“Standard Series” 3C, standard blank. I have played this mouthpiece off and on since Austin Custom Brass’ first year in business. Since then, I have learned a lot and developed a lot as a trumpet player, and I wanted to contribute my current thoughts and experiences with this mouthpiece. I am a middle school band director and not the world’s greatest trumpet player, but I hope that my semi-professional perspective may benefit other semi-professionals considering this mouthpiece. The obvious thing to do is to compare it to the current (2018) Bach 3C. I say “current” because Bach changes their designs about every decade. I think the most significant difference, and the most compelling reason why I prefer the ACB 3C, is the rim. The current Bach rim is fat, more similar to Trent’s MV3C. The ACB 3C rim is less fat, and feels much more like my current Bach 1C rim (I am talking rim contour, not cup diameter… I did not say the ACB 3C is as big as a 1C). Some people may prefer the fatter rim, but I find that my flexibility is much, much better on the ACB 3C. I also find it easier to execute soft entrances. The tone is similar enough to “the Bach sound” that you could easily blend in a section of people playing Bach equipment. This is not an unconventional mouthpiece. I find the tone of the ACB slightly more full, like it has slightly more cup volume. I don’t know if it actually does or not, I am just speaking to what I hear. ACB offers a choice of several blanks, and they matter. They make a significant difference, so much so that if you find an ACB piece you really dig, you should order it in a few different blanks to see which one fits you and your music the best. One will definitely stand out. The tone will be slightly different, in that you will hear different proportions of the overtones. For example, the Traditional blank has slightly more emphasis on the higher overtones than the Standard blank, and so the Traditional blank sounds slightly more like a Bach mouthpiece. The biggest difference made by the blanks is the response, though. They just blow or feel differently. My preference is the Standard blank. I hesitate to comment on inner diameter / size. “Does it feel like the same size as a Bach 3C?” It is not that simple. Because the rim is so different, it hits my lips in a different way. So even though they may have the same diameter, there is much more to the story. And everyone is going to experience that differently because everyone’s lips are a different shape. If what you are really asking is, “will it feel the same on my lips as a Bach 3C?”, then the answer is no, but there is so much more to it than just diameter. Get size out of your head, it may be the least significant parameter when comparing these mouthpieces. As always, you just have to try it to see how it will work for you. The ACB 3C is superior for me than the Bach 3C in almost every way.
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Most of our ACB mouthpieces are in stock in the standard blank. Other ACB blanks are made as a custom order and might not always be in stock. Please review the comparison sheet for size equivalencies. Please note that almost every manufacturer measures in slightly different places so the comparison information below is for broad comparisons only.
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Please note there are no returns on custom orders, Gold plating is considered a custom order.
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Below is a video from a live session where Trent discusses the mouthpiece blank options ACB offers!
|Mouthpiece||Backbore||OD||ID||Cup Shape||Cup Depth||Closest|
|Papa Bear||OO||1.070||0.684||Deep Bowl||8.5||Laskey 84D, Warbuton 2D|
|Baby Bear||O||1.070||0.684||Deep Bowl||8.5||Laskey 84D, Warbuton 2D|
|Bee Bear||O||1.070||0.684||Medium B Bowl||7||Laskey 84B, Warbuton 2MD|
|Cee Bear||A1||1.070||0.684||Medium C Bowl||6||Laskey 84C, Warbuton 2MC|
|1D||A1||1.150||0.684||Deep Bowl||9||Hickman GW, Bach 1X, Monette B1-1|
|1MD||A1||1.150||0.684||Medium deep Bowl||7.5||Hickman GW, Bach 1X, Monette B1-1|
|New York 1||O||1.060||0.677||Deep Bowl||8||30's Bach NY1, Current 1|
|1CWE||A1||1.100||0.670||Modified B Bowl||7||None|
|1B||O||1.080||0.676||Deep B Bowl||8||1B, Laskey 80B|
|1C||MO||1.079||0.674||Medium C Bowl||7.5||Haefer 1HC, Bach 1C|
|1.25 Orch||MO||1.070||0.672||Medium C Bowl||7||Yamaha 16C4, Schilke 16C4|
|MV 1.25C||O||1.070||0.673||Modified BC Bowl||7||Bach Mount Vernon 1 1/4C|
|1.25CB||A1||1.070||0.672||Modified B Bowl||7.25||Curry 1.25BC, Bach 1 1/4C|
|1.25C||A1||1.070||0.672||Medium Deep C Bowl||7||Bach 1/4 C, Tilz 1 1/4CE, Monette B2|
|1.25CS||MO||1.068||0.671||Medium C Bowl||6||Monette B2S3, ACB 1.25C, MV 1 1/4C|
|1.25CDS||S||1.068||0.671||Medium Shallow Bowl||5||Monette B2LD|
|1.5B||A1||1.098||0.669||Deep B Bowl||7.5||Tilze 1 1/2E, Bach 1 1/2B, Monette B3|
|1.5CB||MO||1.068||0.668||Modified B Bowl||7.25||Curry 1.5BC, Warbuton 3MD, Bach 1.5C, Monette B3|
|1.5C||S||1.066||0.668||Medium C Bowl||6||Curry 1.5C, Warbuton 3MC, Bach 1.5C, Monette B3, GR 67|
|1.5R||MO||1.07||0.667||Modified D/V Bowl||5.5||Monette B3L, Bach 1.5D|
|665 MC||S||1.067||0.665||Modified C/V Shape||6.5||Mount Vernon 3C, GR 66.5, Monette B3|
|1.072||0.664||Modified BV Bowl||8||Mount Vernon 3B, BH3, Monette B4|
|MV 3CB||A1||1.072||0.664||Modified B Bowl||7.5||Bach Mt. Vernon 3C, Monette B4|
|MV 3C||MO||1.072||0.664||Medium Deep C Bowl||7||
Bach Mt. Vernon 3C, Monette B4S
Modified C Bowl
Medium Shallow Bowl
Bach Mt. Vernon 3C, Monette B4S
Bach Mt. Vernon 3D, Monette B4L
|2B||A1||1.065||0.660||Medium Deep Bowl||7||None|
|MV||O||1.065||0.656||Medium C Bowl||6||Bach 2 1/2C|
|3S||MT||1.066||0.656||Shallow Bowl||4||Bach 3D/E, Curry 3DE., Monette B5L|
|3||MO||1.063||0.654||Deep Bowl||8||Old Bach 3|
|3B||A1||1.072||0.653||Medium B Bowl||7||Bach 3B, Monette B5|
|3C||S||1.072||0.653||Medium C Bowl||6||Bach 3, Warbuton 4MC, Schilke 14B|
|3CS||S||1.066||0.650||Modified C Bowl||5.5||Monette B6s1, GR 65M, Pickett 5D|
|3DS||S||1.066||0.650||Medium Shallow Bowl||4.5||Monette BLM, GR 65M/S, Pickett 5D|
|3ES||A2||1.066||0.650||Shallow Bowl||4||Monette BL, GR 65S, Pickett 5E|
|5B||MO||1.068||0.644||Medium B Bowl||7.5||NY Bach 5B, Pickett 5B, GR 74.7 MX|
|5C||S||1.068||0.644||Medium C Bowl||6||Bach 5B, Pickett 5C, Curry 5C, Monette B6|
|5CS||S||1.068||0.644||Modified C Bowl||5.5||Above but more efficient cup|
|7M||MO||1.059||0.642||Medium Shallow V||5||Giardinelli 7M, Bach 7D, Monette B7|
|7PT||S||1.059||0.640||Shallow Bowl||4.5||Bach 7E, GR 64S, Giardinelli 7S|
|7DE||MO||1.059||0.642||Shallow Bowl||4||Bach 7E, GR 64S, Giardinelli 7S|
|7||MO||1.059||0.637||Deep Bowl||8||NY Bach 7|
|7B||A1||1.042||0.637||Medium Deep Bowl||7||NY Bach 7B|
|10CV||MT||1.058||0.630||Medium V||5||Giardinelli 10M, M Shew 2|
|10.5C||S||1.058||0.629||Medium C Bowl||6||NY Bach 10 1/2C|
|Lead 1||A2||1.060||0.627||Very Shallow Bowl||3||Shew Yamaha Lead, M Shew 1, Giardinelli 10S|
|Lead 1.25||A2||1.058||0.627||Shallow Bowl||4||Shew Yamaha Lead, M Shew 1, Giardinelli 10S|
|Lead 1.5||A2||1.080||0.666||Very Shallow Bowl||3||Schilke 14a4a (was 666 model)|
|TA1||MO||1.084||0.639||Modified V Cup||6||None|
|TA2||MT||1.072||0.664||Medium Shallow Bowl||4.5||Monette B4L, Bach MV 3D|
|TA-Lead||T||1.052||0.630||Medium Shallow Bowl||4.5||M. Shew 1.75|
|TAZ-CS||A1||1.076||0.625||Medium C Bowl||5.5||Deepened version of Ta-Z|
|TA-Screech||A2||1.080||0.618||Extremely Shallow Bowl||2||None|
|TA-SN||A2||1.068||0.617||Shallow Bowl||3||TA-Screech with Narrow Rim|
|H2 Vintage||MO||1.045||0.637||Medium Deep V||7.5||Vintage Gustat Heim|
|H3||MO||1.045||0.637||Medium Deep V||7.5||Vintage Gustat Heim|
|1-27 Retro||MT||1.104||0.628||Medium Shallow Bowl||4||Al-Cass 1-27|
Larger Sized ACB mouthpieces (.674+) :
- Papa Bear: This mpc is not for the faint of heart. It is an extremely large mouthpiece (.684) which puts it around old Bach 1 diameter. The cup is a large bowl, throat #20 and a custom backbore to pair with this piece for the most efficiency while maintaining a HUGE sound.
- Bee Bear: Similar to the Papa this mouthpiece has a medium large, b-shaped bowl, and slightly smaller backbore.
- New York 1: This originally started out as a CMM scan of a very early New York Bach 1 mouthpiece. The cup and rim are very similar, the backbore and throat are mated with this cup to produce a very large sound shape. A great orchestral mouthpiece!
- 1C: This is my take on an older Bach 1C but improved throat and backbore combo. It feels significantly more efficient and sounds more energized while maintaining a rich core throughout the registers. Standard 24 and my 10/24 combo backbore are on this piece.
Smaller Symphonic sized mouthpieces (.668-674):
- 1.25 CB: This has a classic Mt. Vernon 1 1/4C rim that's blended in the CAD program with a great old Bach 5B cup. The result is an incredibly rich sounding mouthpiece without losing efficiency or having the turbulent points caused by a traditional "screw-rim" setup.
- 1.25C: This is a take on a great 1 1/4C mouthpiece with some refinements in bore, backbore, and throat. To me it feels more like a 1.5C due to the great efficiency.
- 1 1/2B: This is a great sounding orchestral piece. While not as wide as the PAPA (the diameter is like a modern 1 1/2) the rim is comfy and forgiving. The cup bowl is reminiscent of some rotary trumpet mouthpieces. I've always loved those pieces except the backbores and end shanks are really not made for conventional piston trumpets. My pieces are and still work really well in rotary trumpets!
- 1 1/2C: This is one of my best-selling mouthpieces and extremely comfortable compared to other manufacturer's "cookie cutter" rim contoured 1 1/2's
- 1.5 CB: Similar to the 1.25 CB with my ACB 1 1/2C rim
Classic "MV" diameter sized pieces:
- MV 1 1/4C: This is my modernized take on this classic mouthpiece. I match this piece with my O backbone and a slightly enlarged throat and throat entrance. It plays incredibly well and also has a very "classic" sound!
- 665MC: slightly larger than the MV 3C this has a more efficient cup shape than on my MV 3C
- MV 3C: Another special mouthpiece, please check out this link for more info: http://www.austincustombrass.mybigcommerce.com/austin-custom-brass-mv-3c-special-mouthpieces/
- MV3CS: MV3C rim with my CS cup -- it's slightly smaller and also has a much more efficient entrance into the throat. It helps the articulation and adds a lively "zip" to the sound. It is especially good on vintage trumpets or overly dark horns to make them "speak." Paired with the MO backbore for a balanced blow.
Medium sized Standard series Mouthpieces (.630-656)
- 3: My take on a classic 1928 piece. I tweaked a bunch inside this mouthpiece and while it still retains the core sound the piece plays considerably more efficiently and consistently in all the registers.
- 3B: Same rim as on my 3C but with a medium deep B-shaped bowl. It's one of my most popular mouthpieces and has an incredibly warm tone
- 3C: A take on a fantastic Bach (from the late 60's) 3C which I have never played a 3C like it. I think the added mass and proper matching backbore for this piece make this a formidable all-around mouthpiece!
- 3CS: Similar to the 3C except it's slightly smaller and also has a much more efficient entrance into the throat. It helps the articulation and adds a lively "zip" to the sound. It is especially good on vintage trumpets or overly dark horns to make them "speak".
- 5B: My modernized take on one of the finest mouthpieces ever made, the NY 5B. I've made the piece much more efficient than the vintage counterpart and also maintained the great sound shape and spread. It's one of my most popular sizes.
- 5C: Long considered a transitional mouthpiece for the student I've spent a bunch on time on this piece as most of my earlier prototypes didn't make the cut. This has an incredibly rich tone with fantastic articulations and ease in all registers. It's a great, comfy mouthpiece!
Smaller diameter Standard Series Mouthpieces:
- 10 1/2C: While this is a fairly small diameter mpc it produces a big tone and Fine high register, resonating low register. I started with this piece thinking it would a piece I'd start students on and find it very good for all players, especially those with very thin lips and ones who want a bit more corner support.
- 10CV: Another new addition to the line, this piece was made for folks who want a compact efficient commercial mouthpiece who "bottom-out" on smaller pieces. This rim is very similar to an older Giardinelli 10 and the cup a medium shallow hybrid v/bowl shape. The result is a very good all-around show and commercial piece. It's also an excellent choice for jazz soloists looking for a piece for extended solo work.
- 1-27: Now available is my take on a fantastic vintage piece, the 1-27. It's cup and rim are loosely based off the Al cass mouthpiece. I then used a slightly more aggressive entrance into the bowl of the mouthpiece and also a tighter backbore to make the piece zip even more. The rim diameter is around a 7C but the rim itself is round and comfortable. The cup volume is less than a 7C for sure. It has a lot more efficiency and sparkle to the sound.
- Lead 1.25: I've always loved the cup of the Shew 1.25 and have used this piece for many years. I have personally felt the piece's weight, straight throat, and backbore could be improved for my own use and have designed a piece to make the piece more forgiving (especially in this blank) and gained more core in the overall sound shape. It's a weapon for the commercial player!
TA Series (designed for my own personal playing needs)
- TA1: Please see the link for more info: http://www.austincustombrass.mybigcommerce.com/products/Austin-Custom-Brass--TA-1--Trent-Austin-Signature-mouthpiece.html
It has a cup design which while being fairly shallow bowl shaped has an efficient entrance into the bottom of the cup to make it very efficient without brittle. The rim is semi-flat with good support and is close to a "3-ish" diameter (.664).
The TA1 is still my primary piece and I find it fantastic for everything but lead and show playing. That's where the TA2 comes in for me. It feels like a great show piece. I just did a gig on it playing 3 horn Sinatra arrangements and it was great to solo on and then sizzles above high C without getting smaller in sound shape.
- Ta-Lead: This is a model I've created for my own lead use. This rim is extremely comfortable, similar to an old Giardinelli 10S but rounder and forgiving. The cup depth is shallow enough for great compression yet produces an incredibly rich tone in all registers. Standard 28 throat and my "zip" backbore round out this model. It's a great lead mouthpiece for people who tend to "Bottom out" on small cups.
- Ta-Screech: A new take on a classic piece... this is a very small, high compression mouthpiece that is surprisingly easy to play. 30 throat and "zip" backbore produces one of the most efficient pieces I've ever played!
- TA-Z: The TA-Z (or "Zing") might be one of the most comfortable commercial mouthpieces I've designed that can still maintain a beautiful sound from Pedal C to Double C and above. It features a .625 diameter with a medium flat rim and shallow hybrid V/S cup.
Want to check out the "insides" of some of my most popular pieces out? Please click this link for images!
The following audio samples are raw with no added effects and totally live. Getting the shop up and running has taken a bit out of my efficiency. I literally went from one piece to the next with no breaks (not ideal when you go from a huge orchestral piece to an efficient lead piece in less than a minute). The differences are more noticeable in these audio clips:
Here is a list of our backbores in order of tightest to most open:
A2: The A2 is a weapon! Designed to be mated with extreme compression mouthpieces, this might be the ultimate commercial backboreI've played. It works great above high C and mates with 27, and 28 tops extremely well!
T: Tight: commercial backbore which provides the most resistance and "zing" to your sound
MT: Medium Tight: Provides great resistance, especially for players who tend to "back-up" with very tight commercial backbores.
S: Standard: Provides the best balance between resistance and sound spread for most players.
MO: Medium Open: A great slightly open symphonic shape produces a rich, warm tone but still gives ample resistance when needed.
A1: This backbore is a very large, symphonic backbore that is in between the MO and O but feels like it combines both feel and sound shapes from the two other shapes. It's a wonderful backbore suited for the classical player or jazz soloist wishing for a large sound!
O: Open: This is a very large, open backbore designed for the orchestral musician to provide the feel and sound spread that most orchestral players prefer
OO: Very Open: Huge backbore for enormous, rich sound (takes a lot of air)
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As usual, ACB is killing it! Love the pieces. Comfy. Efficient. rich sound! What more could you want??!?!
Trent’s version of the Bach 5b trumpet mouthpiece has a much more comfortable rim and has a better tonal center then the original. My endurance on this piece is unbelievable.You have to learn to back off a little on this mouthpiece because it is much more efficient and it might get a little bright if you approach it like a traditional Bach 5b.Overall it’s an awesome mouthpiece. Thanks Trent for taking the time to make improvements to the traditional designs.
Wasn't sure what to expect when ordering this product. Had heard great thing about Trent's pieces so I wanted to give one a try. Took me a day to adjust, but wow. Couldn't be happier about how I'm sounding. Has certainly helped me build my range of dynamics and articulation, as well as helping me find a more stable, consistent tone quality. This piece has also helped cut down on my warm-up time, while extending my endurance. A great fit for me! Thank you Trent!
The best way I can describe the LEAD 1, is the cup from the Yamaha Shew Lead and a rim similar to the Marcinkiewicz Shew 1. Whatever modifications Trent did to the throat/backbore make it play fantastic. It has more bite than the Yamaha, which helps with attacks, but is not uncomfortable at all. The rim is more flat than round, and if it were just a little wider would be the pinnacle of the Bobby Shew pieces in my opinion. I have play tested it for 3 days against the Shew Lead and Shew 1 and it is consistently slightly better than both. I see better improved attacks over the Yamaha and less of a harsh/brassy tone than the Marcinkiewicz. The rim diameter feels the exact same size as the Shew Lead to me and the cup appears to be the exact same shape/depth. If you play either the Shew 1 or Shew Lead and are looking to try something new, you owe it to yourself to try the Lead 1.
Chaps since delivery of my mouthpiece I haven’t been able to put it down. This is by far the best mp I’ve ever owned. Perfect slotting, pure, clean notes, warm sound, super comfortable and a dream tone. Oh and a great service. What more can you ask for :-)
This is now my second mouthpiece of the ACB line. Trent and Kyle were great at helping me get exactly what I was looking for this time around. There is no better place around for help and equipment.
What a great piece! Warm and rich sound with great response. It is really easy to play and even throughout the horn. I would highly recommend this mouthpiece! Great work Trent and company!
Both are awesome pieces! Rim is thick and comfortable. The MV3C has a darker sound but extremely responsive in upper and lower registers. The MV3CS is has a much brighter, richer sound! On a side note my customer service experience with these guys are second to none... They'll respond to you faster than you can type.
I bought Trent's H3 trumpet mp and couldn't be more happier with it. The rim is extremely comfortable and I love the tone I get with it. I got it in the vintage blank which gives it a cool retro look also. I can highly recommend this quality piece!
Super fast customer response time and product delivery! The mouthpiece is solid, feels insanely comfortable and sounds amazing. It centers the pitch, the tone is incredible and projection is great. I could not be more pleased. Austin Custom Brass is setting a new standard in service and quality.
Just got the 1.5R - super rich sound but easy to play. Comfortable rim with inner bite. Very nice guys!
This mouthpiece is great. It's top heavy, and has a much brighter than my previous mouthpiece (a plastic topped ACB). I'm very satisfied with how this came, I asked them to cut it for a Reeve's sleeve and it was given a very clean cut. It took a while for it to come (~7 weeks), but it was well worth the wait. Thank you Austin Custom Brass for the amazing mouthpiece.
After 27 years of playing a Monette B1-2 mouthpiece (a VERY LARGE orchestral piece), I made the switch to a 1.25CS. I decided on the change, because I felt I was 'falling into' my mouthpiece, the more I practiced and challenged my range. I've put 2 solid weeks on this mouthpiece, and I can honestly say it feels GREAT. It has the same stable feel that my Monette had. The sound I get is slightly brighter, but well balanced. The response is also awesome! On the efficiency of this mouthpiece: I can now play a daily amount that would have previously killed my chops. Now, I'm going and going, and no worse for wear the next day! I can't wait to see where my playing goes with this piece as my "home base". Thanks Trent for all the knowledge & help in choosing!
Excellent piece. Great guys to deal with.
What a great mouthpiece! The standard ACB 3C model has an incredibly comfortable rim and the sound is full and resonant. As advertised, this will make for a great all around mouthpiece. I'm very happy I added this one to my mouthpiece arsenal!
I play three Austin Brass mouthpieces: a 1.5cs on my Bb and C, a 1.5CMDF on my flugel and a 7m on my piccolo. Before discovering Austin about eighteen months ago, I had played another brand of mouthpieces for more than 15 years, but have not looked back since switching. I find my Austin mouthpieces to be well-made, comfortable, responsive and stylish. Whether I am in the pit, working with students, or playing in church or an orchestra, Austin mouthpieces help produce the sound I am looking for. Each time I have ordered a mouthpiece, I have emailed the shop with questions. I have been very pleased with the responses I have gotten to each of my questions. I have also been pleased with the speed of service I have experienced from Austin Custom Brass. I know the shop is incredibly busy, but they have answered my emails and shipped my merchandise quickly and professionally. I will most definitely be purchasing more equipment from ACB in the future and often recommend the shop to my friends.
Just to give you a refresher, I was the guy who had a show in Worcester and was in desperate need for a lead piece and I thought you were located in Texas! I purchased the lead as a quick fix became I was struggling on the piece I had in my case! After consulting with you, you had me try a few pieces and I settled on the Lead 1! I was thoroughly surprised at the sound I got but what also caught my ears were the compliments from the cast! They could hear a difference in my sound too! As soon as I'm done with the Northeast leg of this tour, I plan on consulting with you again for, a flugelhorn piece and perhaps I could get this lead piece in a V-cup! Great job Trent and it was pleasure to finally meet you in person!
I have the MV3C and the MV3L. Both have a great sound and are really easy to play.
I had used a vintage Bach 1X for years and decided to go back to that size. I had misplaced my favorite and, at Josh's suggestion, ordered the ACB New York 1 in a Bach-style blank. It feels exactly as I remember and plays great. FIt and finish are superb and intonation is spot-on. I have always been totally satisfied with my purchases from Austin Custom Brass and this mouthpiece is no exception. Thanks, Trent and Josh!
I don't dwell too much on gear, but I recently test drove half a dozen mouthpieces at Austin Custom Brass in Reading, Mass., and discovered a beautiful Austin 3B that has revolutionized my sound, bringing new power, depth, and complexity to my mid-range improvising. This is one beautiful mouthpiece.
Excellent piece, and ready to play, thanks austin.
I've been playing the Cee Bear now for 2 month and the more I use it and the more I compare it to other mouthpieces, the more I like it. It is extremely easy and fast responding, making it much easier for me to play more beautiful. The sound is full, but not dull and works great on my Bb and C trumpet. Even though it is a very large rim, I do not seem to sacrifice any notes in the upper register. My sound on Bb and C never sounded better. I mainly play on a local Orchestra and for that purpose it is the best I ever had.
Outstanding craftsmanship, aesthetically pleasing, super comfortable, great fat dark warm sound and plays evenly throughout the range of the horn. Buy!
Traditional Blank 3C: purchased this first and is best 3C I have ever played. The rim is really secure and feels like a 3C Bach in terms of size. Sound is fantastic and has a real core and is equally as good sound wise as a Bach 3C but, it has fantastic playability with better slurs, articulation, intonation. It is a fantastic all around piece and better than any GR, Curry, Bach that I have owned. If you are looking for a better Bach 3C look no further. The Curry 3C. is good as well but it feels much bigger and more like my Bach 1 1/2C than a Bach 3C. I have been searching for a while for the feel of the modern Bach 3C with excellent sound and better playing characteristics and this is it! Standard Blank 3B: purchased this after the 3C as I liked the 3C so much. This is a great piece too. Sound is warmer and darker, articulations and slurring not quite as easy as the ACB 3C for me but still fantastic and much better than a Bach 3C still. Not sure which will become my main piece yet between the 3B and 3C from ACB;I am thinking it will be the 3B unless endurance and/or a slightly more brilliant sound is required and then it will be the 3C. It would be interesting to compare blanks for the same piece - my 3C is in traditional and the 3B in standard - I think I prefer the traditional slightly for looks and it is slightly heavier and slotting feels a tiny bit more secure on the 3C (but this could be the cup rather than blank so hard to say).
Trent makes some ridiculously good mouthpieces. He's either a genius or completely lottery lucky on mouthpiece designs. His 1.25Orch model is to die for. Try it for yourself
I've been playing ACB mouthpieces for a couple of years. I play XL bore horns (.469, and .470). I started with the ACB Fabrication 5, and liked it so much that I also ordered the ACB Standard 3DS...same rim, shallower cup...for a brighter sound. Both mouthpieces not only provided the sound I was looking for, but are very comfortable, and they also helped with endurance and flexibility. Fast forward to now, and due to some medication I have to take, my chops have reverted to needing a smaller diameter mouthpiece. I pulled out a few of my older mouthpieces from that time in the past when I played smaller diameter pieces, and discovered that the Marcinkiewicz 5 I played for many years was about the right size, but didn't provide the same sound, endurance, and flexibility. I got in touch with Scott Philbrick, who helped me settle on the 7M, and it turns out to be an awesome mouthpiece for me. The endurance is back, and I'm working on the flexibility.I get a rich, full sound from the piece...and it can really light up when pushed. Bravo Trent Austin and Austin Custom Brass!
Recently bought the ACB lead 1.5. For me, GREAT mouthpiece. Just the right blend of brightness, flexibility and projection. Plus Trent is a great guy to do business with. And because he is a monster player himself, he knows what works, even though that can be subjective.
First of all Nick is a great guy! He was very patient and knowledgeable about not only the ACB gear, but everything in the store. I have been using the ACB 3CS modern blank mouthpiece for about 2 weeks. It has a very round sound and doesn't bite into my chops when playing for long periods.
....at least for me; mouthpieces of course are very subjective. I have previously used Schilke 14a4a, and more recently Monette LT BL. For me, the ACB Lead 1.5 gives me a bright sound, very good flexibility, that really cuts over the amps in the 13 piece funk/r&b band I work with. Plus, Trent is a great guy to do business with!
As a military musician I have to be as versatile as possible. I spoke with Trent last week about ordering a goldplated mouthpiece. He was able to get it to me with a quick turnaround. Top notch customer service. This mouthpiece plays so well my best friend purchased the same one with the same experience. Bravo to Trent and his team.
I have several of Trent's mouthpieces, most with a 3 rim. I personally prefer a mouthpiece that is free blowing and full sounding. Trent's mouthpieces do just that.
I've given Trent's 3C mouthpiece a 5 star review in the past and thought I'd do the same for the 3CS that I'm currently playing. I've been playing his 3CS for quite some time now and recently purchased one in the modern blank, which is a perfect match for my Martin Committee and Schilke HC2. It's quite simply the most comfortable and most responsive 3C type mouthpiece I've ever played with a fat, warm core to the sound. It's just a super efficient design that sounds great, what else do you need in a mouthpiece! Thanks so much for all the great gear you've made available to the trumpet world, keep up the great work Trent!
Trent and his staff were great. They let me demo numerous mouthpieces and gave their opinion of my sound on each. Couldn't decide between 2 different mouthpieces so I bought both. They play extremely well, are very comfortable and fatigue no longer exists.
Trent made a custom mouthpiece for me and I couldn't be happier with it. I've been playing on it for a year now and felt and heard the difference almost immediately. I got exactly what I asked for and I appreciate the work Trent did on it. Thanks!
About a year ago, I switched to the ACB Lead 1. I have virtually played every brand on the market over the past 20 years and nothing has helped secure my playing like the Lead 1. The sound, articulation and projection is second to none. Trent is not only a first class musician but also a first class gentleman and businessman. Kudos to making equipment that works with you to maximize the musician within!
The other day when I was practicing, I used one of my mouthpieces ( I have a lot, Lol) Well , when I picked up my Slug 3CS mouthpiece, the blow was so easy. If you never tried one, do yourself a favor & pick up one of Trent's mouthpieces. I am sure it would not be your last.
...couldn't be possible without my new ACB 3CS mouthpiece! When I tried it out I felt it right away! It was like I found the missing "piece" (pun intended) to my sound. Flexibity, articulation, sound, speakability in all registers, ease of playability...it's all there. So impressed with Trent's products, and SO happy with my new mouthpiece!
Trent's 1 1/2 C is really a special mouthpiece. Incredibly comfy rim - I never along well with the Bach 1 1/2 C, the rim felt thin and sharp, didn't give me any support. This one feels great and would be a great "next step" for a 3C player - it feels very accessible to those who are used to slightly smaller diameters. What's more, the blow is extremely efficient - my endurance is much better on this than on any other 1 1/2 C I've played before. The confusing thing is that it actually sounds bigger and darker than these less efficient pieces. The core is huge and warm at medium to soft volumes, but it can light up and project just fine when you give it a little gas. I seem to have a much wider tonal palette on this mouthpiece than comparable ones from other manufacturers. Don't be afraid of this piece if diameters larger than a traditional 3 have turned you off before! This barely feels bigger and loses no efficiency in the process. GREAT legit mouthpiece.
I previously reviewed the ACB 5, and in that review, you will see me asking about a slightly shallower mouthpiece. Trent recommended the 3DS, and I have to say his recommendation was spot on. The 3DS feels almost identical at the rim, and even though the cup is slightly shallower than the ACB 5, the undercut is such that I have no trouble keeping the lips buzzing even when I'm tired, unless I'm just fully worn out. I find this mouthpiece works great for just about any venue except pure legit...and that's when I pull out the ACB 5. Trent...thank you for making great products, and for your expertise in choosing the right mouthpiece!
This is a really great mouthpiece! It's one of the first 3C's I've played that just feels right... totally worth owning!
These are incredible playing mouthpieces designed and offered by one of my favorite trumpet players and one of the most knowledgable people in this biz. Since first working with Trent some years ago I knew he was a special player with genuine well-researched insights, and obviously a great guy. The standard blank is a real hit with me. The quality of manufacturing, fit and finish are on par with the finest equipment available. Whether you are looking for your "daily driver" everyday mpc, or something special to fit a new horn, Trent offers the full spectrum of mouthpieces, and you can absolutely trust him to point you toward the best choices for you. Why? Whatever facet of trumpet playing you are involved with, Trent's done that, and on a very high level!
Trent's own description of the ACB 3C mouthpiece is dead on: I have never played a 3C like it! I've played GR, Monette, Curry, Bach, etc. mouthpieces in the past and hands down this is best I've ever played. The sound it produces has such a warm, buttery core with sparkling overtones and it just feels "right" on your chops. I love the look of the mouthpiece too--I chose the standard ACB blank which has a real hip Al Cass-inspired look to it (that extra weight around the rim really adds weight to the sound too). You owe it to yourself as a trumpeter to try one of Trent's brilliant mouthpieces--you'll be glad you did!!!!
Have been playing on an ACB TA-Lead mouthpiece for a number of days now. This is the fourth mouthpiece purchased from Trent. The TA-Lead is great in big band applications as it has a very rich core (as all his mp's do) plus with the added sizzle when going above high C. I'm now spoiled as no other brand of mouthpiece will do...great work, Trent!
A quick review of the TA2: wow Now for a more complete review. I really enjoyed it on my gig last night. It was so comfortable and easy to play. I also had to back of my mic a little bit. So much core and center to the sound that it just flew out the bell. It works so well with my 43 its ridiculous. Lots of brilliance to the sound without becoming harsh, especially in the middle and lower registers. It sounds cliche, but as someone who plays mostly bigger pieces for everything else, I've found my perfect lead/ commercial piece! Thanks Trent!