Standard Series Trumpet Mouthpieces

Design and Concept

Standard Series Trumpet MouthpieceEngineered like no other mouthpiece, the Curry Standard Line incorporates the same rim and bitepoint on the shallowest to the deepest cup within each diameter. This feature gives you the freedom to select the right cup for the job without having to get used to a different rim.

There is a gradual reduction of undercut, or initial slope into the main, or first cup, from the deeper B cup, to the shallow XS cup. This feature reduces the volume of the first cup. It also allows for more support in the upper register and a progressively brighter sound. The second cup is the convex portion of the cup that connects the first cup with the bore, or drill hole. Second cup dimensions are especially critical in determining resistance, definition of attacks, as well as the overall character and timbre of sound. Second cup dimensions in the Curry Standard Line are consistent throughout each diameter, so that a relatively shallow 3Z has many of the same sound characteristics as the deeper 3C or 3B cups.

 

 

Curry Size   1H 1 1.25 1.5 2 3 (**) 5 7 8.5 10.5
  cup diameter .684" .680" .672" .670" .668" .665" .660" .652" .639" .625"
  mm 17.37 17.2 17 17 16.9 16.9 16.7 16.7 16.23 15.9
  64ths 43.8/64 43.5/64 43/64 42.9/64 42.75 42.6/64 42/64 41.7/64 41/64 40/64
deep concave-convex Trumpet-Flugel 1H TF 1 TF 1.25 TF 1.5 TF 2 TF 3 TF. 5 TF 7 TF 8.5 TF 10.5 TF
deep v Trumpet-Cornet 1H TC 1 TC 1.25 TC 1.5 TC 2 TC 3 TC. 5 TC 7 TC 8.5 TC 10.5 TC
hybrid deep Chicago Models 1H BC 1BC 1.25 BC 1.5 BC 2 BC 3 BC. 5 BC 7 BC 8.5 BC 10.5 BC
deeper bowl B 1 HB 1B 1.25 B 1.5 B 2 B 3B. 5B 7B 8.5B 10.5 B
medium bowl C 1 HC 1C 1.25 C 1.5 C 2 C 3C. 5C 7C 8.5C 10.5 C
medium shallow* DE 1 HDE 1 DE 1.25 DE 1.5 DE 2 DE 3 DE. 5 DE 7 DE 8.5 DE 10.5 DE
medium shallow* ZM 1HM 1M 1.25 M 1.5 M 2 M 3M. 5M 7M 8.5 M 10.5 M
medium shallow* STAR 1H STAR 1 STAR 1.25 STAR 1.5 STAR 2 STAR 3 STAR. 5 STAR 7 STAR 8.5 STAR 10.5 STAR
shallow Z 1H Z. 1Z. 1.25 Z. 1.5 Z. 2 Z. 3Z.. 5Z. 7Z. 8.5Z. 10.5 Z.
extra shallow XS 1H XS. 1XS. 1.25 XS. 1.5 XS. 2 XS. 3XS.. 5XS. 7XS. 8.5XS. 10.5 XS.

 

* Technically speaking, the DE, M, and Star cups are the same depth to the bore. They differ significantly in cup shape. Please refer to Mouthpiece Overlays page for more info.
** Note: All Curry 3 rim sizes now have a dot (.) after the size. This is the current 3 rim profile offered since 2004. The older 3 rims (no dot) are available as special order only. The (.) dot rim has proved to be even more popular than the old 3 rim profile. This rim is also based off of an older Mount Vernon rim and is more compatible to today's 3 rim player looking to switch to Curry 3 rims. 

Cup Descriptions: 

TF Cup: Not a flugelhorn cup on a trumpet blank, but a brand-new design! It incorporates the depth of sound you get on a flugel piece without the excess cup volume that makes those style mouthpieces difficult to play. It  is in tune to high C and above, yet you can play softly and firmly in the low register. Perfect for soft orchestral passages, intimate jazz settings, or for just "working out". The cup is roughly 1/3 concave (trumpet-like) and 2/3 convex (flugel-like) with a special backbore and a .153"  (3.89mm) bore. To compensate for tuning, the mouthpiece is .400" shorter than the standard Curry length of 3.5" You can put this mpc. in the horn and leave your tuning slide in approximately the same position. This has also proved to be a favorite mellophone cup for many prominent Drum and Bugle Corps.

TC Cup: very similar to the TF design, but the bottom convex portion of the cup is 3/16" shallower. The TC has many of the same sound and playing characteristics of the TF cup, but  has a slightly lighter blow. This cup will brighten when pushed and the upper register is easier to attain. A huge core is present in the sound and can be used as an everyday mouthpiece for those who prefer large cups.

BC Cup: The BC, or "Chicago" cup is actually a 1-piece version of the C rim combined with the Bach-style B cup. Excellent for orchestral work.

B Cup: The Curry B cup is more like a deeper C cup (The Bach B cup is more funnel shaped, and has a different rim). Good when a deep rich tone is required.

C Cup: The Curry C cup is patterned after the Mount Vernon C cups. Each diameter in the line has it's own unique shape. Great for all-around work.

DE Cup: The DE cup is also a medium depth mouthpiece. It features a slightly more open 2nd cup that allows good volume without getting too edgy. Crossover and piccolo trumpeters will find this an attractive cup. Now Offered in the Curry Cornet shank as the "P" (Piccolo trumpet Model).

ZM Cup: The Curry ZM cup (usually marked "M" on the mpc.) has proven to be an excellent "crossover" mouthpiece for those players who need to play both classical and jazz. Slightly shallower than the C cup, it's medium cup has enough tone to satisfy most classical needs, yet is bright enough to play parts in a big band.

Star Cup: The Star cup is a more bowl-shaped mouthpiece that provides a sparkling tone and crisp attacks. Also medium in depth, it favors commercial work.

Z Cup: The Z cup is often preferred by lead trumpeters and those who play the higher piccolo trumpet parts. The rim and undercut give support in the upper register. Big sound, rather than edgy, is characteristic of this cup.

XS Cup: The XS cup is ideal for those players who have very little lip intrusion into the cup. It needs to be played with a light touch and fast air in order to exploit it's capabilities!

Throats

Trumpet Standard Bore .1455" (3.7mm) This may be classified as a “loose #27 drill.” It allows a #27 reamer to pass easily through the throat after plating. Smallest Bore available is #29 .136" (3.45 mm). All “B” cups are a standard #26 bore. BC cup mouthpieces are a #24 bore. Z and XS cups (December 2008) now come standard with a #28 throat and 50S backbore (High Compression format). These newer models have a dot (.) after the size, i.e. "5Z." 

Backbores

Years of research has proved that that backbore volume, along with rates of taper and shape determine the overall blowing characteristics of a mouthpiece. Curry has designed the most balanced combinations for the great majority of players.

  • BC Cups - #2 (“Schmidt” - style)
  • B and C cups - #10 standard
  • Star, DE, ZM, and 600 Series cups - #X10 standard
  • Z and XS cups - #50S standard with #28 throat