I am a self-taught trumpeter and am struggling with my embrochure.  I try to get a clear tone, then I get static like on the radio.  I need to get it more consistent and I wonder if my lip stays in the right place.  I also play bass trumpet and seem to do better with the larger mouthpiece.  Would a larger mouthpiece help on my regular trumpet?

Maybe yes, maybe no. The trumpet is the hardest instrument to play, and you're trying to do it unguided.

You can certainly go to the music store and try the mouthpieces they have for that purpose. If a larger piece works for you, that's terrific.

What I really suggest you do is find a private teacher. You don't have to take weekly lessons and spend a lot of money, but a lesson or two and coming along to try mouthpieces and guide you to the right one is a very good use of your limited time and money.

If you must do it on your own... pick used mouthpieces either at the local store or on eBay.

I wish you would have said what size you play on, but I like the Schilke 14 for an average size to try out. Not a fan of the Bach 3C, which is a popular choice.


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Thomas Krueger


I can answer your questions about Buescher trumpets and cornets. I have been playing Buescher for 35 years and collecting for 7.


I first started playing my grandfather's Buescher 400 trumpet in 1975. Since then I have done a lot of research, including original catalogs and advertisements that I own, correspondence with other Buescher owners, and obtaining my own Buescher collection, including six trumpets and three cornets.

I am a technical writer with 15 years experience. I have also been playing trumpet since 1975 and collecting Buescher for the past 7 years.

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