With threaded, interchangeable integral mouthpieces!
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By Dave Monette
This year (2010) is the year of the Next Generation Monette RAJA. These all-new designs incorporate all the latest developments in our PRANA STC horns and more. For example, the big news is that the INTEGRAL MOUTHPIECE IS THREADED, so mouthpiece changes, for the first time, are possible and relatively easy! We have already made five of these new RAJA instruments to date, and the response from the players has been universally positive… not to mention the music we have heard on them has been amazing!
WHY IS A BUILT-IN MOUTHPIECE BETTER?
The advantage of only having “one thing between the player and the audience,” with zero loss between the mouthpiece and the instrument - has always been a clear winner. RAJA instruments simply project more, have more stability of response, and just feel more natural and effortless to play. Now even more of the advantages of our latest PRANA STC instruments can be realized as we redesign them with threaded, interchangeable, integral mouthpieces!
WHAT MOUTHPIECE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
Most of the players who order RAJA instruments stick to one mouthpiece. However, with these latest innovations, it is possible to change rim and cup, and backbore shapes too. This may be helpful when playing in different musical situations or acoustic environments. The players who are playing these new instruments are all longtime Monette clients who are very familiar with our work. They trust our judgment as we build their instruments, and take our recommendations on mouthpiece selection as we playtest and make final adjustments to their horns.
IF MOST PLAYERS DON’T CHANGE MOUTHPIECE SIZES, WHY MAKE THE NEW RAJA AN INTERCHANGEABLE DESIGN?
Making the mouthpieces interchangeable offers three main advantages:
WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT, BESIDES THE THREADED INTEGRAL MOUTHPIECE?
Having an instrument with an integral mouthpiece improves everything about how the horn sounds and feels. Given the increased stability and security of playing a horn with a built-in mouthpiece, we redesigned and optimized the proportions and configuration of the new RAJA to compliment the integral mouthpiece design.
For more information, please contact Jason or Gretchen in our office: Jason@monette.net
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