The Ralph Morgan Mouthpiece 'Making' Philosophy
Author: Teresa Hoskins
There are many differences between Morgan Mouthpieces and other mouthpieces being manufactured today. A return to the principles of construction and acoustical design used for well over 100 years, from 1808 to around 1910 proves that they worked far better than the modern day ideas used today. Here is a list of the 'old' characteristics you will find in a Morgan Mouthpiece.
- The curvature (duck-billing) of the beak surface is attributable to early study by Gustave Langenus, which we continue to use in our production. Removal of a precisely graduated bulk of material in the beak area allows that portion to act as an auxiliary tone generator, enhancing the tone quality and producing much improved response. This allows much greater power and fine delicate control in all registers.
- Tips and side rails are contoured to fit the reed, thus producing maximum airflow over all segments of the tip of the reed simultaneously, resulting in superb response in accuracy of playing.
- Correct baffle configuration generates the required intensity of each harmonic to let you produce a warm rich singing sound without thinning and 'edge' in the altissimo.
- Chamber and throat designed to duplicate the correct cubic volume which allows you to enjoy a perfect smoothness of scale and response in all registers with virtually no manipulation or fixing of embouchures.
- Handcrafting, as was done with 100 years ago with the same kind of tools, enabling all the intricate contours needed in the chamber to be faithfully duplicated. Hand facing, accurate to .0004" assures that each facing is the same, time after time, allowing more reeds to work well for you.
With a Morgan Mouthpiece, you will find that you can relax your embouchure somewhat, take a little more mouthpieces and reed in the mouth and be able to play with a 'warm breath' instead of blowing so hard and feeling winded. Try one and you'll see!