Concave, convex, and v-cup

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    Red Bank Kid

    I don’t think I’ve ever come across a truly convex mouth before. But I’ve certainly tried my fair share of bowl and v-cup mouthpieces.

    I know most people find that concave (bowl) shaped cups afford a brighter easer upper register, but for me I’ve always found V-cups better.

    While the sound might not be as naturally bright, there’s a trade off – the v-cup seems to allow for more volume (loudness) which lights up the horn anyway.

    I’ve always wondered about convex. I imagine those would have a similar quality to the v-cup in channelling the air more.


    The convex cups force you to play efficiently. You cannot produce a sound if your lips collapse into the ‘cup.’ I hate standard bowl shape cups. Stork makes a great piece, the VM6. V in shape and incredibly efficient. The Warburton SV design is also very good.

    I would be playing a convex cup now if my budget allowed it. I find them to be incredibly versatile. Legends makes a few different types and I hear Derek makes great pieces.

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