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A revolution in trumpet mouthpiece design.

Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece
Created by John Lynch, professional trumpet player and nuclear physicist/engineer, the Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece is an incredible innovation in mouthpiece technology. If you're tired of playing the same old, warmed-over version of a 1938 radially symmetric trumpet mouthpiece, try the new Asymmetric! It extends the range of your trumpet a half-octave! The Lead 342 mouthpiece is the ultimate embodiment of the concept, having laserlike cutting power and a bright, full, brutal sound. Semi-flat upper rim, 24 throat, and a dual semi-tight backbore. Asymmetric Lead 342 mouthpiece comes with pouch and brush.

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"Only good for some people"

by John Parker - 8/3/2009 5:49:10 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
composer and performer Jazz Detroit Michigan
10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

When I heard about this mouthpiece, I was really excited to try it out and get it. So I bought it and started using it. At first I used it for all types of playing. My range did indeed go up (I went from being able to play a double C easily to playing it with no effort, and I could play a few more notes above it) But after I while, I found that it wasn't a good mouthpiece for all around playing. Playing softer, quieter tunes didn't fit well with it. So I started doing a switch back and forth from mouthpiece to mouthpiece. From lead chart to ballad. Soon, my lips started to feel weird after a mouthpiece switch. Before too long, I just went back to playing on my 3C, and then sold the asymmetric. I would only recommend this for people who only play lead, or people whos embochure are naturally the way that this mouthpiece requires. Most people play half upper lip, half lower lip. This mouthpiece requires 1/3 2/3. Only but this if you play that way to begin with.

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by Wike - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
6years jazz, symphonic, wind ensemble, marching band Ontario, California
8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

This is "IT"!!! This mouthpiece will give you the high notes with superb tone; I use the lead 342 for all types of music, and sounds fantastic!! This mouthpiece got me from a high D to a HIGH G!!! Just plain MAGIC!!

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"Only mouthpiece you'll ever need"

by Danny - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High school jazz Indiana
83 people out of 94 found this review helpful

I was skeptical when I heard about this mouthpiece. I read all the reviews and listened to some songs where it was used. I decided I would get it. When I put it on my lips it didn't feel odd. I started playing in the mid-range and it sounded just like my old Bach 7C. I started to go up the staff. I got to what was my limit, a double G above the staff. I didn't have to strain to get it like in the past. I started playing around in the upper range and eventually was able to play a double C. This is the best mouthpiece I have ever played on. It is worth every penny. Great dark tone in the low range.

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"Couldn't live without it"

by Bob Sherman - 7/4/2011 3:27:56 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist legit, mostly baroque Gaithersburg MD
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This mpc is miraculous. It is the only mpc I use on picc. I use a Warburton cornet shank for the Schilke picc, and that works fine. Both range and endurance are immensely improved over any conventional mpc, and the tone is not overbright and hard as is the case with other shallow-cup eauipment. Example: My endurance is weak, and on Handel's "Bright Seraphim" I've always sweated blood by the end of the repeat. Now I can do the whole thing three times through back-to-back with all repeats, no strain I'm convinced the reason the Lead works better than the 3C+ is the Lead's larger diameter. On my E3L I actually get dramatically better midrange and lows with the Lead than with the 3C+. Now if John would only make a 3C+ and an Opera with the rim diameter of the Lead, or perhaps even a bit larger, that would be magic.

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"Very Good Mouthpeice"

by Jimmy - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
student Jazz Canada
7 people out of 25 found this review helpful

This is a very good mouthpeice - amazing.

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