Leaded Trumpet Mouthpieces.
- Giddings Mouthpieces – Used by our friends (some of the top professional jazz musicians in the world) with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra! and
- Kelly Mouthpieces
What this goes to show is that there ARE responsible manufacturers out there and there ARE #SaferChoices to be found!
Also of significant interest: my son’s trumpet is a 1959 Selmer “K-Modified” (the same as was used by Louis Armstrong and very popular among many of the jazz giants of the day) and it tested negative for lead in the lacquered-brass body and bell of the trumpet! So even back in 1959 they were already making and using unleaded brass, in addition to the high-lead brass alloys that predominate today (at least they used unleaded brass in the case of the particular 1959 Selmer K-Modified trumpet I tested). I’ll be curious to do some more research on this and see if I can find out whether or not the actual mouthpieces that were manufactured back then were also lead-free (and if so, when things shifted to the silver-plated leaded-brass alloys found on most of the popular instrument mouthpieces today)!
Click on the image below to see the Facebook post and check out the very interesting exchange in the comments! As of this moment the post has had 97 shares and a reach of 11, 294! I never expected this to be one of my most popular posts!
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