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!
The instrument below belongs to my son.
We have since gotten him a Lead-free Monette mouthpiece (for just under $300.)
Also of significant interest: my son’s trumpet is a 1959 Selmer “K-Modified” (image above – 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)!
Stay safe out there and thanks for reading and sharing my posts.
As always, if you have any questions – please let me know!