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K&G were delighted to hear from top Salvation Army cornet player, Michael Baker. Michael also frequently plays with the New Jersey Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Of his recently purchased K&G 2B cornet mouthpiece, Michael told K&...
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The K&G mouthoieces are something I've been looking for all my life, as a trombonist tubista and trumpeter always looked for the greatest comfort in my nozzles without sacrificing sound and quality, it was until my friend Dennis introduced me to his fantastic work that I learned that What I look for all life in the world already existed, the fantastic K&G mouthpieces.
International Multi Instrumentalist and Soloist
'I’ve been aware of K&G for a few years now, but I’ve only recently thought to actually try out their equipment and see what’s what. I wish I had done it sooner! The new 3.5D mouthpiece is incredibly comfortable and produces a full, rich sound. In the short time I’ve been playing, I’ve noticed definite improvements in sound, accuracy and flexibility, as well as the ability to control my sound in all ranges and dynamics. If you’re ever in the position to try one, I urge you to do so. You won’t be disappointed!'
Principal Euphonium player with the Black Dyke Brass Band
'The K&G T6B mouthpiece is an excellent choice of mouthpiece for orchestral, solo and chamber music. After several months of using it in the operatic and ballet repertoire in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, and also on recitals with our Busina Brass Quintet, I have come to the conclusion that the mouthpiece is engineered with such delicacy and perfection that the sound that it produces is warm and round in all registers. It is very difficult to miss a note even in the most extreme piano dynamics. It feels very flexible throughout the trombone high and low range, gives a direct response and the sound is very centered and focused. The rim is very comfortable and enables for extended time of playing, which is specially helpful in the long opera and ballet performances.
I highly recommend these excellent mouthpieces by Kurun & Gilbert and thank them for producing such a versatile mouthpiece for trombone.
Ivan Bošnjak Principal trombone Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Principal trombone No Borders Orchestra Busina Brass Quintet'.
Principal trombone at the Croatian National Orchestra in Zagreb
'' I have been looking for a mouthpiece that fits me perfectly and I can say that the K&G 1F mouthpiece is the best I’ve played, and I would be more than willing to play on K&G exclusively for the rest of my career! After trying many of the top brands of tuba mouthpiece, nothing has quite come close to the perfect balance of precision, and flexibility throughout the entire register of the instrument, than K&G. It’s a brilliantly crafted mouthpiece and is one that I enjoy playing on immensely.”
Principal BBb Tuba player with the Fairey Brass Band
" K&G mouthpieces are exactly what I was looking for.
Working as a freelancer musician, I need to be able to play and blend in different music environments, so now I can play every music style with them, they are so versatile.
I can color the sound as like I want, the rim is so comfortable and the craftsmanship is superb.
They project a lot, and articulation is so clear and easy.
I suggest K&G Mouthpieces to everyone"
Freelance Jazz Artist, Milan
"I was looking for the most beautiful and mellow sound possible. The K&G mouthpiece makes that possible without becoming fuzzy and airy. It keeps core as well. Its very easy to play virtuoso passages and flexibillity is second to none without the loss of comfort. For me its the best mouthpiece I have ever played and I tried practically everything on the market. Highly recommend it. It will jump start your improvement as a Cornetist".
Frank De Boer
International Cornet Soloist and Geneva artist, Netherlands
“Finally ....I can now go onstage with only 1 mouthpiece instead of 2 or 3. I'm very pleased to announce that after a short trial, I will be playing on a K&G mouthpiece for the foreseeable future. It has a marvellous range and a rich, wonderful tone. Also, this mouthpiece is very comfortable on the lips. I am quite confident that this is the finest product on the market today!”
International Cornet Soloist and Geneva artist, UK
"From the start I really enjoyed playing the mouthpiece. Good projection of the sound, real smooth playing because of the soft rim and in articulation everything felt amazingly natural. I tried several mouthpieces but I was really flabbergasted about the quality of K&G. I played several solo concerts and even last week with symphony orchestra, and it fitted every need! Really happy about this choice"
International Solo Euphonium and Sterling Vitruoso artist, Netherlands
"As a Euphonium player, I am so proud of this remarkable mouthpiece. It gives me that beautiful euphonium sound as well as improved projection and articulation. Throughout these two years I’m using this mouthpiece I feel much more comfort and stamina as well much control in all dynamics. I would recommend it to everyone. Well done guys."
Graduated with honours in trombone in 1998 at Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute of Catania under the guide of M° Camillo Pavone. He continued his studies at the Advanced Conservatory of Paris(2002) and then at Saint Cecilia Academy in Rome(2003) under the guide of M°J.Mauger. He has won several national and international competitions, such as the 2nd International Competition of Music for Young Interpreters "City of Chieri", where he played accompanied by the Turin Royal Theatre Orchestra. He has won the 18th International Trombone Competition “City of Porcia”(2007) and the 5th International Trombone Competition of Jeju 2008(South Korea). He has won several auditions for trombone. He has performed in Italy and in foreign countries as trombone soloist and as part of various formation. He is part of the Sicilian Brass Quintet, with whom he has recorded two discs and the Sciara Quartet, formation that has won several national competitions. He has recorded a concert as trombone soloist in the disc “A bridge to Brasil”. Since 2003 he has covered the role of first trombone in the Orchestra of the Theatre Maximum “V.Bellini” of Catania. To the intense concert activity he places side by side the didactic activity: he is in fact teacher of the course of specialization for trombone at the “V.Bellini” Institute of Caltanissetta,and held numerous master classes in Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Hungary, Korea, Spain, Colombia, etc ..
He collaborate as principal Trombone with “Teatro alla Scala” of Milan and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome .
International trombone soloist and Courtois artist
Having heard my lower brass colleagues all talk glowingly about the K&G mouthpieces I was very interested when Kurun asked if I would try the new K&G trumpet prototypes. Previously I have not changed my general mouthpiece for many years but now I have been playing on this K&G prototype for 6 months now. My immediate impression was that the rim was comfortable and supportive and, with time, I have noticed how this has helped my stamina. I found the air flow very consistent, enabling increased control, particularly giving a benefit in the lower and higher register extremes and at all dynamic ranges. The sound quality is excellent with the ability to deliver a mellow round sound when required but still provide a vibrant and powerful tone without ever breaking. For me this makes the mouthpiece suitable for all styles and ensembles. The note production and slotting is very centred and the intonation is very consistent throughout the range. The K&G mouthpiece has certainly given me extra benefits on all aspects of performance and I have now adopted this as my preferred mouthpiece. Thanks for asking me to be involved in the initial trials. I hope the comments are useful and other players can try and find similar results in the future. Good luck!
Trumpet and cornet soloist, lead trumpet player of the Versatile Brass
I'm really surprised by the quality and it plays really comfortably! The soft rim is great, and the sound is much more warm then my previous mouthpiece. Projection is better and endurance gets better!
International Euphonium virtuoso, Sterling Artist, Netherlands
I've had a chance to play on the mouthpieces you sent. You sent me the T5C, the OD, and the OE. Last night I played a jazz big band concert with the OE. It's really a wonderful mouthpiece. Extremely comfortable, consistent sound throughout the registers, and a nice "pop" to the sound when you want it. As someone who mostly plays tenor trombone I have found it usually takes a few hours on bass before I can get the sound I'm looking for. This does not seem to be the case with the OE. I felt like I could get the sound I wanted as soon as I picked up the horn. The OD was also nice, just a little smaller than my preference.
As far as the T5C the two things that jump out tome is how comfortable it is on the face, and the ease in the high register. Flexibility and articulation is also extremely easy. On Monday I'm playing the Grondahl Concerto with a Wind Ensemble and I'm curious about the projection. The mouthpiece reminds me of a Laskey mouthpiece, but with a much more comfortable rim. All in all an extremely nice product.
In summation the OE is the best bass trombone mouthpiece I've ever played. The T5C is great. Really comfortable and easy.
These are really wonderful products. I'm proud to be endorsing them. I think they will be very popular here in the USA. I highly recommend them. Cheers!
Professor of Low Brass at Presbyterian College, South Carolina, USA
I'm very proud of you guys.They not only look fascinating but the result of playing is superb. I've been trusted testing with you all these months and finally here is the final product. You made my life much easier regarding playing, finding solution for all the difficulties I had, especially when shifting from euphonium to trombone, keeping the best results on both instruments when all genres of music are played. This is a product that I'm sure will be making thousands of players around the globe as happy as I am. Wish you luck and success.
Principal Trombonist of Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Versatile Brass