Selecting a Mouthpiece

Welcome to the all new Mouthpiece Store. Here, we’ll introduce the basics of interacting with the site – how to select basic options such as decoration and material and end up with the mouthpiece you want. On subsequent pages we’ll talk about how to customise that mouthpiece should you wish to, with an infinite number of possible adjustments.

When you load up the site, you’ll see the morphing mouthpiece shown below as it morphs away and, if this urges you on to want to create your own mouthpiece, just scroll down the page.

Once you arrive at the instrument selection shown in the diagram below, click on the instrument you wish to edit. In this example, I will click on the trumpet so as to use the trumpet model to edit. The version you have may show a different selection of instruments.

Once the icon has been selected, the screen below will be displayed. You will need to hover over the mouthpiece image with your mouse to bring up the selection panel shown on the left of the screen.

read what the labels are telling you below:

If you wish return to the Home Page at any time, just click the PeakTone® icon where shown on the top diagram on this page.

The Current Mouthpiece with the Default Settings

The mouthpiece shown below this label is  a cross-sectional view of the default one so it’s the one which would be printed if you didn’t change anything

The Full View and Half View Buttons

The view shown when you start up the software is a cross-sectional view of the mouthpiece. This is most-likely to be the one you will work with most. In order to see the full mouthpiece, that’s a view from the outside, click the Full button here. The full view is particularly useful when you’re changing the decoration of the mouthpiece.

The All and Cup Buttons

When the software starts, the entire length of the mouthpiece is shown but, when just working on the cup, it’s better to have a view of just this part of the mouthpiece. By clicking  the Cup button, the view will be changed to show just the cup. If the view is also set to Full, you’ll see the outside of the cup and if it’s set to Half, you’ll see a cross-sectional view of this.

What the Current Mouthpiece would Cost to Print

Just below the label which says PeakTone Trumpet, you will see a price which is telling you what this mouthpiece would cost to print given the current specifications, such as decoration and material. The biggest influencer of price is the material with which you choose to have the mouthpiece printed. there’s more on that below and in Modifying your Mouthpiece and Buying a Mouthpiece.

Select the Currency

The arrow here is pointing to a simple drop-down menu which allows you to see the price expressed in a variety of currencies (currently, £ (GBP), $, (US dollars), CAD (Canadian Dollars), € (Euros), ¥ (Japanese Yen). The price indicated is that which is applicable to the currently-selected printing material and when the material is changed, the price will be updated automatically.

The Current Mouthpiece Selection

Mouthpieces for each of the instruments are provided in a range of sizes and styles. In the trumpet range, for instance, they are provided as four sizes each for the symphonic range and four for the jazz range. All eight variants are listed along with the current selection. You may click around these to take a look but the changes between individual mouthpieces are so small as to be scarcely noticable. Very small changes, of a few tenths of a millimetre or a few thousands of an inch can make an enormous difference to the way mouthpieces affect our playing.

The Current Mouthpiece Decoration

Each mouthpiece may be be given any one of five different external shapes and the default one shown on the screen is referred to here as the Slimline version. This has no decoration on it, is the lightest of all the models and the chaepest to print. You can click around the various options here to take a look at the different decorations available.

Scrolling Down Further…

If you use the scroll bar on the right-hand edge of the screen to scroll further down the page, you will find that the PeakTone trumpet label will remain where it is but the material below this will move upwards. At some stage, it will look like the image below. This is telling you that the current material is White Plastic and that there are two other materials available. If you click either one of these, you will see the price change.

Scrolling Down More…

As you scroll down even further, a number of other settings will appear, including four sliders. These will be discussed in the next tutorial and we will jump to the box which says Quantity.

On this box are the fairly-conventional facilities for ordering something off the internet. The Quantity box is for specifying how many mouthpieces you wish to order and the Add to Cart button sets the purchasing process in motion. To follow through the purchasing process, please click here.

The button on the bottom right of this box, the one marked SHARE lets you share your design with other people in a variety of ways. It is discussed here.

Once you have worked your way through this page, you can pass on to a page which shows you how to create a mouthpiece which has the characteristics which you require by clicking the Modifying your Mouthpiece menu item.