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Trumpet/Cornet Mouthpiece Receiver


I bought a totally beat-up cornet on eBay, and the leadpipe/shank was missing. Since it was a low-budget "goof-off" type of project, I fitted a piece of straight brass tubing into it and soldered it solidly.  I then fitted a clamp around the end of the tubing to help stop the tubing from flaring out and inserted a cornet mouthpiece. The battered old horn plays decently enough for my informal purposes. I'm wondering what effect the absence of a proper receiver would have on the horn's ability to play and be played properly? I'm assuming it isn't best practice.

Bill, Sorry but I have been so busy I missed your question. The biggest drawback to your "goof-off" receiver will be the gap and fit of the mouthpiece. It will make the slotting less precise and the intonation will be off by a bit. But if you only use it at home it will play ok. It will sound off though and you may find yourself "lipping" all the notes into pitch. The problem with that is it will tire you out a lot quicker.


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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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