Vincent Bach trumpet mouthpieces have been regarded as among the best in the world for the better part of a century. Modern Bach mouthpieces come in a wide range of sizes, with different cup diameters, shapes, and backbores to suit every style of playing.
A complete catalog with commentary on each mouthpiece can be found on the Bach website:
What the numbers mean
Bach trumpet, cornet and fluegelhorn mouthpieces have been numbered in an orderly progression from the largest to the smallest diameters and from the deepest to the most shallow cup, each with a choice of rim designs. Model numbers progress numerically from model #1 with the largest cup diameter, to model #20C with the smallest cup diameter.
Choosing the right cup is a matter of matching your embouchure, repertoire, and personal preferences. It is important that you try and compare mouthpieces with your specific horn to find the right match for your needs.
What the letters mean
- “A” Models have very deep cups, #24 backbores, and emit a large, dark sound.
- Models with no letter designation (standard) have deep cups, #10 backbores, and produce a rich, full, clear tone.
- “B” Models have medium deep cups, #7 backbores, and have a full, Teutonic tone with great volume.
- “C” Models have medium cups, #10 backbores, and are preferred by many players that alternate between B b, C and D trumpet.
- “D” Models have medium-shallow cups, #76 backbores, and produce a sparkling, brilliant tone, especially in the high register. Artists who continually play in the extreme high register use them to advantage.
- “E” Models have shallow cups, #117 backbores, and are designed for use on soprano and piccolo trumpets. Also preferred by extreme high register players.
- “F” Models have extra-shallow cups, #76 backbores, and are also preferred by extreme high register players.
- “V” Models have V style cups. “V” designates a very deep cup, #20 throat, and #25 backbore; “MV” designates a medium deep cup, #25 throat, and #25 backbore; “SV” designates a shallow cup, #25 throat, and #25 backbore.
- “W” Models have a wide, cushion rim for soft, thick lips.