Because of your mouthpiece, I sound better
I ordered 2 of your mouthpieces to try on my Yamaha 842 euphonium. The first one was an SM2 and the latest one is now the SM4 on advice from my teacher. Before I tell you the results, my story will be of interest to you.I started playing euphonium at 6 years of age.
After High School I was principal euphonium soloist with the Marine Corps Band in Quantico Virginia. It has been 24 years since I have played my euphonium. I just bought this Yamaha (because I cannot find a good Besson here) and I started playing again. In just 2 weeks I can now play for 3 hours a day and please believe the following statement:
BECAUSE OF YOUR MOUTHPIECE I SOUND BETTER AFTER NOT PLAYING FOR 24 YEARS THAN I DID WHEN I WAS PLAYING IN THE MARINE CORPS BAND!
Now, that is the honest truth. Your mouthpieces, the SM4 especially, fits my horn perfectly and I am absolutely amazed at how well it is suited to the euphonium player.
I used to play a Schilke 58 in my Besson and then a Bach 1 1/2G.I just cannot tell you how thankful I am to you for two reasons:
Not only are you a great euphonium player, you are a great mouthpiece maker.
The reason I started playing again, is because I heard a CD of you playing with the Breeze Brass Band and something just made me want to start playing again. I am now so happy I started playing again! Thank you so much for all you have done for me. I am now 44 years old and plan on making up for some lost time.