Denis Wick Euphonium SM4 'Medium' Ultra (Gold)

£130.00 - £106.00
Reference:  MPDWSM4MU-1
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The full Euphonium ULTRA range is available in the ‘M' (or ‘European', as it is sometimes referred to) shank, suitable for players with the medium shank mouthpiece receiver on their instrument, in particular the famous Willson 2900, as well as most brands of the German bariton. These M shank mouthpieces have exactly the same outstanding performance as the existing Ultra models.

Players currently using the Schilke and BB range of mouthpieces will simply have to try these new Ultra models. They possess the same specifications and playing features of the original 3 and 4. You won't believe how good your instruments will sound with these new highly responsive mouthpieces.It has so many impacts on the way we play, in terms of clarity of production, sound quality, range of notes that we can play comfortably, the colour of our tone, the impact on stamina, the feeling of comfort, the amount of air it takes. For an instrument like the euphonium which possesses perhaps the most beautiful sound a brass instrument is able to make (maybe I'm a little biased too!) it certainly has to sound good. The demands of modern writing mean that it should be easy to play both very high and very low. We need to play a greater range of pitch and with more extremes of dynamics these days, sometimes with a straighter tone and sometimes with a more singing tone. Never before have we needed more diversity.

Here a little mouthpiece history:

In 1995 I worked with Denis Wick on the SM range of euphonium and baritone mouthpieces. Until that point many of us euphonium players played on mouthpieces designed for the trombone. This range has proved to be very popular both in the brass band and the symphonic wind band worlds. Many solo players also depend on this mouthpiece and I played it with pride, making many of my most acclaimed recordings with it.

As a performing professional musician, I cannot ever be truly satisfied with my performance; there would be nothing to aspire to. Practice would only be daily maintenance. I could never think like that, which is why my instincts have led me to further mouthpiece research. There are many mouthpieces available these days which are very 'positive' in their initial feeling, but because of an 'over-heavy' design have made sacrifices on the tone that we want. Is this progress? Well, of a sort, but once you play with the sound you're not happy with you may try to deceive yourself but you cannot deceive your audience. A truly great mouthpiece must tick all the boxes.

I have tested other brands over the last 12 months and liked many features of them, especially in the areas of projection, clarity and ease of articulation. It was in my mind that the really perfect euphonium mouthpiece would be one that combines the optimum tonal requirements with a more effortless production and projection and does this with as wide a range of colours as possible. From an initial concept drawing we started to get closer to the desired goal. Each prototype was subjected to rigorous testing in different acoustics, using 'blind' judges listening to the new mouthpiece in relation to others. Each time following the tests we were able to make it a little better, then again a little better.

Finally, we arrived and I'm delighted present new Denis Wick SM Ultra range for euphonium and baritone. These are the main features:

Highly responsive with a clear projection and centre of tone right across the range
High comfort rim edges
Warm tone that accentuate the true tonal characteristics of the euphonium and baritone
Enhanced clarity of production and articulation
Resonant singing higher register
Bigger toned low notes
Increased flexibility throughout the range
Tests prove the new SM Ultra improves tuning
Enhanced dynamic range and especially easy to play soft with a quality tone
New range of colours in the tone
A sound that always has resonance

review of the 4MU:

"I recently switched to the SM4M Ultra mouth piece. It was only a matter of
seconds that I realized I made the right choice. My sound opened up in a matter
of seconds and my generally timid high register became full and rich with
colour. In a short time with the SM4M Ultra, I have discovered a beautiful
sound. Beware, if you try this mouth piece, you may not want to put your horn
down!"

Aaron Rivkin, Grad performance student, USA

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