During his 50 year quest to find the perfect trumpet mouthpiece, Jerome Callet personally milled and tested several thousand designs. In his own words, most were failures. However, many were very good. And a select few were outstanding. The outstanding models were marketed over several decades and most are described below. These mouthpieces are no longer offered by Callet Trumpets. But, Jerry has combined his 50 years of experience with all of his latest advancements in his current lineup of Superchops mouthpieces (see previous page).
Vintage Callet mouthpieces with Jerome Callet cups and rims ~
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Equivalency chart ~
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In the early 1980's Jerome introduced the first heavy weight mouthpiece. Considered ugly by the fashion conscious trumpet world of the time, it was reluctantly discontinued. However, with the advent of donut intensifiers in the early '90s, the look of heavy weight mouthpieces came into its own. Unfortunately, the weight of the intensifiers was in the wrong place. It needed to be in the rim. Plus, a heavy weight shank was needed to combat resonance shift. In the '90s, Jerry reintroduced the Magnums in an even heavier version than the original. Weighing about 1 1/2 times as much as a regular mouthpiece, Magnum mouthpieces were offered in most of Jerry's most popular sizes. Magnums help center the tone when high volumes of air are used. This can decrease the harshness of overblowing. However, Jerry's recommendation is to increase air compression inside the mouth so much less air volume is required. This results in a more relaxed, more pleasing tone with better center and bigger core, hence bigger sound than a magnum offers.
Developed for the player who lives in the upper range. The big problem was to develop a screamer mouthpiece that not only aided the upper register but still retained a full tone and solid intonation in all registers. Tested for several years, Jerry was very pleased with the final result. Made in .600 only.
A duplicate of the mouthpiece used by Buddy Childers. Made in 4 diameters: No marking = comparable in diameter to Bach 17, #10 (comparable diameter to Bach 10 1/2), #7 (like Bach 7C in diameter), and #3 (like Bach 3C in diameter). The most popular version, the #10, had a relatively sharp rim with a medium deep cup. Most Buddy mouthpieces were made in 1996-1997.
Vintage Callet mouthpieces with Vladimir Fridman cups and rims ~
Vladimir was Giardinelli's top mouthpiece maker for many years. He later moved to Jerome Callet's shop. Together, they offered the following designs. Though there are likely some exceptions, the cups and rims were generally Vladimir's designs while the backbores were designed by Jerry. The rims typically have a bit more bite and less cushion than Jerry's personally designed rims.
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A popular variation on the 10S encouraged by Dave Trigg. The DT-10 is a 10-S (see above chart) but with an extra shallow cup.
Tenor Trombone mouthpieces ~
Designed with Jerry's extra comfortable rim and superb backbore to improve comfort, power, security, and intonation over existing trombone mouthpiece designs. Width is comparable to a Bach Mt. Vernon 12. A superior choice for all musical styles.
Designed with Jerry's extra comfortable rim and superb backbore to improve comfort, power, security, and intonation over existing trombone mouthpiece designs. Width is comparable to a Bach Mt. Vernon 15. A superior choice for lead players as well as jazz, R&B, latin, rock, etc. Especially well suited for trumpet players that double on slide trombone, valve trombone, or bass trumpet.