Introducing Monette Unity Mouthpieces!

UNITY:

The state of being complete with all parts connected; having everything that is needed. The quality of being one in spirit, sentiment, and purpose.

Monette Unity Mouthpiece

We are thrilled to announce the next generation of Monette mouthpieces!

 Charlie Porter playing a Unity lead mouthpiece in the Monette shop, fall 2021. 

 Wynton Marsalis in July 2021 playing his new Unity B2 mouthpiece with his new prototype lightweight RAJA trumpet. Unity mouthpieces have been a key element in developing our most advanced custom instruments. 

Unity mouthpieces are an improvement

over any previous Monette mouthpieces:

  • More brilliance, cleaner articulation, and more projection than ever before.

  • The upper register is freer, more even, more slotted, and more balanced to the other registers.

  • New cup designs, backbores, and mouthpiece weights, all of which are optimized for use with non-Monette, production trumpets. (*Unity mouthpieces are also available for Monette trumpets. Just contact our shop for more information.)

  • From the very first notes, these are even easier to play than any mouthpieces we have ever made - even if you have never played a Monette mouthpiece before.

  • New designs for lead trumpet play easier in the extreme upper register, while providing a fatter sound and a more locked-in response in the middle and low register, compared to other lead mouthpieces. Including previous Monette models.

  • Unity mouthpieces have even more of the sonic and acoustic advantages of our existing Prana mouthpieces, while being more forgiving to play for those with unresolved tension or body-use issues.

  • Field-tested and used daily by Wynton Marsalis, Ron Miles, Manny Laureano, Ingrid Jensen, Charlie Porter, Theo Croker, Patrick Hession, and Itamar Borochov.

  • Unity mouthpieces are available in our 15 most popular sizes, including sizes for lead trumpet playing and several all-new sizes! These sizes cover the musical needs of the vast majority of our clients. See available sizes in the charts below!

Minnesota Orchestra Principal Trumpet Manny Laureano told us, "I thought you had already created the ultimate in mouthpieces, but now you've gone and done it again! This [Unity] mouthpiece gives me renewed energy to go into work and enjoy making music."

Here is Manny performing John Williams' Summon The Heroes in one of the first performances with his new Unity mouthpiece, summer 2021.  

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 Ingrid Jensen plays a few notes on her previous Monette mouthpiece, then switches to her new Unity B2. 

More info and videos below the size charts.

Unity Standard Sizes

Unity Size

Unity B1-7

Description

*NEW RIM!

This all-new rim design was inspired by the original Monette rim contour first used by Wynton Marsalis and Charles Schlueter in the 1980s. The Unity B1-7 was developed for our own Jason Gunderson, who wanted a new B1-sized mouthpiece that would feel secure on the lips and provide extra-clean articulation, but without feeling harsh. The rim shape is not as round as the B1-1 or B1-3, and not as flat as the B1-2 and B1-4. We have all found that this new rim keeps the chops together without feeling constrained or inflexible. The new Unity B1-7 is the best 1C-equivalent mouthpiece we have ever played!

Unity B2

The Unity B2 was designed and refined over the last year for our dear friend Wynton Marsalis. The B2 has been one of our most popular sizes for three decades, ideal for all-around playing, small-group Jazz, and orchestral playing. This size is great for players who prefer something comparable to the 1-1/4C, and also for 1-1/2C players who would like a bigger sound without having to work any harder. With its all-new cup design, the Unity B2 takes our previous B2, B2S3 and B2S5 to a whole new level.

*You can hear Wynton Marsalis using his Unity B2 in the video at the top of this page, and the other videos of him below.

Unity B2-7

*NEW RIM!

After developing the new B1-7, with its unique combination of excellent security, comfort, and flexibility, we were inspired to adapt this new rim contour to the extremely popular B2 size. We're excited to now have an additional B2 option for players who prefer a rim that feels more secure on the lips, without feeling harsh or inflexible. The B2-7 plays with all the same enhanced sound and response characteristics of the Unity B2 described above.

Ingrid Jensen and Charlie Porter both used our standard B2 rim for many years, and after only a few seconds playing the new B2-7, they both decided to switch to this new rim.

Unity B3

The Unity B3 is great for jazz playing, classical playing, and all-around use. This size is an excellent choice for players who prefer something just slightly larger than the Monette B6 or conventional 3C. With its new cup, backbore, and body, this new design is like a Prana B3 S3 on steroids.

(The B3 size has always been a slight anomaly in our sizing system, because it feels just slightly smaller than the B4 sizes.)

Unity B4S

For so many players, the B4S rim is the 'Goldilocks' size -- not too big and not too small. The B4S has been our most popular 1-1/2C equivalent size for all-around, jazz, and classical playing for many years. With its familiar and comfortable rim contour (originally modeled after the contour of Lew Soloff's favorite vintage mouthpiece) and its all new cup design, the Unity B4S is an enhanced version of our mainstay Prana B4S S2.

*You can hear Theo Croker playing his Unity B4S in a video further down the page!

Unity B6

Along with the B2 and B4S, the B6 has long been our other most popular all-around mouthpiece size. This is the go-to size for all different kinds of players who are accustomed to  common sizes such as the 3C, 5C, 7C, 11B4, and even the 10-1/2C. The B6 size is popular with professionals, amateurs, students, commercial players, classical players, and every kind of player in between. This new Unity B6 is an immediate improvement over our Prana B6S1 and sure to be one of the most popular sizes in this new generation of Monette mouthpieces.

Unity B6M

*NEW SIZE!

This all-new size is a medium-deep version of the Unity B6, designed for players who want more depth and richness in their sound without moving to a larger rim size. And like all Unity mouthpieces, it plays with an effortless upper register and great efficiency, even with a slightly deeper cup. If you prefer this rim size but the B6 is too shallow or bright-sounding to suit your needs, the Unity B6M is a great choice.

Size Comparison

Monette B1 series,

conventional 1C

Monette B2 S3 & B2 S5,

conventional 1-1/4C

Monette B2 S3 & B2 S5,

conventional 1-1/4C

Monette B3 S3,

conventional 2C

Monette B4S S2,

conventional 1-1/2C

Monette B6 S1,

conventional 3C/5C/7C, 11B4

conventional 3B, 3, 5B, 7, 7B

Unity Lead Sizes

Unity Size

Description

Unity B1-1L

This new lead mouthpiece was developed for players who use our large and rounded B1-1 rim. The diameter has been slightly narrowed from the standard B1-1 rim to make it more practical for lead playing, while maintaining the same B1-1 feel on the lips. With its large size and incredibly efficient new cup, this new lead mouthpiece provides an enormous sound. The extreme upper register is remarkably easy, while the middle and low registers play with a bigger sound than you would expect from a lead mouthpiece.

*Scroll to the top of this page to hear Charlie Porter playing this mouthpiece!

Unity B4L

For many years the B4L size has been the go-to lead mouthpiece for players who use our B2 and B4 sizes as their main mouthpiece and are comfortable using a shallow cup depth. This new version of the B4L size has an even easier upper register, lightning fast response, and a huge resonant sound. The Unity B4L has been a favorite among many of our play testers!

Unity B4LD

Another very popular size, this 'LD' cup is a 'deepened lead' mouthpiece. It is an extremely popular choice for commercial playing, broadway shows, and other applications where lead playing is mixed with more classical playing styles. The B4LD size and depth offers great versatility. Most players who use larger Monette mouthpieces as their main size find it seamless to switch to the B4LD for lead or commercial playing.

Unity B6L

The Unity B6L has a shallow cup for lead playing, with the exact same rim as other B6 mouthpieces. This makes it an ideal lead mouthpiece for many B6 players. As with all Unity mouthpieces, playing into the upper register with this new B6L is easier than ever before, and the middle and low registers are fatter and more secure than one would expect from a shallow-cupped lead mouthpiece.

Unity B6LD

The Unity B6LD has the same B6 rim that so many players love, with an all-new 'deeper lead' cup design. This size and depth can serve many different purposes: it's an excellent lead mouthpiece for players who don't like shallow cups, and a great 'every day' mouthpiece for players who prefer a brighter sound that is still full and rich in the middle and low registers.

Unity MF III

The MF III has been our most popular smaller-diameter lead mouthpiece since it was first designed for Maynard Ferguson back in 2003. The new Unity MF III has the same rim and cup depth, but with an all-new cup design that cranks the sound and playability up to 11! High notes up to and above double C are even easier than before, with more even resistance and more secure slotting.

Unity MF VI

​*NEW RIM!

While the MF III has been at the forefront of our lead mouthpiece options for many years, we decided to create an all-new mouthpiece the same size, but with several significant upgrades. The new Unity MF VI has some extra cushion on the rim and more room at the top of the cup, making it feel more forgiving and more efficient, with an even bigger and more stable sound. If you are one of the many players who has used the MF III in the past, you will find the MF VI to feel more comfortable when the chops are swollen towards the end of a long, demanding lead trumpet gig.

Unity BL4

This size was originally designed for Patrick Hession many years ago. It has been used by lead players around the world who love its combination of comfort, big sound, and ease in the extreme upper register. The new Unity BL4 provides even better projection, more secure slotting, and more consistent resistance up to and above double C.

*Hear Patrick playing his new Unity BL4 in the video just below!

Size Comparison

Monette B1-1L S1,

conventional 1E, 1-1/4E

Monette B4L S1,

conventional 1-1/2E

Monette B4LD S1 (aka B4LDS),

conventional 1-1/2 or 2 rim,

Bach 'D' cup depth,

Schilke 'B' cup depth

Monette B6L S1

conventional 3E,

conventional 15A

Monette B6LD S1,

conventional 3E,

conventional 15B

Monette MF III,

Monette MF II,

conventional 13A4a

Monette MF III,

Monette MF II,

conventional 13A4a

Monette BL4,

Monette BL4 S6,

conventional 11A

 Wynton Marsalis in rehearsal in July 2021, ten minutes after receiving his new Monette trumpet and new Unity mouthpiece. 

 Patrick Hession plays his new Unity BL4. When comparing his Unity mouthpiece to his earlier Monette Prana mouthpieces, he described the Unity as being even easier to play, providing bigger and more secure slots, sounding more crisp and clear, and having "much more sound with less work." 

More Information About Unity Mouthpieces

RESOLUTION OF POLARITY INTO UNITY

Throughout the history of brass instrument performance, musicians have had to chose between the lesser of two evils in so many ways. Musical compromises have defined our equipment choices. Countless players who have wanted extra help in the upper register have been forced into choosing a mouthpiece with a sound that is brighter than they prefer and that makes their low register harder to play. When players choose a large cupped mouthpiece to improve their sound and low register, they sacrifice the ease and efficiency in the upper register that every trumpet player wants. With constant pitch center Unity mouthpieces, these contradictions and polarities are resolved.

Most mouthpieces favor either the high register, the low register, or provide both with intonation and response compromises. Unity mouthpieces are unlike any other mouthpieces in that the upper register has the same resistance as the middle and low registers. The response and articulation is immediate and consistent in all registers and at all dynamics as well. These improvements were obvious from the very first notes we played on the first prototypes we made.

SOFT TO LOUD

Many mouthpiece configurations favor extreme loud playing at the expense of soft response and control. With Unity mouthpieces, the extremes of very soft to very loud are seamless - unified. 

In the video to the right, you can hear BJ Cord demonstrate the effortlessness of instantaneous changes from very soft to very loud. Also, notice the consistency of pitch and timbre.

 BJ demonstrates ease and consistency with fast dynamic changes. 

As demonstrated in these videos of Wynton and Theo, the extreme softs are both effortless and seamless down to whisper tones. Notice Wynton retaining complete control while playing the extended musical line down to the softest dynamics - on one breath, and while paying one-handed.

 Short clip of Wynton Marsalis giving a clinic in Europe, July 2021, playing his Unity B2

and new lightweight RAJA. 

 Theo Croker in the Monette shop, fall 2021, playing his new Monette trumpet with his new Unity B4S mouthpiece. 

SLOTTING, RESPONSE, AND SOUND

One important goal in designing these mouthpieces was to have the center of every note so secure and easy to find that it feels like there is one place to put every note and the notes slot there automatically. These mouthpieces provide this security even when the player may be less than ideally centered themselves. At the same time, there is more room to shape and color one’s sound - and more room to bend the notes around for musical effect - even though the notes feel more solid and slotted than ever.

 

The speed and immediacy of response is better than we’ve ever experienced. You play and the sound is instantly fully formed, and the articulation is immediate - with no distortion or delay. Even the ends of the notes are more controlled and cleaner. You don’t have to kick start or force things… the more you back off, the faster and more accurate the response.

When we introduced Monette Resonance mouthpieces, players all over the world commented that the brilliance was more integrated into the body of their sound. Unity mouthpieces take this to the next level. What used to be separate parts of the sound blend into one homogenous voice that at the same time can be more easily changed in timbre, shape and color than with previous mouthpieces.

 Charlie Porter plays the first notes on his new

Unity B2-7 and shares his thoughts. 

Itamar Borochov playing his early prototype Unity mouthpiece on his 4-valve quarter-tone P3Q.

 

 Charlie Porter playing a Unity mouthpiece on a non-Monette, standard-weight production trumpet. 

OPTIMIZED MOUTHPIECE WEIGHT

With our new Unity cup designs, we are able to make the mouthpieces lighter in weight to be more forgiving to play on mass produced instruments without sacrificing stability, depth of sound or projection. This makes them ideal for use with non-Monette instruments.

Unity mouthpieces are also being made for Monette trumpets, as heard in many of the videos on this page.

UNEXPECTED RESULT

As we play-tested the prototypes in different rim sizes, rim contours and cup depths, we found that Unity mouthpieces allowed us to change mouthpiece sizes more effortlessly than ever before. We all play-tested sizes both bigger and smaller than we would normally use in our own playing, and found switching between them to be easier and much more comfortable than we believed possible. At the end of a particularly long day of play-testing, Jason, our operations manager, said, “I’ve been playing high C’s on all these different mouthpiece sizes all day long… and even being out of shape, my lip doesn’t hurt!”

CONCLUSION

Unity mouthpieces offer dramatic improvements in every aspect of music performance: sound, response, stability, and overall ease in playing. These revolutionary new mouthpieces are now available for order in our on-line store or through Monette mouthpiece dealers in all Unity sizes listed above. We provide free mouthpiece consultations by email and phone, so just send an email to bj@monette.net or call the shop with your questions.  Because our mouthpiece inventory changes constantly as we fill and receive orders, availability is always changing. Please call or email for more information on the size or sizes that interest you. We’re excited for our clients to start enjoying the most advanced Monette mouthpieces ever!

Coming soon: More info about the development of Unity mouthpieces.

UNITY MOUTHPIECES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
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