Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to your Standard & Plus Models?


What happened to your Standard & Plus Models? Short Answer: We've come to the conclusion, from years of observing players on our mouthpieces, that it's actually best for nearly everybody if we aim for a happy medium between our two previous intonation settings. Our new mouthpieces can be most easily described as a "forgiving" Plus Model. Trust us, you'll love it!
More Detailed Answer: If you're familiar with our 1st generation mouthpieces, you'll know that most of them were available in two versions (except for the biggest cups). That gave players the choice of slightly different intonation settings, or ways of aiming at the note targets; mostly noticeable above and below the staff. We did this in an attempt to provide a "perfect" solution for every player regardless of their technique, particularly with respect to physical tension. (We're not the first to offer a solution on that topic, but we did it better than any other maker -- aside from the intonation settings, the mouthpieces played identically.) After 3 years of feedback from clients and potential clients, and our own nonstop play-testing and research, we've come to understand that there really is an intonation 'sweet spot' that provides the optimal playing experience for pretty much everyone. We'd describe this sweet spot as the confiuration which magnetizes you to where the notes of the harmonic series (particularly the octaves) slot perfectly in tune -- while also giving you the freedom to move the pitch by +/- 7 cents both up or down with ease. * When you're playing the 3rd scale degree in a chord, for instance, which is better played a little low... * Or you need to match your colleagues' (slightly suspect) intonation for the greater good within the ensemble... ...this flexibility is extremely important. Our Standard Model mouthpieces had a built-in handicap essentially, to feel familiar for players who are accustomed to dealing with compressed intonation and don't care to change their technique in the slightest. Whereas our Plus Models were configured for players to aim (even "press down") quite low on the pitch in the upper register. And while this does encourage a healthy approach to bodily tension and alignment, the tradeoff is that playing SHARP !! can often happen quite a lot if you're not very careful. For our 2nd generation mouthpieces, we aimed for the perfect middle ground between those two configurations, and designed them to be most easily described as a "forgiving" Plus Model. They're very, very easy to play in tune, and also flexible enough to let you move notes where you need. We've conducted extensive play-testing of this new intonation setting with players of all skill levels, and the results are unmistakably clear: We have a winner. Novices and masters alike experience superior intonation in real-world playing scenarios with these mouthpieces. That's why we felt confident enough to go with just one intonation setting, and also why we're willing to offer such a generous return policy. We feel extremely confident that you'll find these 2nd generation LOTUS mouthpieces help you play more in tune than ever before.




Can I order a custom mouthpiece rim?


At least for now -- No, sorry, we do not offer a custom rim-copying service. We've updated the contour of our rims for the XL & L cups, adding a little extra bite, which was the only request we recieved enough of to warrant a re-design solution. It's possible that we could expand into a scenario where this is more feasible in the future, but at the moment, it's not something we can devote ourselves to, considering the time and cost involved.
We encourage you to try our mouthpieces as they are. And if you still really do feel like you need a different rim shape, feel free to send us a message to let us know. We'll make a note of your feedback, and if enough people ask for the same thing, we'll be much more likely to introduce a solution.




Can I order a custom throat size?


Currently, we do not offer custom throat sizes. We really encourage you to try our mouthpieces as they were designed before making any judgements about whether the throat size will feel good to you. There are multiple parameters that determine how a mouthpiece feels to blow through, and the throat is only one of them. * the shape just before and after the throat, * the length of the throat, * the shape of the backbore in general, * and the gap the mouthpiece makes in your horn -- these all influence the feeling of resistance and airflow. We've done a huge amount of play-testing with players ranging from superheroes to novices, and we've settled on the precise, complex geometry of each mouthpiece -- a delicate balance -- based on identifying what clearly felt and sounded best for players of all levels. Sure, there will always be exceptions, but at this stage in our company's development, and for the sake of maintaining a streamlined production and remarkably affordable prices, we need to focus on the 99% of folks who are absolutely in love with how these designs feel and perform. Don't worry, none of our mouthpieces have excessively large throats and none of them will eat you alive. We feel quite confident that even if the throat measurement is different than what you're accustomed to, if you give them a try, you'll love them!




Which Flugelhorn Shank Sizes do you offer?


Our Flugelhorn Mouthpieces are made with the LARGE SHANK (or "American Shank") This is currently the only shank-type we offer. If you're in need of a different shank, please send us a message. We will be offering more shanks later in 2021. Our plan is to produce "Small" & "French" shanks, but we'll prioritize which one(s) to produce based on the number of requests we receive.




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How best to acclimate to the RAPA 4-VALVE design?


Coordinating the use of your 4th valve is quite easy. To begin with, it's already more comfortable than a 4th piston, and using your left thumb is will feel natural in no time. For exercises, start by playing any scale studies you like. Just make sure to play them down in the pedal register. Isolate simple patterns and repeat them many times to build familiarity. Also, work on bridging the pedal register to the rest of your range. Play long, sweeping scales and arpeggios from the bottom to the top, and top to bottom. It's a really healthy thing to do anyway, and way more fun with all those extra notes! For musical repertoire, there's endless inspiration to be found in pieces written for clarinet, cello, etc. There are so many wonderful concertos, sonatas. And for Jazz players to be able to play every note in the alto sax range?!... Plus you can play a ton of tenor sax language as well. priceless. For Jazz players, it's great to start with alto saxophone solos, which are usually in our range except for the addition of pedal F, E & Eb. The Charlie Parker Omni-Book is a great place to begin. And don't forget to check out tenor sax solos as well. Plenty of that's now within your grasp!




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Preguntas Frecuentes

What happened to your Standard & Plus Models?


What happened to your Standard & Plus Models? Short Answer: We've come to the conclusion, from years of observing players on our mouthpieces, that it's actually best for nearly everybody if we aim for a happy medium between our two previous intonation settings. Our new mouthpieces can be most easily described as a "forgiving" Plus Model. Trust us, you'll love it!
More Detailed Answer: If you're familiar with our 1st generation mouthpieces, you'll know that most of them were available in two versions (except for the biggest cups). That gave players the choice of slightly different intonation settings, or ways of aiming at the note targets; mostly noticeable above and below the staff. We did this in an attempt to provide a "perfect" solution for every player regardless of their technique, particularly with respect to physical tension. (We're not the first to offer a solution on that topic, but we did it better than any other maker -- aside from the intonation settings, the mouthpieces played identically.) After 3 years of feedback from clients and potential clients, and our own nonstop play-testing and research, we've come to understand that there really is an intonation 'sweet spot' that provides the optimal playing experience for pretty much everyone. We'd describe this sweet spot as the confiuration which magnetizes you to where the notes of the harmonic series (particularly the octaves) slot perfectly in tune -- while also giving you the freedom to move the pitch by +/- 7 cents both up or down with ease. * When you're playing the 3rd scale degree in a chord, for instance, which is better played a little low... * Or you need to match your colleagues' (slightly suspect) intonation for the greater good within the ensemble... ...this flexibility is extremely important. Our Standard Model mouthpieces had a built-in handicap essentially, to feel familiar for players who are accustomed to dealing with compressed intonation and don't care to change their technique in the slightest. Whereas our Plus Models were configured for players to aim (even "press down") quite low on the pitch in the upper register. And while this does encourage a healthy approach to bodily tension and alignment, the tradeoff is that playing SHARP !! can often happen quite a lot if you're not very careful. For our 2nd generation mouthpieces, we aimed for the perfect middle ground between those two configurations, and designed them to be most easily described as a "forgiving" Plus Model. They're very, very easy to play in tune, and also flexible enough to let you move notes where you need. We've conducted extensive play-testing of this new intonation setting with players of all skill levels, and the results are unmistakably clear: We have a winner. Novices and masters alike experience superior intonation in real-world playing scenarios with these mouthpieces. That's why we felt confident enough to go with just one intonation setting, and also why we're willing to offer such a generous return policy. We feel extremely confident that you'll find these 2nd generation LOTUS mouthpieces help you play more in tune than ever before.




Can I order a custom mouthpiece rim?


At least for now -- No, sorry, we do not offer a custom rim-copying service. We've updated the contour of our rims for the XL & L cups, adding a little extra bite, which was the only request we recieved enough of to warrant a re-design solution. It's possible that we could expand into a scenario where this is more feasible in the future, but at the moment, it's not something we can devote ourselves to, considering the time and cost involved.
We encourage you to try our mouthpieces as they are. And if you still really do feel like you need a different rim shape, feel free to send us a message to let us know. We'll make a note of your feedback, and if enough people ask for the same thing, we'll be much more likely to introduce a solution.




Can I order a custom throat size?


Currently, we do not offer custom throat sizes. We really encourage you to try our mouthpieces as they were designed before making any judgements about whether the throat size will feel good to you. There are multiple parameters that determine how a mouthpiece feels to blow through, and the throat is only one of them. * the shape just before and after the throat, * the length of the throat, * the shape of the backbore in general, * and the gap the mouthpiece makes in your horn -- these all influence the feeling of resistance and airflow. We've done a huge amount of play-testing with players ranging from superheroes to novices, and we've settled on the precise, complex geometry of each mouthpiece -- a delicate balance -- based on identifying what clearly felt and sounded best for players of all levels. Sure, there will always be exceptions, but at this stage in our company's development, and for the sake of maintaining a streamlined production and remarkably affordable prices, we need to focus on the 99% of folks who are absolutely in love with how these designs feel and perform. Don't worry, none of our mouthpieces have excessively large throats and none of them will eat you alive. We feel quite confident that even if the throat measurement is different than what you're accustomed to, if you give them a try, you'll love them!




Which Flugelhorn Shank Sizes do you offer?


Our Flugelhorn Mouthpieces are made with the LARGE SHANK (or "American Shank") This is currently the only shank-type we offer. If you're in need of a different shank, please send us a message. We will be offering more shanks later in 2021. Our plan is to produce "Small" & "French" shanks, but we'll prioritize which one(s) to produce based on the number of requests we receive.




How to get the MOST out of my LOTUS mouthpiece? (video)


Our mouthpieces are just plug & GO! Instant upgarde. But here's something that might help you play better, period, as well as unlock 100% of the mouthpiece's potential




How best to acclimate to the RAPA 4-VALVE design?


Coordinating the use of your 4th valve is quite easy. To begin with, it's already more comfortable than a 4th piston, and using your left thumb is will feel natural in no time. For exercises, start by playing any scale studies you like. Just make sure to play them down in the pedal register. Isolate simple patterns and repeat them many times to build familiarity. Also, work on bridging the pedal register to the rest of your range. Play long, sweeping scales and arpeggios from the bottom to the top, and top to bottom. It's a really healthy thing to do anyway, and way more fun with all those extra notes! For musical repertoire, there's endless inspiration to be found in pieces written for clarinet, cello, etc. There are so many wonderful concertos, sonatas. And for Jazz players to be able to play every note in the alto sax range?!... Plus you can play a ton of tenor sax language as well. priceless. For Jazz players, it's great to start with alto saxophone solos, which are usually in our range except for the addition of pedal F, E & Eb. The Charlie Parker Omni-Book is a great place to begin. And don't forget to check out tenor sax solos as well. Plenty of that's now within your grasp!




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How to break-in my new valves? (video)






Häufig gestellten Fragen

Was ist mit Ihren Standard- und Plus-Modellen passiert?


Kurze Antwort: Wir sind nach jahrelanger Beobachtungvon Spieler*innen auf unseren Mundstücken zu demSchluss gekommen, dass es für fast alle am besten ist,wenn wir einen Mittelweg zwischen unseren beidenbisherigen Intonationseinstellungen anstreben. Unsereneuen Mundstücke lassen sich am einfachsten als"nachsichtiges" Plus-Modell beschreiben. Vertrauen Sieuns, Sie werden es lieben! Ausführlichere Antwort: Wenn Sie mit unserenMundstücken der 1. Generation vertraut sind, werden Siewissen, dass die meisten von ihnen in zwei Versionenerhältlich waren (mit Ausnahme der größten Becher).Man hatte die Wahl zwischen leicht unterschiedlichenIntonationseinstellungen bzw. Möglichkeiten, die Notenziele „anzusteuern“, meist spürbar oberhalb undunterhalb des Notensystems. Unser Ziel war es, allen unabhängig von deren Technik eine „perfekte" Lösung zu bieten, insbesondere in Bezug auf die körperliche Kraft. (Wir sind nicht die ersten, die eine Lösung zu diesem Thema anbieten, aber wir haben es besser gemacht als jeder andere Hersteller - abgesehen von den Intonationseinstellungen spielten die Mundstücke identisch). Nach drei Jahren Feedback von tatsächlichen und potentiellen Kund*innen und unseren eigenen ununterbrochenen Spieltests und Forschungen sind wir zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass es wirklich einen „Sweet Spot" für die Intonation gibt, der für fast alle das optimale Spielerlebnis bietet. Wir würden diesen "Sweet Spot" als die Positionbeschreiben, bei der die Töne der harmonischen Reihe(insbesondere die Oktaven) perfekt ineinandergreifen,aber auch die Freiheit lässt, die Tonhöhe mit Leichtigkeitum +/- 7 Cent nach oben oder unten zu korrigieren. * Wenn Sie z.B. die 3. Skalenstufe in einem Akkordspielen, die man besser etwas tiefer spielt...* Oder wenn Sie die (leicht suspekte) Intonation Ihrer Kolleg*innen zum Wohle des Ensembles anpassenmüssen......diese Flexibilität ist extrem wichtig. Unsere Standard-Modelle hatten ein integriertesHandicap, um sich für Trompeter*innen vertrautanzufühlen, die es gewohnt sind, mit komprimierterIntonation umzugehen und die ihre partout Technik nichtändern wollen. Wohingegen unsere Plus-Modelle so konfiguriert wurden,dass die Spieler*innen im oberen Register ziemlich tiefauf den Ton zielen (diesen sogar "herunterdrücken"). Diesfördert zwar einen gesunden Umgang mit derKörperspannung und -haltung, aber mit demKompromiss, dass man oft zu sharp ist, wenn man nichtvorsichtig ist. Für unsere Mundstücke der 2. Generation haben wir den perfekten Mittelweg zwischen diesen beiden Konfigurationen gesucht und sie so entwickelt, dass sie am ehesten als " fehlertolerantes" Plus-Modell beschrieben werden können. Sie sind sehr, sehr einfach in Stimmung zu spielen und gleichzeitig flexibel genug, um die Noten dorthin zu bewegen, wo sie gebraucht werden. Wir haben diese neue Intonationseinstellung ausgiebig mit Leuten aller Leistungsstufen getestet, und die Ergebnisse sind eindeutig: Wir haben einen Gewinner. Sowohl Anfänger*innen als auch Profis erreichen mit diesen Mundstücken eine überragende Intonation in realen Spielsituationen. Das ist der Grund, warum wir uns
sicher waren, mit nur einer Intonationseinstellung auszukommen, und warum wir auch bereit sind, ein so großzügiges Rückgaberecht anzubieten. Wir sind zuversichtlich, dass Sie mit diesen LOTUS-Mundstücken der 2. Generation besser als je zuvor in Stimmung
spielen können.




Kann ich einen individuellen Mundstückrand bestellen?


Zumindest im Moment - Nein, tut uns leid, wir bieten keinen Rand-Kopierservice an. Wir haben die Kontur unserer Ränder für die XL- und L Cups aktualisiert und ein wenig mehr Biss hinzugefügt, was die einzige Anfrage war, die wir in ausreichendem Maße erhalten haben, um ein Re-Design zu rechtfertigen. Es ist gut möglich, dass wir in Zukunft in ein Konzept investieren, mit dem dies machbar ist. Im Moment aber können wir uns aus Zeit- und Kostengründen dieser Aufgabe nicht widmen. Wir empfehlen Ihnen, unsere Mundstücke so auszuprobieren, wie sie sind. Sollten Sie das Gefühl haben, eine andere Randform zu benötigen, teilen Sie uns das bitte gerne mit. Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Feedback und werden versuchen ja nach Nachfrage Ihre Wünsche umzusetzen.




Kann ich eine spezifische Bohrungsgröße bestellen?


Derzeit bieten wir keine kundenspezifischen Bohrungsgrößen an. Wir empfehlen Ihnen unbedingt unsere Mundstücke so auszuprobieren wie sie entwickelt wurden, bevor Sie sich ein Urteil darüber bilden, ob sich die Bohrung für Sie gut anfühlt. Es gibt mehrere Parameter, die bestimmen, wie sich ein Mundstück beim Durchblasen anfühlt, und die Bohrung ist nur einer davon. * die Form kurz vor und nach der Bohrung, * die Länge der Bohrung * die Form der Backbore im Allgemeinen, * und der Gap (Lücke) zwischen Mundstück undMundrohr - all dies beeinflusst das Gefühl von Widerstand und Luftstrom. Wir haben eine große Anzahl von Spieltests mit Trompeter*innen durchgeführt, von Superheroes bis hin zu Anfänger*innen, und haben uns auf die präzise, komplexe Geometrie der einzelnen Mundstücke geeinigt - ein heikles Unterfangen - basierend auf der Erkenntnis, was sich für Leute aller Spielstärken eindeutig am besten anfühlt und anhört. Sicherlich wird es immer wieder Ausnahmen geben, aber in diesem Stadium der Entwicklung unseres Unternehmens und um eine schlanke Produktionspalette und günstige Preise aufrechtzuerhalten, müssen wir uns auf die 99 % der Kund*innen konzentrieren, die vollkommen von unseren Designs begeistert sind Keine Sorge, keines unserer Mundstücke hat eine übermäßig große Bohrung und keines wird Sie bei lebendigem Leib auffressen. Wir sind zuversichtlich, dass Sie unsere Mundstücke lieben werden, auch wenn die Bohrungsgrößen anders sind, als das was Sie gewohnt sind. Geben Sie ihnen eine Chance!




Welche Flügelhorn-Schaftgröße bieten Sie an?


Unsere Flügelhorn-Mundstücke werden mit einem Large Schaft (oder „amerikanischem Schaft") gefertigt.
Dies ist der einzige Schafttyp, den wir derzeit anbieten. Benötigen Sie einen anderen, so setzten Sie sich gern mit uns in Verbindung. Wir planen im Laufe des Jahres 2021 weitere Schäfte anzubieten („small“ und „französischer“ Schaft). Anhand eintreffender Anfragen
werden wir priorisieren welchem wir den Vorrang geben.




Wie hole ich das Beste aus meinem Lotus-Mundstück heraus?


Unsere Mundstücke sind einfach plug & play! Sofortige Leistungssteigerung. Aber hier ist etwas, das Ihnen helfen könnte, besser zu spielen und das Potenzial des Mundstücks zu 100% auszuschöpfen




Wie gewöhnt man sich am besten an das Rapa 4-Ventil-Design?


Die Eingewöhnung an das 4. Ventil ist ganz einfach. Zu Beginn ist es bereits komfortabler als eine vierventilige Maschine, und die Verwendung des linken Daumens wird sich in kürzester Zeit selbstverständlich anfühlen Beginnen Sie anfangs mit dem Spielen beliebiger Skalenstudien, die Sie gerne üben. Achten Sie nur darauf, dass Sie sie im Pedalregister spielen. Isolieren Sie einfache Patterns und wiederholen Sie sie mehrmals, um sich damit vertraut zu machen. Arbeiten Sie auch daran, das Pedalregister mit dem Rest Ihres Tonumfangs zu verbinden. Spielen Sie lange, fließende Skalen und Arpeggios von unten nach oben und von oben nach unten. Das ist ohnehin eine sinnvolle Übung und macht mit dem erweiterten Tonumfang noch viel mehr Spaß! Was das musikalische Repertoire angeht, so gibt es eine unbegrenzte Inspiration in Werken, die ursprünglich für Klarinette, Cello, usw. geschrieben wurden. Es gibt so viele wunderbare Konzerte und Sonaten. Jazzer*innen können alle Töne des Altsaxofon-Bereichs spielen, außerdem kann man darüber hinaus in der Tenorsaxofon Lage spielen. Unbezahlbar Jazz-Spieler*innen beginnen sinnvoller Weise mit Altsaxophon-Soli, die normalerweise in unserem Bereich liegen, außer dem Zusatz der Pedaltöne F, E und Eb. Das Charlie Parker Omni-Book wäre hier ein großartiger Anfang. Und vergessen Sie nicht, sich auch Tenorsaxofon-Soli auszuprobieren. Viele davon sind jetzt in greifbarer Nähe!