Choosing a backbore can take a little trial and error, but getting the right feel and sound is well worth the effort! Using a two-piece (top and backbore) mouthpiece gives you the advantage of being able to change your sound without having to adjust to a different rim and cup.
The feel of a backbore is sometimes described as the ‘blow’. It can range from tight to open. A tight blow can boost the player’s ability in the upper register. But too much increased resistance can stifle the sound and exhaust the lips. If you’re playing a lot of high and technical parts (lead or solos), you may want to try a backbore with a tight feel. If you’re gassing out too fast, you might need a more open backbore to relieve some of the resistance.
The sound of the backbore can range from focused to broad. This may be affected by the internal shape of the backbore, as well as the mass (light or heavy blank). If you need a lot of projection, such as for a solo or a performance in a large or crowded venue, you may want to try a focused lightweight backbore. If you’re looking for a dark and blended sound, a broad sounding heavyweight backbore is what you’ll need.
Legends Brass has seven backbores to choose from. They are all available in both lightweight and heavyweight blanks. In every case, the lightweight blank isn’t as efficient, making the sount a little more focused. The heavyweight will have a slightly broader sound. Together they cover the spectrum of sound characteristics.
Legends “Manhattan” Backbore: Our tightest backbore. The Manhattan has great focus and nice resistance. It is specifically geared for the needs of players on those extended performances and all night gigs.
Legends “T” Backbore: A tight backbore with a lot of sizzle and focus. It has just enough resistance to support a solid upper register. This backbore is a good choice for solo and lead parts that need some projection.
Legends “LA” Backbore: Our commercial backbore, perfect for studio musicians and those who want to be! This is a copy of a backbore designed by the legendary Johnny Madrid. This backbore’s sound has great sizzle, core, and enhanced upper harmonics.
Legends “Vegas” Backbore: More open than the LA, but more focused than the S. Our customers find that this backbore has a nice blend of sizzle and core. It’s well suited for blending in the middle register but has some upper register zing when needed.
Legends “S” Backbore: Our standard backbore, used on most of our mouthpieces.This backbore has a lot of core, slots well, and enhances the player’s endurance. It’s a great backbore for almost any situation. It has a great sound in the lower register and the upper register, too.
Legends “O” Backbore: More open than the S, but tighter than the Chicago backbore. This backbore has a dark sound with a lot of core. It’s perfect for situations that call for a broad sound with solid slotting, but good endurance.
Legends “CHICAGO” Backbore: Our most open backbore, with the darkest broadest sound. This backbore is ideal for a smoky jazz sound. It also works well for solo and lead players who like an open blow.