Balu Mouthpiece Cups and Rims

In 2015, after 15 years in the horn business, we introduced our revolutionary mouthpieces. We waited until we had accumulated enough knowledge to confidently create designs that work. This was  a very tricky endeavor as there are many variables and options. We focused on three goals:

  • Options that focus on quality over quantity.
  • Finding an experienced artist who can turn our vision into reality.
  • Gaining access to high precision machines to make high quality products.

Our search led us to Tim Van Gijsegem of Maesltrom Mouthpieces, a high-end manufacturer in Belgium. He not only plays the horn, but he is an experienced manufacturer of mouthpieces. He has access to an array of exceptionally precise machines which he uses to also manufacture medical and military devices.

Once I understood the quality work he does, we got together and designed 3 cup models, with two different alloys and finishes. By simplifying the choices and focusing on quality designs, we were able to make mouthpieces accessible to many amateur and professional horn players. We world premiered our complete line of mouthpieces at IHS48 in Ithaca, NY with extraordinary success, with perhaps the most mouthpieces sold at one convention by one maker, ever!

Click here to check out our selection of cups!

Click here to check out our selection of rims!

General Information

Cups

  • Mars and Le Meow have a #14 size bore and medium backbore.
    • Smaller bowl shaped cup.
    • For players looking for a brighter, more complex sound quality.
  • Venus and Le Mezzo Meow feature a slightly bigger #12 bore and a medium-large backbore.
    • Medium funnel shape.
    • Warm sounding, yet with plenty of core.
    • For players with great all-around sound.
  • Jupiter and Le Meow Meow have a large #8 bore and a medium-large backbore.
    • Deep bowl/funnel hybrid.
    • For players who want to envelop the audience with a warm sound, but also dazzle them with a powerful roar when called for.
  • Mars, Venus and Jupiter are made from brass.
    • They offer a warm and lush sound with great harmonics and projection throughout all ranges.
  • Le Meow, Le Mezzo Meow and Le Meow Meow are made out of surgical grade stainless steel.
    • They have a very quick response with a focused and clear sound.

Rims

  • Made with standard .660″ junction.
    • Compatible with most mouthpieces available on the market.
  • Available with Giardinelli threads.
    • Most common currently on the market.
  • Made out of stainless steel covered in gold titanium nitride.
    • Strong, long lasting, and fully bio-compatible (no allergies!).
  • 2 finishes available: Polished and Satin.
  • 2 rim sizes available: 1 (17.35 mm inner diameter) and 2 (17.6 inner diameter).

FAQ

 

Q: How did you even come up with the names?
A: I personally don’t like letters or numbers for sizes. I believe that having names is easier to remember and make sense. So, for our 3 different sizes: Medium, Medium-Large and Large we choose MarsVenus and Jupiter and Le MeowLe Mezzo Meow and Le Meow Meow.

Q: Why Le Meow?
A: It’s no secrets that we love kittens at our shop and when I pondered what names should the “Like A Boss” model have I posted a naming contest on Facebook. There were lots and lots of good names but one stuck out: Le MeowLe Mezzo Meow and Le Meow Meow.

List of Available Machines at the Shop Where Our Mouthpieces are Made.

Milling

  • Deckel-Maho DMU 100 – T
  • Deckel-Maho DMU EVO 50
  • DMC 1035 eco
  • DMF 260
  • Mazak VTC 300-C
  • Hermle C30
  • Matec P30
  • EROWA linear robot
  • Hermle C32

turning

  • GILDEMEISTER CTX 620 linear V1
  • Mazak SQT 300MY
  • Mazak QTN 250MSY
  • Mazak QTN 100
  • Mazak QT6T
  • Harrison Alpha 400 T
  • Harrison Alpha 1550XM
  • QTN 350-II MY

Wire Erosion

  • Sodick AQ750L premium
  • Agie Charmilles DRILL 11

grinding

  • Blohm 642
  • Jung 50

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please give us a call at 1.855.426.8745 or e-mail us at sales@balumusik.com.