Principal Trumpet, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra
Solo Cornet, Hannaford Street Silver Band
Like most people, I always thought that cornet mouthpieces could either have a deep, rich, authentic cornet sound, OR be comfortable and in tune. The Sparx mouthpiece, however, is both better-sounding AND easier to play than any cornet mouthpiece I have tried. It has the warmth to blend in a brass band, coupled with the breadth and presence needed to play in an orchestra. The sound, response, and intonation are remarkably consistent from top to bottom, and the rim is comfortable without compromising flexibility or articulation. This is a truly excellent mouthpiece, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to produce a “real” cornet sound.