This model is inspired by a mouthpiece played by the legendary Maynard Ferguson. In the late 1960’s, Maynard worked with Jack Bell, a mouthpiece craftsman in England. Together they created the FBL (Ferguson-Bell Limited) series of mouthpieces. Three depths were originally created, the TS (shallow), TM (medium) and TD (deep). Rumor has it that Maynard was using this series of mouthpieces, and possibly the TD, when he recorded the original “MacArthur Park”. Legends Brass was able to scan a vintage FBL TD for this design. The rim is round and extremely comfortable, to support those rich upper-register solos. Cup depth is very hard to quantify because the cup shape is a straight V from rim to throat. A best estimate would be similar to Bach C/D (medium to medium shallow). To make this mouthpiece accommodating to a wide range of players, it has a #27 throat and the Legends S backbore.
Legends Brass MF FBL Kit:
These mouthpieces have identical rims, and same cup shapes. There are four different cup depths.
Check out this review of the MF FBL mouthpieces by Tyler Jaeger:
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