Blessing Trumpet Mouthpiece - 3C
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10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Comparable to Bachs - for much less money Jun 06, 2011
By E. Sikorski
I have been a big proponent of Blessing mouthpieces for at least the past five years. I always recommend them to my private students as well as purchase them for my middle school band students. As a trumpet player with over 20 years experience, I can confidently recommend these to any intermediate level trumpet player. They are built as well as Bach mouthpieces, but cost much less (almost half as much). Having had dozens of students purchase these mouthpieces, I can also attest to them possessing consistent product quality and construction. Highly recommend.
The 3C is definitely a good step up mouthpiece after having played for awhile (a year or more) on a 5C, and with a strong enough embouchure to make sure upper register playing does not suffer. I usually recommend this to my more advanced high school trumpet students.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Son loves this mouthpiece! Feb 24, 2011
Bought this mouthpiece for my son. He says the mouthpiece increases his range, improves his tone and is more comfortable than his 5B mouthpiece.
7 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Excellent, though not analogous to Bach Jul 13, 2011
By D. Alexander
I'm sitting here fiddling with a Blessing 3C, a Bach 3C, and a Bach 7C, and wondering how anyone could consider the Blessing like the others. I've played trumpet for about 15 years, 10 of them seriously. This doesn't make me an authority on mouthpieces or the instrument, but the variances are not subtle. My Bach 7C and 3C are current as of 2005. The Blessing, 1995.
From the outside, the Blessing cup is noticeably more shallow, perhaps as much as 2mm. This is apparent playing, as is the comparatively smooth edge of the inner rim. A sharper edge makes it easier to slot into notes and harder to do flexibility exercises like lip slurs. The inner rim of the 7C has a fairly sharp edge. The 3C, less so. Cup width on the 7C and Blessing feel about the same. The 3C is slightly larger. While opinions differ on the appropriate amount of pressure to use, the 3C supports more than the Blessing and certainly the 7C.
Tonally, the 7C and 3C sound and play similarly. Both have fine intonation, particularly with lower notes, and slot easily. The Blessing requires a bit more embouchure control to manage the same and can't produce the same volume. Above middle-G on a B-flat horn, they all sound very similar.
Some differences took more time to pinpoint. I started on a 7C for two or three years and then switched to the Blessing. In college, I attempted to move to a 3C more than once. This was never successful. On both my 3C and 7C, my range drops four or five notes. The 7C's sharp edge and the 3C's large feel did no favors for my endurance or flexibility. I find the Blessing a versatile accomplice that I always seem to come back to.
A few general thoughts:
No two people will respond the same way to a particular mouthpiece. The best you can do is play the percentages; it's unlikely that a young player would have the strength or control for a 1C or a flat-cup lead mouthpiece, so the 7C is a default. It takes experience to tell if the physical differences I've described above would be more or less suited to your playing style.
The Blessing shouldn't be a backup for a Bach 3C. A Bach 3C should be a backup for a Bach 3C. They're not impossible to switch between, but you're liable to have problems in a technical piece if you expect similar response.
Different playing styles benefit from different mouthpieces. I don't have the chops to play lead on a Bach 3C. Others have had better luck. I find that 2nd and 3rd parts where tonality is important, or the high volumes of marching band, benefit more. The 7C is a similar story for people with slightly smaller lips. The Blessing is a compromise that, with my predominately middle parts and limited endurance, worked for me.
Good Apr 06, 2013
Sounds great, easy to adapt to. I am able to hit a high Bb compared to only a high G on my King 7C
What he wanted Mar 26, 2013
By A. Adkins
It's exactly what my son wanted for band and he says it works great and has helped him immensely. If he's happy, I'm happy.
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