Trumpet Mouthpiece thoughts; the Van Cleave way

I found this article on Phil Rinaldi's site and he has graciously allowed me to duplicate it here for you.  It was written by the great trumpet player/designer Mark Van Cleave.  Interestingly, I have never met Mark or know his teaching but I COMPLETELY agree with what he has to say in his article.  In fact, if you take the time to read both of our articles, you will find a lot of similarities!…

What Trumpet Do You Play?

Over the years I have had a number of people ask me what horns I play.  Instruments are a very personal decision and my thoughts are only my opinion, so here goes.  I am very proud to own and play Eclipse trumpets and Flugel horn.  I own a LHY Bb and C trumpet in gold plate, a Red Brass Flugel in raw, and the most recent addition to the family is an Eclipse piccolo in polished gold plate.  The…

The Greatest Trumpet Cases in the World

Those of you that know me know that I am perhaps the biggest trumpet equipment geek out there.  (With the possible exception of my dear friend, Trent Austin who is one of my favorite players and has recently opened his own music store in the Boston area.  I can’t think of anyone that I would rather talk with about buying a trumpet.  Trent has either played or owned every trumpet ever made!  Check…

Thoughts on Mouthpieces

I have been asked at clinics about mouthpieces and how many are the right amount to play or if you should play everything on one mouthpiece.  I have read that Miles Davis played the same mouthpiece he got in junior high his entire career.  I have also played with the magnificent lead, jazz, commercial player, Lew Soloff who actually had a mouthpiece belt so he could easily grab a different…