Monette mouthpieces are revolutionary. Since 1985, David G. Monette Corporation has been designing mouthpieces to do what no other mouthpiece has ever done: provide constant pitch center, regardless of how loud or soft, or how low or high a musician plays. This acoustical innovation improves every aspect of brass instrument performance---sound, response, intonation, and endurance. Constant pitch center designs allow brass players more freedom to devote their efforts to making music, rather than to compensating for the acoustical flaws of their equipment. The STC-1 is the standard weight model, designed for use in non-Monette instruments, and comes in either the Classic design, or the new Prana design.
Monette Prana mouthpieces may be the biggest single improvement in Monette equipment ever. Prana means the "energy of life." Appropriately named, Prana mouthpieces provide more brilliance and color in the sound, a more open, centered and effortless response, and a noticeably easier upper register! They also provide improved intonation and an overall ease of playing not found even in Classic Monette mouthpieces. If you aren't sure which configuration is right for you, click here to read further commentary on Classic and Prana Monette mouthpiece designs.
How to Select a Monette Mouthpiece
Because of the inconsistent playing qualities found in conventional mouthpiece designs, players have become accustomed to accepting compromises in mouthpiece size in order to maintain a given range and endurance in their playing. Monette mouthpieces are designed to eliminate these frustrating compromises and to promote an easier and more consistent approach to equipment selection.
Monette constant pitch center mouthpiece designs negate the old rules of choosing equipment, including how to pick the best size mouthpiece for a given musical task. One of Monette's primary goals in working with clients is to help them let go of old ideas about how they listen to themselves as they play, how they choose instruments, and how they choose mouthpiece sizes.
If brass players only had to play in the middle register and for no more than an octave in range, most players would be using a larger mouthpiece than they currently use. When choosing your first Monette mouthpiece, we generally suggest trying a size that is at least a little bit larger than you may be accustomed to. A slightly larger size in Monette equipment will actually enhance one’s upper register and fill out one’s sound because it encourages the player to play down into the center of the equipment in a way that is not possible on conventional equipment.
Not only do players find that using larger sizes is advantageous when using Monette mouthpieces, but they also find they can more easily change mouthpiece sizes for different styles of playing without suffering the usual acclimation problems.
All Monette mouthpieces come with larger throat sizes than most players of conventional mouthpieces have been accustomed to. The throat sizes for each model are optimized for each individual mouthpiece design. When larger throats are used in conventional mouthpieces, the upper register goes even flatter than it already does with traditional, mass-produced designs; with Monette constant-pitch-center designs, this is no longer an issue.
When playing Monette mouthpieces, it is essential to play without the physical adjustments we have learned to make for the inconsistent pitch center of conventional equipment. For more information, please refer to Monette's essay on Pitch Center, Body Use, and Resonance, and the Acclimation Guide.
Click here to read Norlan Bewley's excellent review of Monette mouthpieces.
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