Endorsed and played by the legendary Randy Dunn! The GIT R DUNN has an inside rim diameter of .600″ combined with a wide, comfortable cushioned rim. It has a medium shallow to shallow bowl-shaped cup (similar to Bach D/E in depth), and the Legends enhanced throat and throat cylinder length. The backbore is a Legends Chicago for a broad sound. The JT blank has enough mass to give a rich dark concert tone, but not so much mass that the upper register can’t be bright. This mouthpiece is specifically designed to be able give the rich, dark, blendable tone desired for symphonic and classical music, while still supporting upper register playing, even for extended periods.
If you need to be able to switch back and forth between classical and lead trumpet style music, or if you are playing a lot of demanding orchestral or classical chamber music or concert music and you are afraid that you might not have the chops, range, and endurance to get the job done, then the Legends .600” GIT R DUNN trumpet mouthpiece will get the job done, for sure! This mouthpiece has definitely made my trumpet playing a lot easier, and both of my Legends Brass mouthpieces have made my job of playing music a lot more fun and joyful for me.
Randy Dunn’s mouthpiece kit:
- .600″ JT CS for solo, lead, and piccolo trumpet parts
- .600″ GIT R DUNN for classical and orchestral work
Randy Dunn explains:
“I am able to easily play up around double-high C on this mouthpiece with just about the same ease that I am able to when I use my normal lead trumpet mouthpiece, which is the Legends Brass .600” JT CS (Jet-Tone Charlie Shavers model from Legends), a lead trumpet mouthpiece that feels and blows almost exactly the same as the .600” GIT R DUNN mouthpiece, due to the fact that both of these mouthpieces have the same rim, throat size, and cylinder. But, the two mouthpieces have different backbores and different cup depths, and these different features are what mostly account for the different, contrasting tone qualities of these two mouthpieces. It is also worth noting here that my lead trumpet mouthpiece, the Legends .600” JT CS, is also an excellent piccolo trumpet mouthpiece–the best piccolo trumpet mouthpiece that I have ever played on, as I also stated in my review of the Legends JT CS mouthpiece that is posted on the Legends Brass website at the link below.
NOTE: Please also see my review of the related Legends Brass .600” JT CS mouthpiece at the following link for more information about that mouthpiece: https://legendsbrass.com/2019/09/05/randy-dunn-reviews-jt-cs-600-and-rm-16s-trumpet-mouthpieces/ ]
Like the .600” GIT R DUNN mouthpiece, the Legends .600” JT CS is also a very versatile mouthpiece. Although, in my opinion, it is best suited for lead trumpet playing, the JT CS also works great for jazz soloing (especially when extended range is needed or desired), and most trumpet players could probably even get away with using it on light classical and orchestral gigs. But, the GIT R DUNN mouthpiece is much better suited for classical and orchestral music, especially heavy-duty, more intense selections that require a lot more weight, power, and volume of sound. I am able to drive the GIT R DUNN mouthpiece a lot harder, enabling me to produce stronger notes at greater volumes on it than I am able to produce on the JT CS (Although, the JT CS has more edge to its sound, which creates the illusion of loudness that enables it to more easily cut through a big band that is playing loudly.) Plus, the GIT R DUNN mouthpiece also blends much more easily with other orchestral trumpeters and brass players, especially when using this mouthpiece to play first trumpet parts in an orchestra or chamber music group, or similar ensemble.
If, like me, you do a lot of switching back and forth between playing classical/orchestral music gigs and playing lead trumpet/jazz gigs, or if you often play both styles of music on the same gig (as is often the case with theater gigs, pops concerts, and with the blended church service gigs which are so common these days), then I highly recommend that you get both the Legends .600” GIT R DUNN mouthpiece and the Legends .600” JT CS mouthpiece, so that you have exactly the right tool (and the best tool) to use, no matter what kind of music you are playing. With these two mouthpieces, you will be ready for anything.”
Randy Dunn Bio:
Randy Dunn is a professional trumpet player who lives and works in the greater Houston area. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he studied trumpet with James Austin, former principal trumpet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Working as a professional trumpet player for over 40 years, Randy has performed a wide variety of music, including classical, sacred, jazz, and pop. But, for most of his career, he has worked primarily as a classical trumpeter. While Randy often performs with local musicians from area orchestras, he also plays regularly with big bands and various jazz ensembles. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with numerous famous musicians, including Doc Severinsen (a key mentor and inspiration), Johnny Mathis, and Casey Abrams. Randy has also done recording work in projects for film, television, and commercials, including recording the trumpet fanfares for the BBC TV movie, The Dresser (2015), starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellan.
In addition to his career playing the trumpet, Randy was a public school band director until 2013. As a retired music educator, Randy remains involved with teaching, leading master classes and mentoring music students from area colleges, high schools, and middle schools.