AR Resonance Mouthpieces
Unlike anyone else on this board, I have been on a number of mouthpiece safaris over the years ;-D. That ended a while back when I tried the Harrelson 5MM system. But as I get older and my teeth have shifted together a bit, I was having some playing issues that made me decide to try to a smaller diameter mouthpiece with a wider rim to see if it improved my playing comfort. Coming from the 3C family of MPs, I tried a Bach 7CW and 7DW and found that the 7DW worked really well for me. At that time, Harrelson didn't have the 7W rim in stock (they do now) and I saw a new model introduced by Tony at AR Resonance on Instagram that caught my attention. A local friend had been very pleased with his AR Resonance mouthpieces, so I decided to reach out to see if they could make something similar in spec to the 7DW.
Their website: https://www.arresonance.com/mouthpieces
Dama con Arpa Ritorta model. Material = bronze with gold plating.
Email response, back and forth discussion of my needs and wants, overall customer service, fairly short build time and the quality of what I received combined for a totally fabulous experience. I would highly recommend to any/all players. Best of all = I love how it feels on my chops and how it plays = #epico!
FWIW: I had played an AR mouthpiece at the 2015 ITG but was not wanting to pay the asking price at that time. I know some may think the same. My wife ultimately is responsible for helping 'get over' the price barrier, encouraging me to spend the money on 'what I love to do'. So, whether student, pro, high caliber amateur, hobbyist, daily player, come-back player, or other ... I encourage you to check out this brand. I just ordered another for my flugel and can't wait to receive it.
Richard III last edited by
So it looks like it is gold plated. That goes for:
271.23 United States Dollar
I'm trying to wrap my head around spending that much money for a mouthpiece.
tjveloce last edited by
Monette mouthpieces are gold plated, and while I was a skeptic before I became a customer, I’m now sold. The way they feel on your chops is, in my view, worth it, along with they way they work for me. They’re about $400 for the Prana model if memory serves and I use one in my flugelhorn and one in my trumpet.
Hi @richard-iii, I felt that way in the past. Most of us get to decide what to spend our time and money on. Monette and other mp’s are in that ballpark too. After playing it, I consider it money well spent. Thankful I have the ability and option to do so.
Added: tj was replying at the same time … glad to see the price comparison.
Dale Proctor last edited by
I like gold plated mouthpieces, too, and have a few, but the price of gold has gotten a little out of hand. I can think of better ways to spend my money...
GeorgeB last edited by
Even though I used a Bach gold rimmed mp in my younger playing days, I am now finding age has made me a wet player and though I own and love my Denis Wick 5X gold mouthpiece, the lips seem to stick. I have to use a little Vaseline and am not so cool with that. So no, I am not a gold mp fan.
@dr-go Nah, It's not age but chattering the teeth from living through all those cold Cincinnati Winters!
= that is the truth!
In case you didn't know ... AR Resonance does offer silver-plated. I just opted for the gold finish. I was trying to discuss this brand ... not just a gold finish vs silver or plastic.
Additionally: Tony at AR Resonance states this about the material used to make the mp: 'Nickel silver has a much faster response and sounds pretty bright and precise. Bronze has a very full and resonant sound and fast response but not as fast as nickel silver. Brass sounds like ... brass :)'
Is this Adam Rapa's line of equipment?
Shepherds_Crook last edited by
@administrator Adam’s brand = Lotus.