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Today I played on an old army Conn trumpet from the early fifties. Satin silver with gold wash inner bell. I got it for $25.00 years ago. I tried my Marcinkiewicz model 3 mouthpiece. Mercy! That was sweet I'll try again tomorrow to see if I was just dreaming LOL
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Sometimes just finding the right leadpipe/mouthpiece match up makes the difference. I remember during a lesson with Claudo Roditi that he gave me a trumpet to try, saying he just got it for $75 at a street sale. I played it, handed it back and said, "Claudio, it sounds like a $75 trumpet." He then handed me back the horn with a mouthpiece he found for it, and I played it and boy did that horn sing.
He then gave me a session on sound waves exiting the mouthpiece and its impact on sound wave frequency hitting the leadpipe at it's peak amplitude. He then took me to Jarome Callet's studio where Jarome hand lathed a new mouthpiece for my Olds Recording. While I was happy with my original sound, man did the hand lathed enhancement really open up the sound of that horn.
So yes, it appears you found the mouthpiece that hits the sweet spot of your horn.
I totally agree.
I have said for years that the instrument, the mouthpiece and the embouchure form a system and all parts can either work against each other and the result is unhappiness or they all can work together and the result is joy.
Our task is to discover this joyous combination.
A few days ago I handed a 1948 Besson New Creation trumpet to a teacher for him to try and he clung on to it noodling and playing all sorts on it, he loved it and was having so much fun he didnt want to give it back. I got it back eventually.
Old instruments so often give new joy. They are a gift to us that just keeps on giving.