mouthpieces
Hand-crafted didgeridoo mouthpieces for trombone, euphonium, tuba, and bari sax.
Thank you for your interest. nu mouthpieces are currently available from two dealers. Virtuosity Musical Instruments in Boston, Massachusetts and Respiración Circular Avanzada in Spain. Contact them now to get your nu mouthpiece before they are sold! Production has been put on hold while I move.

We've set up a Facebook group where the nu community can post videos, announce gigs, give suggestions, etc. We're looking forwards to hearing the progress everyone can make! email us if you would like a T-shirt (the design is visible at the bottom of this page), we have plenty and will let them go cheap!​



  1. nu Mopane BBb/CC tuba mouthpiece
    John Baylies
  2. nu African Blackwood BBb/CC tuba mouthpiece
    Sean Murphy
  3. nu African Blackwood 30mmID large-shank trombone mouthpiece
    Eric Budd
  4. nu Honduran Rosewood bari sax mouthpiece
    Erik Nugent

Introduction

Woods

Care and Maintenance

   To clean your nu mouthpiece, gently use a lint-free cloth lightly dampened with an alcohol-based cleanser. DO NOT USE SOAP. Exotic woods are not meant to be rinsed with soap and water. This would remove the natural oils from the wood, which would void the warranty. We recommend that if you begin to see the finish wearing away, send the mouthpiece back to us and for $15 + shipping we will reapply the Tung Oil. 
nu mouthpieces are designed to bridge the gap between didgeridoo and low brass technique! They feature a contoured rim to facilitate circular breathing, and a wide-open bore to amplify formant harmonics. These are created by shaping the tongue and throat into a series of distinct, discrete forms that emphasize certain harmonics. We believe that a merger of didgeridoo and low brass techniques presents a lot of potential, and we are dedicated to helping the world realize that. We hope that you are as excited as us to hear what lies ahead!
nu mouthpieces are available in African Blackwood, Honduran Rosewood, and Mopane. African Blackwood (aka Grenadilla) is the same wood used in clarinets. It's color runs from very dark brown to black. It is one of the most stable woods once dried. Honduran Rosewood is often used by luthiers in guitar fretboards because of it's strength and beauty. It is the most abundant of the South and Central American rosewoods. Mopane is another African hardwood that is less widely known but is starting to gain favor among the handmade flute market due to it's beautiful blond color and grain. These are three of the twenty hardest woods known to man, which allows me to cut a thin wall for optimum sound, and to turn them with delicate and beautiful ornamentation as well. These woods are not listed as endangered by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species.

Warranty and Return Policy

We offer a one year 100% warranty against cracking. If it cracks in the first year you can ship it to us and we will ship you a brand new mouthpiece. With my 17 years of experience making handmade flutes, many from wood, I have found that the few that do crack almost always do it in the first year. Many cracks can be repaired, so if a crack happens after the first year send it in and we will determine if it is fixable. We hope you love what you order, but in case you don't, you can return it within 30 days of receiving it and we will give you a quick refund, not including shipping.

Shank Sizes & Inner-Rim Diameters

nu mouthpieces have standard American shank sizes. nu trombone and euphonium mouthpieces are available with large or small shanks, and 30mm or 28mm inner-rim diameters. If you would like a custom shank size or inner-rim diameter, feel free to contact us and we'll see what we can do.
Our philosophy:
​     The western low brass world has been experimenting with didgeridoo techniques on their trombones and tubas for decades. These instruments allow for fine vocal multiphonics, but haven't been able to produce a satisfactory range of formant harmonics.

    These type of harmonics are created by shaping the tongue and throat into a series of distinct, discrete forms that emphasize certain frequencies in the overtone series. Since the wide bore of the didgeridoo is what makes loud formant harmonics possible, nu mouthpieces are crafted with the widest possible bore.

    In addition to formants, didgeridoo players also extensively utilize the technique of circular breathing, which the flat rim of a traditional brass mouthpiece doesn't exactly facilitate. The nu mouthpiece is crafted with a contoured rim, similar to the amazing drop octave didgeridoos made by William Thoren,  to help curb the escape of air while circular breathing.

     We believe that a merger of didgeridoo and low brass techniques presents many exciting possibilities, and we are dedicated to helping the world realize that. We hope that you are as excited as us to hear what lies ahead!
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