Bracegirdle's innovative new mouthpiece design
manufactured by Stork Custom Mouthpieces:
Lee has developed a new and innovative mouthpiece
that will benefit many horn players.
The cup and backbore are based on a traditional
"Vienna" model (Tilz WM3)
The rim contour and thickness is Stork's
standard 'W' rim, similar to the Farkas MC
Lee's preferred bore size is U.S. 'standard
wire' drill #10 (equivalent to 4.9mm) and
his rim inner diameter is 18mm.
John Stork can alter these sizes according
to your preference. The mouthpiece is available
with your choice of
American or European shank.
The deep, straight funnel-shaped Vienna-style
cup of the Stork Custom LB model produces
powerful richness and warmth of sound,
while the clean-cut 'shoulder' at the base
of the cup aids with clarity of articulation
and adds an appropriate amount of higher
But the most innovative aspect of this new
design is the outer contour of the rim and
hence the overall outside shape of the mouthpiece.
As you can see in the photos there is very
little outer rim 'overhang' or edge. I have
designed this with lower lip comfort in mind.
There is just enough outer edge on the rim
to give a 'bite' or 'feel' to where it sits
on the lower lip, but it does not dig into
the lip. This is particularly advantageous
to players who use an 'einsetzen' embouchure,
however 'ansetzen' players will also benefit
from the comfort and ease of playing that
Most horn players - whether they classify
their embouchure as 'einsetzen' or 'ansetzen'
- sit the rim into the lower lip to some
degree, even if they don't place it fully
into the lip's 'red meat'. An endemic problem
with most mouthpieces is that their outer
rim profile can dig a 180° groove into the
lower lip muscle. Over prolonged periods
of playing this can cause unnecessary fatigue
and lack of fluency between the high and
low registers, and can actually put permanent
indentation into the lower lip muscle, even
damage or tear it.
Some existing rim designs such as the Giardinelli
'C' or 'B' also address this, but are extremely
thin. This works for some players, but those
who need a bit more rim surface will find
that my new design resolves this issue without
being overly thin.
To order a Stork Custom LB mouthpiece visit:
Stork Custom Mouthpieces
Tel: 1 802 454 1004
160 Holt Road