THE MOUTHPIECE – LINK BETWEEN THE WIND PLAYER AND THE INSTRUMENT
Due to its function the mouthpiece is very important, as it needs to suite for the wind player and must help him fulfil his personal ideas and desires in regard to lip, timbre, sound quality, competence and stamina. The mouthpieces of the comprehensive JK programme help the wind player to achieve the best sound and to meet his individual demands in an easier way. The characteristic sections of a mouthpiece form a functional unit. Even slight changes on a mouthpiece section cause a changed behaviour of the mouthpiece. For the conscious selection of the right mouthpiece, the relationship between the shape and the function of the particular parts must be understood. The basic knowledge is the following:
DECISIVE FOR EXCELLENT SOUND AND RESPONSE QUALITY
During the development of the JK mouthpieces, we paid special attention not only to the functional interplay of the particular sections of the mouthpiece but also to the material selection. Only this way, we could achieve the excellent sound and response quality. Thanks to the use of a mouthpiece that is coated with precious metals (silver plated), a change of the surface due to sweat or saliva can be avoided.
By the help of the K- and M- series the french horn player will be able to achieve different sound ideas with the same cup and rim diameter. The M series is distinguished by a brilliant sound with clear timbre. It is made possible by a more round and flat cup. In contrast, the somewhat deeper cone-shaped cup of the K- series supports a classic dark timbre. Furthermore the rims are more rounded. This way, K- and M- models help to meet the miscellaneous demands of the fremch horn player. All Josef Klier mouthpieces manufactured in several types.
I have purchased 3 Klier horn mouthpieces recently from Pope. I have a "K" series which is a conical cup, and "M" series which is more bowl oriented and a Vienna for my Vienna horn. All three mouthpieces are very well made, great focus in all ranges and quick response.