Denis Wick had added to two new mouthpieces to their DW/Paxman range of horn mouthpieces. Previously, the largest mouthpiece in this range, with a cup diameter of 18.00mm, was the 4, which offers ideal flexibility and a warm sound. It has become a popular choice for first horn players as well as low horn specialists. Now there are two larger models, the 3, at 18.25mm, and the 2, at 18.50mm.
These larger sizes are now commonly found in orchestras, and offer great range and volume for the strong player. DW/Paxman range of mouthpieces has been developed with LSO principal horn Tim Jones, and uses the ideas underlying the Denis Wick Heritage range. This principle is based on a late 19th century design, where the cup wall is very thin near the mouthpiece rim, combined with the new idea to have substantially more mass lower down the cup.
The results are amazing. The mouthpieces have an immediate, easy response, particularly in the high register, a smooth legato and a sound rich in overtones over the whole range. Â
The new models offer great range and volume for the strong player. Although these diameters would have previously been thought very large, mouthpieces of this size are now commonly used by orchestral horn players, and give a very dynamic and exciting sound in large symphonic works.Â These mouthpieces will help create an incredibly rich and dark sound.
The Denis Wick DW9021 Wireless Pick-Up allows musicians to check on the tuning of their instrument in noisy conditions, or even in performances, by wirelessly transmitting a signal from their instrument to a small receiver plugged into a tuner.
The extremely discreet and unobtrusive transmitter clips on to the instrument and monitors the vibrations of the instrument. It is not a microphone, so it does not react to ambient sounds, only to the pitch that the instrument is playing. It transmits this information using Bluetooth-type technology to a receiver. Both transmitter and receiver use tiny CR2032 lithium batteries. The receiver is attached to a jack plug which plugs into a DW9007 tuner, or any other tuner that has a socket for a jack plug. The tuner gives pinpoint accuracy.
The wireless pick-up has big advantage over clip-on tuners, such as the DW9006 and DW9008; it can be clipped to any part of the instrument and still work. Ordinary clip-on tuners have to be clearly visible. This is easy on the trumpet, cornet or trombone, but very difficult on the euphonium or tuba, where there is no convenient place where the tuner can be easily seen without going cross-eyed. By use of the DW9021, the tuner can be conveniently placed on the music stand, where it can be used very discreetly.
By Denis Wick
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