The Trent Austin Signature Mouthpiece From Austin Custom Brass
Now you can play on the same model mouthpiece that I perform on regularly! The TA1 is a mouthpiece that I created to be my own “daily driver” for most of my work. I needed a comfortable rim and great efficiency for extended practice sessions and small group gigs, but I still wanted a rich sound with lots of character. The TA1 design gives me that and more!
It’s hard to describe this mouthpiece in full detail but I can give you a snapshot into what I designed:
I love the great vintage pieces of the 20’s-60’s from such makers as King, Heim, Al Cass, Giardinelli, Vincent Bach (NY), Parduba, and Purviance. I truly believe some of the most fantastic design concepts came out of that “golden age” of trumpet. I’ve been very lucky to acquire mouthpieces used by many of the world’s greatest trumpet players.
One of my favorites is the special mouthpiece made for one of my heroes, Clark Terry. Clark’s piece, which was based on a Gustat Heim design, had a wonderful “vee” shape cup. It was incredibly efficient without making the tone brittle or strident. I incorporated the V-cup shape into my TA1, giving it both wonderful ease/efficiency and an incredible tone.
While the TA1 is based on Clark Terry’s mouthpiece, I made a few alterations and improvements. Clark’s original rim design was VERY flat, so for the TA1 I modified the rim and cup to make it more accessible for today’s modern player. The TA1 rim is still flat, but not nearly as pronounced as on Clark’s mouthpiece. I increased the diameter of the piece as well, as the original was a tiny bit small for my taste. I blended the cup entrance to the throat a bit more to make the balance between cup and bore much more efficient. The TA1 also has a slightly bigger backbore to help today’s player, as many prefer slightly more open backbores to the tighter vintage designs.
Another thing you’ll notice in the pictures is my custom blank. I believe this weight distribution helps to maximize efficiency and increase the color spectrum over either the typical “Bach” style or heavy blanks.
Jump to 2:32 for a sample of this mouthpiece:
Also check out this 8 mouthpiece comparison video (TA1 is at 4:22):
To describe this piece in a “modern context”:
- The rim would be like a 5-7 Bach diameter
- Cup is a V shape
- #26 throat
- Slightly more open backbore than Bach standard
All mouthpieces will be silver plated, but gold plating is available on request for an additional fee.
Each mouthpiece will go through not only rigorous quality control but each piece will be tested personally by Trent Austin. This ensures that the equipment you are receiving will be the absolutely best quality without any compromise to “get it sold”. This is the most important aspect we can offer our clients!
It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to design and manufacture custom trumpet mouthpieces of the highest quality. In the past 10 years working with many trumpet makers I’ve been extremely lucky to pick the brains of some of the best! They’ve shown me a ton of incredible insight as well as help guide me down this path.
Here's a customer review of the TA1:
"After a 51 year hiatus from playing I decided to take up the trumpet again. I had a lot of study and practice ahead of me. I had no idea that there was so many mouthpieces available for the artist in today’s world. In my day a mouthpiece was just another mouthpiece as far as I knew. I was having a lot of trouble with the higher registration and aching chops. Practice was hard and frustrating for me. After much research I decided that a call to Josh at ACB was in order. I might add that it is a real treat to call a phone number a talk to a human that knows their business. We discussed my problems and with great advice I purchased a ACB -TA1 mouthpiece. I popped the TA1 on my Brasspire trumpet (purchased from ACB also) and practiced for a while. My range was up at least an octave +, low range was much easier and the comfort was as good as it gets in my opinion... no more aching chops. I soon bought a TA1MDF mouthpiece for my flugelhorn. Same exact deal as the trumpet TA1. Now I finally feel that my practice time is making a real difference in my task at hand. I can’t tell how much of a pleasure it is to have the folks at Austin Custom Brass as my pals. My next purchase will be the Brasspire 850 flugelhorn.
Thanks, Trent and Josh for your help and expertise.
-Chuck from California (11.21.17)
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