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Denis Wick had added to two new mouthpieces to their DW/Paxman range of horn mouthpieces. Previously, the largest mouthpiece in this range, with a cup diameter of 18.00mm, was the 4, which offers ideal flexibility and a warm sound. It has become a popular choice for first horn players as well as low horn specialists. Now there are two larger models, the 3, at 18.25mm, and the 2, at 18.50mm.

These larger sizes are now commonly found in orchestras, and offer great range and volume for the strong player. DW/Paxman range of mouthpieces has been developed with LSO principal horn Tim Jones, and uses the ideas underlying the Denis Wick Heritage range. This principle is based on a late 19th century design, where the cup wall is very thin near the mouthpiece rim, combined with the new idea to have substantially more mass lower down the cup.

The results are amazing. The mouthpieces have an immediate, easy response, particularly in the high register, a smooth legato and a sound rich in overtones over the whole range.  

The new models offer great range and volume for the strong player. Although these diameters would have previously been thought very large, mouthpieces of this size are now commonly used by orchestral horn players, and give a very dynamic and exciting sound in large symphonic works.  These mouthpieces will help create an incredibly rich and dark sound.

 

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