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Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece

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A revolution in trumpet mouthpiece design.

Created by John Lynch, professional trumpet player and nuclear physicist/engineer, the Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece is an incredible innovation in mouthpiece technology. If you're tired of playing the same old, warmed-over version of a 1938 radially symmetric trumpet mouthpiece, try the new Asymmetric! It extends the range of your trumpet a half-octave! The Lead 342 mouthpiece is the ultimate embodiment of the concept, having laserlike cutting power and a bright, full, brutal sound. Semi-flat upper rim, 24 throat, and a dual semi-tight backbore. Asymmetric Lead 342 mouthpiece comes with pouch and brush.


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AsymmetricLead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece
 
3.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good response (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I've bought a few of these over the years each piece is...

So... Where to start .... I love asymmetric I wish I could get one for my bone as well, so I play it upside down, you lose the range that they...Read complete review

So... Where to start .... I love asymmetric I wish I could get one for my bone as well, so I play it upside down, you lose the range that they say it helps you with but you get the fat sound underneath you can't get if you play it the way they tell you to. Now man different strokes for different folks, it's gimmicky, I like it draw back I've been playing on it for ten years it's hard to play on a 7c now.... I just can't do it it's like playing a trombone piece trying to hit a trip C. Any ways my names smidge Malone I play and sing for THE STUMBLEBUM BRASS BAND AND THE SUNNYSIDE SOCIAL CLUB.... I DO THINK ITS GREAT JUST TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Definitely not the mouthpiece of the future...

I'm an experienced college lead player who's been playing on a 1 1/2C since high school... I thought I'd try out the asymmetric because John Lynch was very convincing on his website...Read complete review

I'm an experienced college lead player who's been playing on a 1 1/2C since high school... I thought I'd try out the asymmetric because John Lynch was very convincing on his website about the scientific specifications of the mouthpiece and why it's supposed to be able to improve a player's range by half an octave. I kept the mouthpiece for over a week, playing on it every day. It did improve my range by more than half an octave, but the tone quality was horrible, and it was almost impossible to play in the middle register (C below the staff to C on the staff). Also, when going back to the 1 1/2C to practice my legit playing, I felt like I'd been punched in the mouth. This mouthpiece may work for some people, but I'd advise anyone looking for a good lead mouthpiece that won't destroy your tone to look into Shilke, Stork, or Reeves products rather than taking a chance on this mouthpiece.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ehhh...

By Old Guy-TZvj1

from Florida

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Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

Preety good mouthpiece. The only problem I have with this is that before I was useing a Bach and that is a preety shallow mouthpiece. Then when I switched to the Asymmetric it was hard so I blew more air to make the sound better. Overall this is a sick looking mouthpiece and the sound is some what okay. Its pricey but the high notes are A LOT easier. And it came with an instruction paper if your having trouble.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Give it a try

By MrD

from New Smyrna Beach,FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Response
  • Good Tone
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

    I play a trumpet & also a 3 valve Bugle in the key of G in an alumni Drum & Bugle Corp.This mouthpiece helps me to play easier in the upper register & project a good sound and gives me better endurance.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    love/hate

    By Fred-diOQf

    from washington, DC

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Good Response
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      bought it, tried it, hated it; then I took a couple months off from playing and when I restarted I tried it again and loved it; increased range and endurance; must watch instructions online to learn a couple of tricks that make this mouthpiece fun

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mouthpiece

      By Bach43

      from West Virginia

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      This mouthpiece increased my range, but also gave me a brighter sound which is great for my lead trumpet work. This mouthpiece is designed for jazz, DO NOT USE IN A CONCERT SETTING. It is very hard to blend with a full orchestral section. I'd recomend in those cases to use the 545 Opera.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not a Marketing Gimmick

      By Steviver

      from Lebanon, Oregon

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      I have been using this mouthpiece for over 3 years, and for someone to say that it is just a marketing gimmick is quite laughable. The design helps the embouchure even switching to other mouthpieces. Lower register takes time and practice to adjust to. I have many mouthpieces down to a Bach 1E, none of them compare to the richness of tone of this mouthpiece.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is amazing. It must be tried to believe.

      By RBCory

      from Chesapeake, VA

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      I played trumpet many years ago in my youth for about 15 years. In my 40's I decided to take it up again just for fun. Unfortunately, I found my lip was in pretty bad shape and my range was very limited. Also, my endurance was limited to about 30 minutes or so of playing. The Assymetric increased my range immediately by about half an octave and my lip didn't become tired so quickly. It really works!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great tool, but don't expect an instant miracle

      By Chris-G8gjA

      from Washington

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      This mouthpiece, I must say, has been very good to me. It took me about 3 weeks to get used to the shape, and the wait, was deifinitely worth it.All in all, it improved my playing considerably. Not only am I now able to "scream" on the Asymmetric, but I can now play just as high with my Bach 7C. It corrected the way I play on other mouthpieces as well, and now I can switch between mouthpieces for different playing situations, and play just as well, with every mouthpiece. Definitely worth buying. I would really only recommend this mouthpiece to Lead jazz trumpeters (I am one), as the sound Does get a bit airy in the mid register, and low notes are harder to produce, so it isn't good for Symphony playing. But lead playing is fun and high notes are amazing with this mouthpiece!

      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Horrible!

      By Old Guy-TZvj1

      from Florida

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      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      Please, please please! Do not buy this mouthpiece! It is not worth the money trust me! Its wierd because I put it in the case it came with and the case it very small so its making the end of the mouthpeice to bend in and to create a sound that sounds horrible. It sound horrible even before! Dont take this "State of the art" mouthpiece crap. I was working on a double F and it made my emboucher even worse. And the cup size is soo deep so have to blow A LOT! And since you have no bottom lip support you cant really buzz that well. Like what he said... just a marketing gimmick. Dont buy any of the Assymetric mouthpieces trust me!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      untitled

      By juice

      from L.A., CA

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      Hands down, the best mouthpiece available. Try it. Different from anything you've ever used.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do not purchase

      By Ian McGuire

      from Grand Junction Colorado

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      this mouth piece has long term side effects because it disengages either the top lip or the bottom lip,which ever you choose to use, and will weaken your embouchure. if you are a student looking to extend your range this mouth piece may work for you. it can change your current embouchure, from what it was, to what it should normally be and if you are able to transfer the muscle memory from using the asymmetric to a normal mouth piece and keep the same embouchure, then this will be beneficial to you. In doing this, you should keep in mind that when transferring back you gain much more endurance and range over time. When switching back to the normal mouth piece, it is going to be different and very hard to play so be patient and dont get frustrated.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great, but take time

      By nunya07

      from Greensboro,NC

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      I've had this mouthpiece for over a year and have increased my range on this and other mouthpieces considerably. At first was difficult to adjust to but I found the way it was meant to be played and have good endurance, tone, and extreme range (working on a 4th octave topping out at 2 C's over the staff) and have used this mouthpiece for marching band and lead work and am happy with it. but be warned, it is hard to adjust to but quite worth it if you can.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not for everyone

      By Callet/Yamaha

      from Bklyn, NY

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      This was a difficult mouthpiece for me to adjust to. My range was reduced & felt that I was straining to play. I tried different mouthpieces through out the past 41 years, and this one was one of the most difficult to play. I sold it to a friend who loved it and sounded great playing it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Easy to use.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      This is the easiest mouthpiece to work with. With 18 years of experience I know when I see a good deal.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So far, wonderful

      By Tyler-S2XP0

      from Oregon

      Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

      Even after just having braces put on three days before, the second I used this mouthpiece I could suddenly play and sustain with good intonation a double high "G". This mouthpiece is wonderful. It will be very interesting to see how my playing will become after I adjust to a new embouchure.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I've bought a few of these over the years each piece is...

      By Smidge Malone

      from Nyc

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Flexible
      • Good Response
      • Good Tone
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

          So... Where to start .... I love asymmetric I wish I could get one for my bone as well, so I play it upside down, you lose the range that they say it helps you with but you get the fat sound underneath you can't get if you play it the way they tell you to. Now man different strokes for different folks, it's gimmicky, I like it draw back I've been playing on it for ten years it's hard to play on a 7c now.... I just can't do it it's like playing a trombone piece trying to hit a trip C. Any ways my names smidge Malone I play and sing for THE STUMBLEBUM BRASS BAND AND THE SUNNYSIDE SOCIAL CLUB.... I DO THINK ITS GREAT JUST TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Gimmick

          By Bobby D-yLblg

          from Smithtown, NY

          Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

          Just a gimmick. No range improvement after several months.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          band member

          By ???-MHU6h

          from LA, California

          Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

          not the best product, good for high range, but not good for marching in parades.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Definitely not the mouthpiece of the future...

          By rainking3317

          from Bethel, CT

          Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

          I'm an experienced college lead player who's been playing on a 1 1/2C since high school... I thought I'd try out the asymmetric because John Lynch was very convincing on his website about the scientific specifications of the mouthpiece and why it's supposed to be able to improve a player's range by half an octave. I kept the mouthpiece for over a week, playing on it every day. It did improve my range by more than half an octave, but the tone quality was horrible, and it was almost impossible to play in the middle register (C below the staff to C on the staff). Also, when going back to the 1 1/2C to practice my legit playing, I felt like I'd been punched in the mouth. This mouthpiece may work for some people, but I'd advise anyone looking for a good lead mouthpiece that won't destroy your tone to look into Shilke, Stork, or Reeves products rather than taking a chance on this mouthpiece.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Looks cool.....that's it

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

          Just a marketing gimmick...gimme a 3c and ill blow any assymetric user away.The trumpet players embochure and technique improve range and tone not mouthpieces.My friend bought and he sounds absolutely no different...if you buy do it cuz it looks cool

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          It Didn't Work for Me

          By Jim-xLHQ-

          from Jackson, CA

          Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

          Based on the glowing praise and phenomenal claims on the manufacturer's website, I suggested to my wife that I would like to have an asymmetrical mouthpiece as a Christmas present. I am an experienced musician, who worked professionally years ago, and now play 1st Trumpet in our local community band. I feel I gave it a serious try, reading and following all the written instructions. I cannot produce a decent tone with this mouthpiece, and have great difficulty playing any notes above the staff (G or higher). With my old, long-time mouthpiece my range is currently D above high C, and I played higher when I was younger (I am now 61).I believe that, among other things, the cup of the Lead mouthpiece is too shallow. I can't use the asymmetrical Lead at all. When I do, it sounds like a beginning trumpet student, with a tinny tone. Suffice to say, I am definitely not a satisfied customer

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