Tom in Lincolnshire

Proud Father of Two Trumpeters

Hi Ted,
Years ago I bought a Sparx Cornet mouthpiece for my youngest daughter who was around 8 years of age at the time. She loved playing it on her Besson cornet and still does. I recall that I got in touch to say how impressed I was with the quality of the piece and the speed of delivery.

Why or how we then came to have an instant messenger conversation of some kind, I can’t remember at this distance in time, but we did and you asked if you could ‘speak’ directly to my daughter briefly to ask for her feedback on the mouthpiece as a player. She told you she liked the comfort of the mouthpiece and how it played. She was also impressed that the maker himself sought her opinion of it.

Now, a lot of years later I’m after a mouthpiece for my eldest daughter, Jane, who also plays cornet – a restored American King Master from the 1950’s, in the London Brass Band. I’ve included a link to a Youtube clip in which she’s talking about the brass band she belongs to. She’s a professional actress so she freely volunteered for the interview when everyone else seemed to back away 😊.

She is a 2nd or 3rd cornet player and I want to buy her a Sparx for her birthday. I’m not a player myself but I can tell you that she likes a more mellow sound rather than a bright tone, although Her King Master does seem to have a quite a bit of a Trumpet character to its tone compared to the Besson. If you could point me in the right direction regarding your range of mouthpieces that would fit her King Master, and her tone preference, I would be very grateful. Thank you.

All the best,


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