LEAD, and we are not talking high notes. This heavy metal will rock your body in bad ways!

LEAD, and we are not talking high notes. This heavy metal will rock your body in bad ways!

June 04, 2018

Lead Exposure is preventable

 

  • Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.
  • Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time. Human exposure is usually assessed through the measurement of lead in blood.
  • Lead in bone is released into blood during pregnancy and becomes a source of exposure to the developing fetus.
  • There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.
  • Lead exposure is preventable.

 

 

We use the safest materials around.  Our mouthpieces have no plating and are made of materials that have zero lead in them.  The plating process involves numerous chemicals and heavy metals that eventually end up in our environment.  With Giddings mouthpieces you not only give yourself the safest choice, but you save our environment from more chemicals.

 

The vast majority of instrument manufactures and mouthpiece makers around the world us Leaded Brass for their production needs.  Not because it is the safest choice for you, but because it machines and works so easily.

Over Thirty-two years ago the EPA took a stand on lead in water systems.

 In 1986 the EPA passed the Safe Water Drinking Act.  The Act prohibits the “use of any pipe, any pipe or plumbing fitting or fixture, any solder, or any flux, after June 1986, in the installation or repair of (i) any public water system; or (ii) any plumbing in a residential or non-residential facility providing water for human consumption, that is not lead free.” 

 

https://www.epa.gov/dwstandardsregulations/use-lead-free-pipes-fittings-fixtures-solder-and-flux-drinking-water

 

If you have mouthpieces with the plating worn through or worn off the odds are you are exposed to lead, and other heavy metals that are harmful as well.  Be proactive and get Giddings mouthpiece. Not only will you sound better, our mouthpieces will last forever.  And you are doing what is right for you and the environment.

 

Giddings Mouthpieces are the safest, longest lasting, and environmentally sound choice for musicians of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 




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Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Size Chart
Trumpet Rim mm Rim in
1 GW 17.29 0.681
David Hickman 17.25 0.68
1.25 GW 17.09 0.673
1.5 GW 16.89 0.665
Boston Brass 16.5 0.653
Matt Muckey 17.06 0.672
3 GW 16.5 0.653
5 GW 16.4 0.646
7 GW 16.35 0.64
Gill Kaupp 16.35 0.63
10 GW 16 0.63
Lead J,S,Z 16 0.63
French Horn Rim Diameter Throat Cup Depth Rim Width
FH-5 0.668 0.228 1.155 0.135
FH-1 0.678 0.165 0.787 0.152
FH-1.5 0.678 0.185 0.787 0.152
FH-2.5 0.679 0.175 0.995 0.152
FH-2.75 0.679 0.185 0.995 0.152
FH-200 0.685 0.18 0.985 0.15
FH-2 0.685 0.183 1.025 0.151
FH-3 0.7 0.173 1.05 0.142
FH-3.25 0.7 0.185 1.05 0.142
FH 3.5 0.7 0.173 1.01 0.14
FH-3.75 0.7 0.185 1.01 0.14
FH-4.25 0.705 0.173 1.045 0.138
FH-4.5 0.705 0.185 1.045 0.138
FH-310 0.705 0.182 1.2 0.156
Boston Brass 0.738 0.186 1.07 0.140
Small Bore Trombone Rim Diameter Throat Cup Depth Rim Width
Reggie Young 0.954 0.236 1.035 0.275
GWC-958 0.958 0.232 .884 0.272
Bacchus 0.992 0.231 0.83 0.255
Chocolatero 0.96 0.231 0.895 0.275
Barber 0.975 0.231 0.935 0.268
Chubasco 0.985 0.231 0.965 0.257
Ron Wilkins 0.997 0.232 0.945 0.262
GWC-100 1 0.23 0.945 0.265
Harry Watters 1 0.259 0.975 0.277
GWC-101 1.01 0.232 0.925 0.275
Joseph Jefferson 1.012 0.263 1.15 0.261

 

Tenor Trombone Rim Diameter Throat Cup Depth Rim Width
NB-100 1 0.278 1.005 0.25
GW-100 1 0.282 1.175 0.25
Sonny Ausman 1.008 0.264 1.15 0.285
Euros 1.008 0.282 1.09 0.242
Boreas 1.008 0.283 1.115 0.242
NB-101 1.01 0.276 1.005 0.25
GW-101 1.01 0.276 1.18 0.25
Seiji Nakazawa 1.015 0.234 1.005 0.25
Kadja 1.012 0.285 1.245 0.245
SA-100 1.02 0.26 1.14 0.235
NB-102 1.02 0.276 1.005 0.25
Gianluca Scipioni 1.0202 0.282/263 1.28 0.2756
GW-102 1.02 0.281 1.185 0.25
DJNV 1.02 0.272 1.029 0.265
Carbonaria 1.021 0.3 1.275 0.265
Joe Jefferson 1.022 0.263 1.24 0.263
E-1 1.027 0.281 1.004 0.27
EXL 1.027 0.290 1.004 0.27
GW-103 1.03 0.284 1.185 0.25
DHWA-E 1.032 0.288 1.255 0.272
DHWA-S 1.032 0.288 1.195 0.272
TZ-103 1.035 0.279 1.025 0.235
Domingo Pagliuca 1.038 0.285 1.133 0.2756
E-2 1.045 0.28 1.035 0.255
Ron Wilkins 1.063 0.282 1.002 0.255

 

Bass Trombone Rim Diameter Throat Cup Depth Rim Width
Adriano 1.0958 0.302 1.445 0.269
Mark-1 1.0958 0.295 1.268 0.270
Karif 1.135 0.302 1.275 0.25
V-Max 1.12 0.321 1.20 0.25
Chinook 1.14 0.304 1.295 0.25
Don Harwood 1.14 0.312 1.325 0.237
Bob Sanders 1.14 0.319 1.295 0.25
NY-S 1.141 0.303 1.09 0.235
NY-O 1.141 0.312 1.155 0.235
DH-100 1.15 0.31 1.35 0.245
D.Mirvil 5 1.143 0.312 1.35 0.210
Nor'Easter 1.144 0.319 1.345 0.235

 

Tuba

Inner Rim Diameter

Throat

Cup Depth

Use

Bayamo

1.320

.332

Deep Funnel

Large ensemble, dark rich tone

Caver

1.320

.318

Medium Deep Cup

Large ensemble, clearer upper overtones

Taku

1.295

.325

Deep Funnel

Large ensemble, dark rich tone

Williwaw

1.295

.325

Deep Funnel tighter back bore than Taku

Large ensemble purer upper over tones

Diablo

1.295

.318

Medium Depth Funnel

A work horse that can do it all equally well similar to Helleberg 7 slightly larger inner rim

Matanuska

1.260

.318

Deep Funnel

Well rounded mouthpiece simmilar to Helleberg 7b slightly larger inner rim great for solos, and chamber ensemble

Bora

1.260

.318

Shallow Cup

Great for solos and quintet

Churada

1.255

.318

Very Shallow Cup

Great for extended high playing an solos

Alessandro Fossi Bass Tuba

1.268

.305

Medium Shallow Cup

Great for orchestral solo F tuba

Alessandro Fossi Contra Bass Tuba

1.290

.335

Medium Deep Funnel Cup

Awesome for orchestral CC tuba parts

Alan Baer MMVI and Original CC

1.295

.321

Medium Funnel

Great for orchestral playing and large ensembles

Alan Baer MMVI and Original F

1.295

.295

Shallow Cup

Great for orchestral and solo playing

Alan Baer Beltane F

1.295

.295

Shallow Cup wide mouth of throat

Great for quintet and chamber groups

Tephra

1.295

.295

Medium Cup Depth

Best for Chamber group and all a very versatile piece

Alan Baer MMX F

1.295

.295

Very shallow F Cup

Great for solo playing

John DiCesare CC

1.310

.321

Deep Funnel Cup

Great for orchestral work

Talladega

1.320

.332

Very Deep Funnel Cup

Great for projection and clarity

Roland Szentpali CC

1.320

.332

Very Deep Funnel Cup

Best in a large ensemble on bombastic low excerpts

Roland Szentpali F

1.295

.295

Medium Shallow Cup

Best in a large ensemble playing bombastic F tuba orchestral parts

Kronos

1.265

.316

Medium Deep Cup

Very Versatile Mouthpiece based on Helleberg 7B

Jon Sass

1.295

.318

Medium Deep Cup

Very Versatile mouthpiece great for all playing needs

Bostan Brass Sam Pilafian

1.295

.321

Medium Deep Cup

Great for Quintet, solos, and small ensembles