Leadpipes

Choice of a leadpipe is an important factor in determining the sound, and particularly the response, of an instrument. Leadpipes are available for Michael Rath Custom trombones in three materials, brass, nickel silver and silver, and three sizes.

The standard leadpipe for each trombone model is in brass, whilst nickel silver gives a more brilliant sound and silver a darker, denser sound quality.

Extensive research has shown that, for most players, the standard taper leadpipe in brass is the best solution.

However in addition to our standard leadpipe, we also have leadpipe options based on the standard taper that are more focused , "A", or more open ,"B".

It is important to bear in mind that a leadpipe should also be a suitable match not only for your trombone but also for your mouthpiece.

For a large cup mouthpiece you may find that a leadpipe with a more open taper and feel is preferable. A shallow cup may be better with a tighter more focused leadpipe. And if you are changing your mouthpiece, a change of leadpipe may also be appropriate.

On the right are the leadpipes currently available for our trombones. Each can be ordered in brass, nickel silver or silver.

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 All leadpipes are stamped with the size as per the picture above.

 

 

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Rath R11Z           

Z              Standard leadpipe for the R11Z

ZA           More focused than the standard Z leadpipe

ZB           More open than the standard Z leadpipe

Rath R11K           

K             Standard leadpipe for the R11K

KA          More focused than the standard K leadpipe

KB           More open than the standard K leadpipe

Rath R12

12           Standard Leadpipe for the R12

12A        More Focused than the Standard leadpipe

12B         More open than the standard leadpipe

Rath R10             

10           Standard leadpipe for the R10

10A        More focused than the standard 10 leadpipe

10B         More open than the standard 10 leadpipe

Rath R1                

1              Standard leadpipe for the R1

1A           More focused than the standard 1 leadpipe

1B           More open than the standard 1 leadpipe

Rath R2                

2              Standard leadpipe for the R2

2A           More focused than the standard 2 leadpipe

2B           More open than the standard 2 leadpipe

Rath R3/R3F      

31           Standard leadpipe for the R3.

Small shank mouthpiece fitting.

Also available in large shank fitting as 31L.

31A        More focused than the standard 31 leadpipe.

Small shank mouthpiece fitting.

Also available in large shank fitting as 31AL.

31B         More open than the standard 31 leadpipe.

Small shank mouthpiece fitting.

Also available in large shank fitting as 31BL.

Rath R4/R4F      

41         Medium   

41A        Standard leadpipe for the R4

41B         More open than the 41A.

5              Alternative to the 41A and 41B.

 Produces a more focused sound, but with open response.

 5A          More focused than the 5 leadpipe

 5B          More open than the 5 leadpipe

Rath R8/R9         

9              Standard leadpipe for the R8 and R9.

 9A          More focused than the standard 9 leadpipe.

 9B          More open than the standard 9 leadpipe.

 9L           More open than the 9B.

Particularly suitable for use with dual bore slides,

And /or large bass trombone mouthpieces.

Rath R90

90           Standard leadpipe for the R90 contrabass trombone.

 90A       More focused than the standard 90 leadpipe.

 90B        More open than the standard 90 leadpipe.