Manufacturing mouthpieces for brass instruments plus trumpets
2015 begins my 40th year in the manufacturing side of the music industry. It began back in 1975, when my teacher and later mentor, Renold O. Schilke brought me into his company.
When given the position of Director of Operations and Custom Mouthpieces, he brought me into the custom mouthpiece room, showed me how to turn on and off each lathe and said "have fun". This began a wonderful journey into what has not only become an incredible experience, but also a unique education in the world of brass playing.
I got to work with some of the most amazing musicians, making mouthpieces for them and picking their brains as to their needs and how they got to the level of performance that made them so good.
While working with them, I began to see a similarity as to how they thought, what they were looking to achieve through their instrument and mouthpieces.
Sometimes the end result was best achieved by a simple modification to their mouthpiece. Many other times a completely new mouthpiece had to be made. This was all done by hand, using cutters and scrapers that shaved off bits of brass in the attempt to sculpt a "work of art" out of a rod of brass.
1998 was the beginning of the company bearing my name. At the urging of some of the musicians for whom I had done work, my family and I began The Laskey Company.
Taking all the experience I had acquired from making mouthpieces by hand, I now began to take those proven designs and write computer programs that allowed me to reproduce them at the highest level of consistency.
I want to say thank you for the success we have experienced over the past 17 years. We don't want to rest on our accomplishments, but will continue to seek out ways to help you make your experience as a musician, more rewarding for you and your audience.
Laskey Company Facebook Page!
The goal of this page is to provide a forum for brass players. One that will hopefully offer whatever insight I may be able to provide calling upon the over 40 years I have had in the manufacturing/design side of this unique art form. Through the years, I have received numerous questions about mouthpieces and instruments. How do I select a mouthpiece? How should the mouthpiece fit my instrument? What mouthpiece will help me play higher? (none…go practice !)
I would like this Facebook page to be interactive. I welcome any questions you might have as well as productive comments that may help others through your own experiences. Please just post them, I will read them as I have time and offer a response and try to add any additional insight others may have .
As well as information that I hope can be used to improve your music making, I may also share a few of the many anecdotes from my way too many years in this industry.
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90D trombone mouthpiece. After many requests from both professional and bass trombone students, we have decided to make that “tweener” so many have asked for. read more...
With the increased number of German-made horns, The Laskey Company is now making many of our horn mouthpieces with J, G and F cups available in a larger shank. Players using Schmid, Hoyer horns, etc. now have Laskey mouthpieces made specifically for those instruments. read more...
Phone: (630) 889-2188
Fax: (630) 689-5888