What's The Best Backbore to Match My Top?
When choosing a modular backbore you have to decide on a size (interior contour), weight, length, and material.
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- We make backbores in 6 sizes.
- Some cup depths tend to work better with certain backbores, but to a large extent this is also a matter of personal preference
A good guide to what backbore to choose for a modular mouthpiece is the backbore size used on one piece models.
- Slightly larger than Schilke A backbore.
- Produces a compact lead sound with good upper register support.
- Works well with ES, LV, S cups
- Similar to Warburton KT*
- Slightly more open lead backbore
- Works well with ES, LV, S, MV cups
- Sound between S and M backbores
- Similar to Schilke B, Warburton 7*
- Well matched to MV cups, or MDV when a more compact sound and better upper register support desired
- Medium broad sound suitable for a wide variety of playing situations, very versatile
- Similar to Bach 10, Warburton 8, 8*.
- Well matched to MDV and RT cups
- Broad, resonant sound
- Suitable for orchestra, solo, quintet
- Similar to Bach 24, Warburton 9* to 10*
- For use with MDV and RT cups in an orchestral setting when an extra broad, resonant sound is desired
- Larger than Bach 24, similar to Warburton 11 to 12*
- Extra broad, resonant sound
- ES, LV, S Cups - Small (S) backbore
- MV Cups - Medium (M) backbore
- MDV, RT Cups - Medium Large (ML) backbore
- Choose a heavy weight backbore if you want a darker sound and more secure slotting.
- Heavy weight backbores dampen some of the brighter overtones, producing a darker sound.
- They add core to the sound, make slotting more secure, and reduce cracked notes.
- Heavy backbores also make the mouthpiece slightly less responsive to soft articulation, although this is usually not an issue, since Wedge mouthpieces are more responsive than conventional designs.
- You might notice that articulation is not as crisp when doing multiple tonguing with a heavy weight backbore.
Regular weight backbores provide greater responsiveness, brilliance, and projection.
Choose a regular weight backbore if you want more brilliance and projection or cleaner articulation when multiple tonguing.
Backbores are available in Bb trumpet and C trumpet lengths, determined by the length of the shank.
Using the shorter C trumpet shank shortens the backbore, and therefor the mouthpiece length by about .25 inches
- Adding a C length shank to any Wedge backbore upper of the same size (S, M, ML, ML, L) makes it a C length backbore
- C length backbores shorten the mouthpiece by about .25 inches, making it about the same length as a Monette Bb mouthpiece
- The shorter length improves some of the pitch issues with some C trumpets by raising the pitch of the 4th space E and surrounding notes, reducing the need for alternate fingerings
- Most players find that the C, D, Eb, and E are better in tune as a result
- The shorter overall backbore length also make the mouthpiece have a slightly more open blow and broader, more resonant sound
- Slotting is slightly less defined with the C length backbore
- Some players find that the shorter backbore will also make the G at the top of the staff sharper than usual, which can be an issue on some instruments
- Stainless steel backbores producer brighter sound with more projection compared to brass backbores
- They are especially good at brightening the sound of plastic trumpet tops
- They are more responsive than brass backbores
- Stainless steel backbores produce somewhat less core in the sound compared to brass
- They are somewhat prone to causing more cracked notes compared to brass
Consider a regular weight stainless steel backbore if you want more projection and brilliance in your sound without using a shallower cup. Just be aware of the possibility of more cracked notes.