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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. Â
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.Â These mouthpieces will help create an incredibly rich and dark sound.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell Esq, presented a certificate signed by the Queen and crystal rose bowl to Denis Wick last week at the Dorset factory where Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces are made. The citation, written on a scroll, was read out to the members of the workforce and guests by the Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Mrs Marilyn Porter MVO. The award was made in the category of International Trade in recognition of the achievement of Denis Wick Products in exporting their brass instrument accessories all over the world.
Denis Wick started making mutes and mouthpieces 46 years ago in 1968, and the company has grown over the years and now employs 22 people in their Hamworthy factory. The company’s products are well-known amongst brass players across the world and are recognised as being some of the best-designed and highest quality accessories on the market.
Denis Wick paid tribute to the dedicated and loyal workforce, addressing his remarks to the assembled staff, suppliers and guests:."This is all about what you have achieved. From the making of the mouthpieces and mutes, to putting the labels on the boxes and selling our products in worldwide markets, everyone has contributed so much to the success of the company. This award is all about you - such wonderful friends. I feel we are a very special company and this award shows that."
Stephen Wick spoke of his father: "His inspiration has been the driving force for the company - one which I have been honoured to carry one. The commitment to quality and innovation of everyone associated with Denis Wick Products has been the foundation of our success - led of course by a very special man."
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Steven Mead to become International Ambassador for Denis WickDenis Wick Products is very pleased to announce that Steven Mead is to take on a new role as International Ambassador for the Denis Wick brand. Steven will be involved in promoting Denis Wick mutes, mouthpieces and accessories all over the world. He will also be involved in the design, development and testing of new products. He leads an incredibly busy life as an internationally-famous soloist and recording artist and will bring his considerable energies to promoting Denis Wick Products through his concerts and masterclasses.
Shoichiro Hokazono was a welcome visitor to the Denis Wick factory, bringing four euphonium students from Japan with him. Shoichiro is a virtuoso euphonium soloist and was voted ‘Euphonium Player of the Year’ at the Euphonium and Tuba Conference of 1997. He has won major international prizes for his playing and has achieved wide recognition for his great artistry. He developed the 842 ‘Custom’ euphonium with Yamaha, and now plays a Besson ‘Prestige’. He visited the British Brass Band Championships with Steven Mead (see photo) before coming to Dorset to visit the Denis Wick works. During his visit he spent some time developing ideas for new euphonium products. Watch this space for forthcoming details!
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