. I played through college and have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College. Of course, I am still learning from all my friends that play and work on trumpets around the world.

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Without being vain, numerous awards and have played in several honor bands.

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