What models are currently available?
Since the relaunch of Laskey, we are now producing the entire Laskey Horn Series, including G, J, F and E cups. For Tuba, we have completed the entire existing line of Laskey Tuba Mouthpieces, including the H, G, F, C and B cups in 28, 30 and 32 rim sizes. Since acquiring The Laskey Company in 2019, our research and due diligence led us to start development and production of the most popular Laskey models, with the Trombone and Trumpet Mouthpieces now in development.
When will other Laskey models be available?
Patience, Young Jedi. After we launch the Horn and Tuba Mouthpieces, we are turning our attention to the development of Laskey Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium Mouthpieces in 2023. Additional instrument mouthpieces, such as the Piccolo, Flugel and Cornet will follow thereafter.
What steps have you taken to ensure this generation of Laskey Mouthpieces is true to the original models?
After acquiring the company assets from the Laskey family, we verified and backed-up the original drawings, design files and CNC Machine codes. We worked tirelessly to analyze and reverse engineer Scott Laskey's original designs, matching real world samples acquired and loaned to us against the original drawings and our own rebuilds of the design files that were missing. Taking the process two steps further, we sent an original and unfinished Laskey 30H Mouthpiece, alongside a newly machined model, to a forensic metallurgical firm to test and confirm we were using the exact same raw brass that was used for vintage Laskey Mouthpieces. We also engaged the same plating company and confirmed with them that they would use the exact same plating process that Scott had requested of them. We then put all mouthpieces through rigorous beta tests with the end result being overwhelming approval of the current models matching the original designs and mouthpieces. It was a long road to redevelopment, with the ultimate goal being to respect Scott Laskey’s timeless designs and to continue his legacy well into the future.
Can you describe the new technology used to manufacture the new line of Laskey mouthpieces?
Our company currently deploys twelve multi-axis CNC machines, including two nine-axis CNC machines and a custom Swiss CNC machine that are dedicated to manufacturing Laskey Mouthpieces. These machines are outfitted with bar-feeders/pushers, as well as robotic conveyor belts for lights-out manufacturing. In addition to this, the company has made significant investments in advanced measuring technologies including X-Ray scanning, complex CMM scanning and touch-probe measurement systems and hand-held scanning technologies. These measurement technologies are used in product development and reverse engineering, as well as inspecting and maintaining quality control standards for the products produced.
Scott Laskey changed the mouthpiece engraving to an italic font. Why have you gone back to the original?
After reviewing and reverse engineering countless mouthpieces during product development, more than two-thirds of all Laskey Mouthpieces used the original font. Through extensive discussions with many artists, as well as the Laskey family, we felt the original font best represents the timeless classic brand that Laskey is known for.
Are there any other changes made to the original designs?
Some models had many different CAD/CAM Drawings, each with slight variants. We analyzed each of these and normalized the design for every model, resulting in our "definitive" version of each original Laskey Mouthpiece. In some cases, it was synthesizing the 15 different versions of the 85GW Horn Mouthpiece and then split A/B testing the variants with Gail Williams, for whom the mouthpiece was originally designed. We also took enormous steps to measure, verify and standardize the shank fits on the various US and EU offerings, through a tight and continuous feedback loop with our core group of beta testers.
We also added the American (US) and European (EU) shank designations right on the side of the outer bowl to avoid any confusion or ambiguity. Original Laskey Mouthpieces had a line denoting the shank designation on the top of the shank. In later years, Scott started stamping the shank designation on the outer bowl. We decided to include this as part of the 3D engraving process to standardize production and variations.
What is the difference between US and EU Shank?
The shank fit all depends on your instrument's lead pipe or mouthpiece receiver. Through extensive measuring, testing and artist feedback, we have dialled-in two specific shank sizes for both the Horn and Tuba: American (US), fit and European (EU), fit.
Horn - American (US) Shank Measurements:
Taper Angle: 2.90 degrees
Horn - European (EU) Shank Measurements:
Taper Angle: 3.40 degrees
Tuba - American (US) Shank Measurements:
Taper Angle: 1.41 degrees
Tuba - European (EU) Shank Measurements:
Taper Angle: 1.37 degrees
Are you using the old or new blank?
The idea of old vs. new blanks is a bit of a misnomer. In reality, over the years Scott Laskey changed the designs of his mouthpieces by redesigning the outer diameter – bowl and ornamentation - shape to reflect his changing opinions on mouthpiece weight (Read Scott's article on mouthpiece weight). As such, it is our understanding through interviews with former colleagues and artists, as well as forensic analysis of vintage Laskey Mouthpieces, that there was no actual change in blank used. The current brass alloy is the exact same brass alloy used. The designs we have chosen to launch are classic Laskey and represent the most popular and iconic shapes and weights that were originally produced. All that matters is that the mouthpiece works for you. One size doesn’t fit all. We hope you’ll give these models a chance to exceed your expectations.
Is there a difference between Gold and Silver Mouthpieces?
Great question. Currently, all Laskey Mouthpieces are crafted from a brass alloy base metal. After machining, the pieces are cleaned, buffed, cleaned again and then sent to a speciality plating company for silver or gold plating. Aside from relief for those who have an allergic reaction to silver or gold, its very much a personal preference. To learn more about the difference between Gold and Silver finishes, please read Scott Laskey's article, "The Debate: Gold vs. Silver."
It is important to note that Gold Mouthpieces are a Special Order Only product. While we might carry limited inventory of these valuable and costly pieces, there might be a lead-time of 45 days from the date of order. Please also note that All Gold Mouthpieces are FINAL SALE ONLY, as any wear on a gold mouthpiece shows more easily and is not as repairable as silver counterparts. Thank you for your understanding.
Will you consider using other materials (stainless steel, etc.)?
We are currently focused on making the best and truest Laskey Mouthpieces possible, and that includes using the same raw materials as on the original mouthpieces.
Do you offer custom services?
Our current focus is on the original line of Laskey Mouthpieces and the impending launch of Laskey Signature Series Mouthpieces with internationally acclaimed artists. After we re-establish the existing Laskey product offering, we will take on custom services.
Will you offer Two-Piece or Three-Piece options?
Everything is on the table. At this time, we’re focusing on the redevelopment of classic Laskey One-Piece Mouthpieces.
Who actually owns Laskey Mouthpieces?
The Laskey Company was acquired in 2019 by Backun Musical Services, which is part of the Eastman Music Company. Backun is well known among woodwind players for innovative clarinet and accessory designs, in addition to the company’s incredible investment in industry-leading measuring and CNC technologies, and manufacturing techniques.