Alan Baer Signature Tuba Mouthpieces

I've been playing Giddings and Webster exclusively since 2005. I've still yet to find any mouthpiece on the market that would make my job easier!

Alan Baer

 

Giddings mouthpieces uses the finest materials available. 

Alan uses our mouthpieces day in and day out in one of the most demanding orchestral jobs in the world.  In 2006 we redesigned our original signature piece that we still offer and created the MMVI models mouthpieces. The MMVI has more grip on the low notes, and projects more core of sound along with clarity into the audience compared to other mouthpieces.  This increases endurance and all but eliminates fatigue.  

 

MMVI Signature Mouthpiece *Best Selling*
Alan Baer and Giddings and Webster have taken the original Signature Model mouthpiece and put a flatter narrower rim on it. In addition to this we have added a bit of mass around the throat of the mouthpiece, and we have made the mouthpiece out of 15-5 stainless steel. All of this combined makes a mouthpiece that is for folks who like a traditional flat rim with a sharper inner bite for their orchestral tuba playing needs. The 15-5 stainless steel is a high quality aerospace material that is harder than our regular 304 stainless steel mouthpieces. 

Rim diameter 32.91mm, 1.295 inches Throat 8.16mm, .321 inches


Original CC Tuba Mouthpiece
Designed for Alan Baer, Principal Tuba New York Philharmonic. Alan designed this mouthpiece to be a perfect balance of sound, control, and functionality. At home in the largest orchestra and designed as the only mouthpiece you will ever need on CC tuba. This mouthpiece delivers rich focused overtones with great projection, easy articulation, and consistent pitch throughout the range of the tuba. Cup diameter 1.295,and throat diameter .321.

Alan Baer Original F Tuba Mouthpiece
Alan requested that we design a mouthpiece for F Tuba with the exact rim size and shape as the orchestral CC tuba mouthpiece. This ingenious design allows individuals to switch from one tuba to the next while retaining the same setup on the embouchure. The F Tuba mouthpiece has a shallower cup and smaller backbore that creates an ideal F Tuba voice. The Alan Baer Signature Model F Tuba mouthpiece is at home in a large orchestra and as a solo mouthpiece. Rim 1.295, throat .295

Alan Baer MMX F - Solo Stainless Steel Standard Shank
The Alan Baer MMX F solo piece has the same inner rim diameter as the other Baer pieces although the rim is just a little wider overall. The cup is shallower than the F Tuba piece, however the throat and backbore are very similar. Overall the solo piece is designed to have a slightly brighter sound but seamlessly transition to the other mouthpieces in the Baer lineup.

Alan Baer Beltane F - Solo Standard Shank
The Beltane was finished late in April, and Al and I were both enjoying family time outside around fires. As it turns out Beltane is held on 30 April, or halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Bonfires are a key part of the festival marking the beginning of summer.
"Recently I was asked, 'Why would a tuba player need a solo mouthpiece?' My response was, because it's the right tool for the right job. No single piece of equipment will do everything the best. I'm expected to perform everything to the absolute best of my ability. If I'm fighting a piece of equipment in any way, it detracts from my performance, period. The new solo mouthpiece allows me to create a great cutting solo sound that will allow me to cut through an ensemble as well as allow me to play the extremes of the instrument with ease! This is a mouthpiece that allows me to create the sound that I need without having to do unnatural things with my chops that could eventually cause problems." -Alan Baer

Alan Baer MMVI F Tuba Signature Mouthpiece
Alan Baer and Giddings & Webster have taken the original signature model mouthpiece and put a flatter, narrower rim on it. In addition to this we have added a bit of mass around the throat of the mouthpiece, and we have made the mouthpiece out of 15-5 stainless steel. All of this combined makes a mouthpiece that is for folks who like a traditional flat rim with a sharper inner bite for their orchestral tuba playing needs. The 15-5 stainless steel is a high quality aerospace material that is harder than our regular 304 stainless steel mouthpieces.

 

 

Size Guide

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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 0.265 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