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Alto Horn Mouthpieces

Of all the playing techniques that come together to contribute to an alto horn performance, none is more important than the embouchure. You can think of your mouthpiece as the sound generation center of the instrument, and the tone it creates is the canvas that all the other parts have to work with. No wonder, then, that alto horn mouthpieces are replaceable: since they play such a key role in the overall sound of your instrument, it's completely expected that you'll try different ones until you find a favorite that delivers your preferred sound. Ask any experienced alto horn player and they'll tell you that the mouthpiece makes the horn!

With that said, you don't need to break the bank to get a great-sounding mouthpiece. The Bach and Denis Wick Alto Horn Mouthpieces in Silver are excellent performers that won't stretch your budget, so if you're equipping a first horn or looking for a "daily driver" mouthpiece that you won't feel guilty about subjecting to heavy use, these are the ones to look at. They're respectable upgrades over stock mouthpieces, and come well-recommended by players of all kinds.

If, on the other hand, you're looking to go the extra mile with a premium mouthpiece, check out some of the higher-end options such as the Denis Wick Heritage Series Alto Horn Mouthpiece. This vintage-styled, two-tone model has its weight carefully distributed to improve the power of the sound without sacrificing control. It's a callback to the famed Hawkes Company mouthpieces of the 1880s, with a dose of modern technology applied to refine that design even further.

Ultimately, the perfect alto horn mouthpiece for you is a matter of personal preference. While many players will appreciate a prestigious model like the Denis Wick Heritage Series mouthpiece, it's entirely possible that you might prefer the tone from a more basic one. You're the only person fully qualified to know your own tastes, so think about what kind of tonal quality you want to get out of your mouthpiece. Base your decision on that, and you can't go wrong.