Pizka Mouthpiece - Pizka Mundstück
Pizka Classic ®
(all prices plus 16% tax for customers within the EU European Union, 19% from Jan.1st 2007).
The Viennese type mouthpieces are of a wider bore (5,0 mms), have a very narrow rim with a soft inner edge. There is no cup inside, as all the inner wall is straight, to make the mouthpiece full taper, the real funnel type mouthpiece. The inside diameter is about 17.5 mms, the classical dimension. This type of mouthpiece is the continuation of the classical horn mouthpiece.
Be aware that the rim is really narrow, but it does not "bite" as the edges are carefully softened. All mouthpieces are precisely the same, as all is made by computer command machines. All mouthpieces are inspected by myself personally.
It allows the velvet sound, the beautiful natural slurs, gliding from harmonic to harmonic. It is the best mouthpiece for the use with the natural horn & the hunting horn. I recommend it for all horn players. It fits as well for the Viennese Horn as it improves the sound quality on the double horn. It has cured many damaged embouchures because of its less resistance against the tone production, less than other mouthpieces. The extreme thin rim prevents from pressing too much, otherwise killing the embouchure. The regular metal is yellow brass but heavy silver plated or gold plated.
mouthpiece is available in only two versions:
2) very thick shaft: to fit extreme wide old Pumpenhorn crooks from the past (some few pieces left)
The narrow shaft fits the American zero morse taper requirements.
gold plated EURO €
orders from overseas do not require paying VAT, but will be charged with the costs for registered mail EURO 2.25 and the actual shipping costs of around 5.75 € total € 8,-
Some customer/user comments:
Jonathan Shifflet wrote:
I picked it up this morning (early, from the post office). It's terrific! Just what I have been looking for. I love the rim:-) The intonation is great, flexibility is better and it's consistent through-out the register. Thanks so much, I love it:-)
I have started using it full-time now. It's "openness" makes it a
little easier to make myself heard against the trumpets & trombone in
I bought one of your sterling silver mouthpieces at the IHS workshop last month. (I'm the guy who used to be a programmer at Microsoft.) The first time I practiced with it, I did manage to cut my lip. Since then, I have switched to use it exclusively and have learned to use less pressure (more effective than Farkas "lay the horn on a table" method, eh?). I've got many nice compliments on the improvement in my sound! Much more open and with better projection. Thank you!
There is one thing that I miss about my old mouthpiece (a Holton MDC):
the gold plating.
Anyway, I'd like to order another to keep in reserve in case I Iose or
damage this one.
I finally recieved my mouthpiece a few days ago. So far, it's amazing.
The thin rim feels very comfortable and fits snugly into my lower lip
continue to enjoy the mouthpiece, and I have played it almost exclusively
since it arrived. You might be interested in some additional observations.
(alle Preise zuzüglich 16% MWSt. für alle Kunden innerhalb der E.U. , ab 1.Jan.2007 19%)
Die Wiener Mundstücke sind weiter gebohrt (5,0 mm) und haben einen schmalen Rand, allerdings mit sehr weicher innerer Kante. Das Mundstück hat innen keinen Bauch sondern gerade Wände (eigentlich leicht konkav). Der Innendurchmesser beträgt 17,5 mm, also das klassische Maß. Dieser Mundstücktypus ist die Fortentwicklung des klassischen Hornmundstücks.
Beachten Sie bitte, daß der Rand echt schmal ist aber nicht "beißt". Alle "Kanten" sind sorgfältig "entschärft". Alle Mundstücke werden mit computergesteuerten Drehautomaten mit äußerster Präzision hergestellt und sind völlig gleich. Trotzdem werden sie von mir persönlich einzeln kontrolliert.
Dieses Mundstück erlaubt den samtigen Ton, ermöglicht schöne Naturbindungen, das Gleiten von Oberton zu Oberton. Es ist das beste Mundstück für das Naturhorn und das Jagdhorn. Natürlich empfehle ich dieses Mundstück allen Hornisten. Es passt aufs Wiener Horn genauso gut, wie es beim Doppelhorn den Toncharakter entschieden verbessert. Es hat bei vielen Bläsern dazu geholfen, den beschädigten Ansatz zu reparieren, da es weniger Widerstand gegen die Tonerzeugung bietet. Der extrem dünne Rand verhindert zu starken Mundstück-druck. Es tut nur einmal weh, - und das wirkt nachhaltig. So bläst man einfach viel lockerer. Die Mundstücke sind aus Messing, jedoch stark versilbert oder vergoldet.
Es gibt zwei Versionen:
1 1) dünner Schaft, passend auf fast alle gängigen Mundrohre (Zero Morse Taper, USA Norm) paßt auch bei Alexander Hörnern
2) Extra dicker Schaft: für besonders weite alte Wiener Horn Bögen (nur noch wenige Exemplare)
Messing, glanzversilbert EURO € 55.- ,
vergoldet EURO €
John Pirtle posted to the Hornlist:
I moved from a Paxman 4B to one of Prof Pizka's mouthpieces at the beginning of March. It's been +7 weeks and I'm just now starting to feel like I'm close to getting back to where I was before.
I've been meaning to post a follow-up to my initial review of the mouthpiece, so here's a short one:
You know the feeling you have when you take off heavy boots and put on brand new lightweight tennis shoes? Or sort of like major league batters swinging 3 bats before they step to the plate??
Well that's how the Pizka mouthpiece felt for the first 2-3 days. I was up and down and all over the horn. Then it went down hill. Then I dug myself into a hole. #1 - don't get too excited about new hardware and overplay. I probably injured myself that first weekend.
I gave it a couple of days rest and that certainly helped. The real
deal is that the Pizka mp is very thin-rimmed and quite deep. This
All this is due to the embouchure support that the thin rim requires.
The first 2-3 weeks fatigue set in sooner than it used to. Now, 7 weeks
When you practice, it is important to stop/pause/ rest between etudes/studies/exercises/etc. This is good for everybody. But it is even more important for a thin rim mouthpiece. If I just hammer and hammer away at a Gallay etude without stopping a few minutes I can feel a certain bit of numbness from the thin rim. However, as I've built better embouchure support etc, this numbness is fading away. Long tones are really good exercises for a new mouthpiece.
I'm still very pleased with the Pizka mouthpiece. It seems to work
well with my King Eroica. Now: I'm just an amateur - any of you who play
lots of horn everyday or every week please don't just jump from one
mouthpiece to another. This has been a big change for even me and I've
probably got less skill than most of you. My playing has sometimes been
good, but often below par. I've been trying hard to practice for close to
an hour per day through all this. I kind of expect that in the next 2-3
weeks my range and
And once I get my head above water - OH how FAR I still have to go....
No actually many things of my horn playing have tremendously improved over the past couple of months. A lot of my slurs are nicer, some of my articulation is cleaner, etc. The tough part has been clean slurs in the upper part of the staff - some of that is needing the support developed, but a lot of it is my own bad which a friend noticed and gave me some good advice which has been very helpful, thank you LC.
So, wait for a boring summer for big mouthpiece changes. You'll need
time to take your time. You can't rush things. I've tried fighting with
Thank you very much for the mouthpiece.
Never before have I had such a good one.
The air flows naturally and it is very easy to play high and low register.