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Giddings Alan Baer Signature Tuba Mouthpiece

$210.00 $280.00

Item Details

Giddings Alan Baer Signature tuba mouthpieces are made from stainless steel in Puget Sound, Washington.  Produced since 2000, thisline is used by many professional players worldwide. 

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Frequently asked questions about Giddings mouthpieces


Features

  • Exceptional responsiveness, with quicker, cleaner attacks and articulation.
  • Delivering more tone and impact to the audience.
  • Superior to brass for resisting scratches, dents, and corrosion.
  • Rich, pure tone with more core,  but with a brilliant sparkle when pushed.
  • Significantly better than gold or silver plating. Never needs re-plating.
  • A huge improvement over plating for people who are allergic to silver or gold plating.
  • Satin finish is similar to silver grip
  • Polished finish is very smooth, comfortable surface similar to gold.
  • Machined from 304 surgical stainless steel
  • Years of experience working with top level musicians throughout the world

 
Size Chart

Model

Cup
Diameter 

Throat
Diameter

Cup
Depth

 

 

Alan Baer
Original CC

1.295"

0.321"

Deep

 

Designed for Alan Baer, principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic. Alan designed this mouthpiece to be a perfect balance of sound, control, and functionality. It is at home in the largest orchestra and designed as the only mouthpiece you will ever need on CC tuba. This mouthpiece delivers rich focused overtones with great projection, easy articulation, and consistent pitch throughout the range of the tuba.

 

Alan Baer
MMVI CC

1.295

0.321

Deep

 

Alan Baer and Giddings have taken the original signature model CC mouthpiece and put a flatter narrower rim on it. In addition to this we have added a bit of mass around the throat of the mouthpiece, and we have made the mouthpiece out of 15-5 stainless steel. All of this combined makes a mouthpiece that is for folks who like a traditional flat rim with a sharper inner bite for their orchestral tuba playing needs. The 15-5 stainless steel is a high quality aerospace material that is harder than our regular 304 stainless steel mouthpieces.

 

Alan Baer
Original F

1.295

0.295

Medium

 

Alan requested that we design a mouthpiece for F tuba with the exact rim size and shape as the orchestral CC tuba mouthpiece. This ingenious design allows individuals to switch from one tuba to the next while retaining the same set up on the embouchure. The F tuba mouthpiece has a shallower cup, and smaller backbore that creates an ideal F tuba voice. The Alan Baer Signature model F tuba mouthpiece is at home in a large orchestra and when used as a solo mouthpiece. Rim 1.295, throat .295

 

Alan Baer
MMX F Solo

1.295

0.295

Shallow

 

The Alan Baer MMX F solo piece has the same inner rim diameter as the other Baer pieces although the rim is just a little wider overall. The cup is shallower than the F tuba mouthpiece, however the throat and back bore are very similar. Overall the solo mouthpiece is designed to have a slightly brighter sound but seamlessly transition to the other mouthpieces in the Baer lineup.

 

Alan Baer
Beltane F

1.295

0.312

Shallow

 

The Beltane mouthpiece was finished late in April, and Alan and I/Ivan were both enjoying family time outside around fires. Beltane, the Gaelic May Day Festival, is held on April 30 or May 1, about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Bonfires are a key part of the festival marking the beginning of summer. Thus came this mouthpiece name.

'Recently I was asked, "Why would a tuba player need a solo mouthpiece?" My response was, “Because it's the right tool for the right job.” No single piece of equipment will do everything the best. I'm expected to perform everything to the absolute best of my ability. If I'm fighting a piece of equipment in any way, it detracts from my performance, period. This new solo mouthpiece allows me to create a great cutting solo sound that will allow me to cut through an ensemble as well as allow me to play the extremes of the instrument with ease! This is a mouthpiece that allows me to create the sound that I need without having to do unnatural things with my chops that could eventually cause problems.' - Alan Baer

 

Alan Baer
MMVI F

1.295

0.321

Medium

 

Alan Baer and Giddings have taken the original signature F tuba mouthpiece and put a flatter narrower rim on it. In addition to this we have added a bit of mass around the throat of the mouthpiece, and we have made the mouthpiece out of 15-5 stainless steel. All of this combined makes a mouthpiece that is for folks who like a traditional flat rim with a sharper inner bite for their orchestral tuba playing needs. The 15-5 stainless steel is a high quality aerospace material that is harder than our regular 304 stainless steel mouthpieces.

 

Testimonials

"Giddings has come up with one fantastic orchestral mouthpiece.  This piece has proved to me that we should never stop looking ahead in our search for the perfect tuba sound.  Anything that I can do on my brass pieces are intensified with the stainless sound intensity, articulation, clarity, it has it all.  This mouthpiece should be especially useful for those playing larger horns that need that extra boost.  I'm very sensitive to certain silver plating, so I was a bit apprehensive about playing on stainless steel.  To this point I've had absolutely no reaction to the piece. In fact, I really prefer the smoothness of the stainless over silver or gold.   It's just plain easier on the chops, and it will never change, no replating ever....The finished product is just magnificent to look at and the tolerances from piece to piece is fabulous.  This aspect is especially critical to me because I know the shanks are the proper size for the horn and the rims from CC tuba to F tuba will match exactly.  There is also an F tuba piece in the works that will go hand in hand with the orchestral C."

 

Alan Baer 
Principal Tuba
New York Philharmonic

 

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