I have to start by saying that Trent's TA-1 mouthpiece has been the best thing ever to happen to my trumpet playing. During the 6 or so years since I have been working with Trent, my sound, range, endurance, articulation, comfort level and all-around ability have grown at a great pace and the TA-1 has been the most important tool supporting my progress. Last week I received the Generation II TA-3 Mouthpiece Top. OMG!!! The features that have served me so well, but with a wider "3" size rim. My skepticism disappeared after 2 days of shedding and 3 rehearsals. The rim is very comfortable. Better articulation and I found the upper register easier with no loss of endurance. I found it easier to play and articulate soft passages and a wider variety of sound colours came easier. I also found my sound blended better with my "Bachist" section-mates. The mouthpiece top is lighter than my TA-1 top, by a half an ounce. Also, the cup is more bowl shaped and it appears a bit shallower. At first, I thought the sound was a bit brighter, but after using it for over a week and pairing it with my MT Slug backbore, The sound is round and dark. I couldn't be more Psyched!! Thank you, again, Trent, for another winner. Let me know if we can do one in copper.
For 6 years I have been waiting for this moment and it's finally here! A fully 100% in-house made mouthpiece!
We are beyond excited to proudly present the ACB Gen II tops!
Why go to a new series of mouthpieces?
It's simple: We can control every aspect of manufacturing. No more delays via suppliers and platers (we are doing plating as well and plating is guaranteed for life based on normal wear). We can easily edit and make custom pieces quickly. Our tolerances are superb, our quality control is meticulous since we now can control every single piece. Engraving is simple, easy to read. We will soon have GEN II one-piece mouthpieces (most likely in one month or so) but right now we are offering the following tops, including some new pieces exclusive to the Gen II line!
Here's a quick comparison chart of our new Gen II tops. We are currently working on SolidWorks renderings and those will be up shortly as well.
1C: This is my take on an older Bach 1C but improved throat blend into the bowl (which is large). It feels significantly more efficient and sounds more energized while maintaining a rich core throughout the registers.
1.25CS: This is one of my most popular pieces in the ACB line and features a traditional 1.25 rim and modified CS style bowl. It also has a much more efficient entrance into the throat. It helps the articulation and adds a lively "zip" to the sound. It is especially good on vintage trumpets or overly dark horns to make them "speak".
1.5R: Similar to the 1.25C in cup design except with a bit more crispness overall this is a great 1 1/2 diameter offering we recently launched and is very popular.
3C: A take on a fantastic Bach (from the late 60's) 3C which I have never played a 3C like it. I think the added mass and proper matching backbore for this piece make this a formidable all-around mouthpiece!
3S: A shallow bowl mouthpiece with my Gen II 3C rim. This produces wonderful efficiency and is fantastic for players who would like more zip and pop but prefer staying on larger diameter pieces.
TA-3: Many people have asked for a larger diameter version of my popular Gen I TA-1 mouthpiece (the first mouthpiece I ever designed on CAD software). This is a streamlined version of that piece with a bit more efficiency. To me it's a "game-changer" for my playing as it is capable of a huge amount of tonal colors and depth. This is bound to be a hugely popular piece in the line and we hope you check out the video above of the TA-3. Check out a clip of the TA-3 in action.
TA-4: A high compression piece similar to my popular TA-Z (Zing!) but with a slightly deeper cup and more relaxed entrance into the shallow bowl which will help people who tend to "Bottom out" on shallower pieces.
TA-Z: The TA-Z (or "Zing") might be one of the most comfortable commercial mouthpieces I've designed that can still maintain a beautiful sound from Pedal C to Double C and above. It features a .625 diameter with a medium flat rim and shallow hybrid V/S cup.
We have many in stock and ready for shipment. Minimum wait time for these pieces will be 3 weeks if it's not yet built.
Special Pre-order pricing will be available for a limited time and with free US shipping!
Call the Mouthpiece Hotline with questions or to place an order! +1-781-816-9664
I consulted with Trent about my mouthpiece needs and he nailed it. My 13A4a and E8.4 were ok, but I hears complaints about my shrill overly bright tone and wanted a better sound. Trent recommended this top in the 3S with the ACB T backbore. Much better sound now and it feels great. thanks Trent.
Just received my TA4 top from you guys and it is so well designed. Big enough for all around work, but efficient enough to bring some zip above the staff when needed. This will serve as a great crossover piece in my arsenal, and has ended my search for a good piccolo mouthpiece. Kudos for another home run, Trent!