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Asymmetric

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
 
3.4

(based on 29 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

love/hate

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...Read complete review

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

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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love/hate

By Fred-diOQf

from washington, DC

About Me Experienced

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

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    (1 of 2 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.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DONT BUY

    By Jose_s92

    from Edinburg, TX

    Comments about Asymmetric Lead 342 Trumpet Mouthpiece:

    This mouthpiece only worsens your embouchure. It feels amazingly weird on your lips and isn't as good as it seems. Try to buy other mouthpieces. Don't buy anything that has a weird cup. Stick to just small mouthpieces.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Horrible!

    By Old Guy-TZvj1

    from Florida

    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!!

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    (2 of 2 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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Ehhh...

    By Old Guy-TZvj1

    from Florida

    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.

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    (1 of 1 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.

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    (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

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    (1 of 1 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.

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    (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.

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