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Mellophone mouthpieces?

I've played trumpet for 8 years and I'm switching to mello for drum corps. I currently play with a Yamaha 5C mouthpiece on my trumpet and I'm looking for suggestions for a mello mouthpiece. I want a mellophone sound, I don't want a harsh trumpet sound.
Also, is there a certain shank size I should get or are the standard sizes fine? Thanks!

You have a few different options.

A regular trumpet mouthpiece is definitely not a good option – it's too harsh.

There are also stock model mellophone mouthpieces, which are similar to flugelhorn mouthpieces. They have a trumpet rim and a cup similar to a flugelhorn mouthpiece. It has some color of the flugelhorn in it. Personally I haven't tried these.

Custom variations - The Curry 1HTF seems to be the most popular and has good reviews, with a nice flugel-like sound. Personally I haven't tried these.

The IYM Larry Kerchner M-1 mouthpiece has some good reviews. I would look into this - I have more info in the source section. The Cavaliers use these in their mello section.

Horn mouthpiece with adapter - I wouldn't use this. The main reason to use it is if you were a horn player and you didn't want to ruin your horn embochure too much. However, it can work fairly well, and you could give it a try.

Traditional mellophone mouthpieces: I use the Blessing 5 and it works well; however, the high range can be tough because it's a deep mouthpiece. You might not want to use this in a drum corps setting, but you can certainly give it a chance.

Alto/tenor horn mouthpiece - The Bach 12 has good reviews on mello. I haven't tried this, but it's certainly an option. I have an alto horn with 2 mouthpieces, so I will try both and get back to you on this one.

My favorite option that I have tried is the Blessing 5. Unfortunately I haven't been able to try many others, but if you get the chance, be sure to try them and you'll find the option that works best for you.

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