Hello. Dave here. As a trumpet player, I am more amazed every week at the wealth of new brands, models, and designs of trumpets, mouthpieces, and accessories for the modern brass player. The possibilities for combinations of design features that are available to us seem endless. With all the chatter that brass players share about bore sizes, mouthpiece rims, bell tapers, and so on, there is one design feature that seems to confuse players-both younger and older- and that is, the reverse leadpipe.
Simply put, a reverse leadpipe compensates for the “bump” caused by the main tuning slide inserted into the trumpet’s leadpipe (that’s the tubing that the mouthpiece connects to). With this design, the tuning slide goes over the leadpipe rather than into the leadpipe . By eliminating this “bump”, the air is less restricted as it moves through the horn, and gives the horn a more open feel. This is an upgrade feature found in some intermediate as well as professional models. Of course, standard leadpipes with the standard, or traditional, main tuning slide are still quite common. There is no “right” or “wrong” with either setup, because it is really a matter of preference. So, the best way to choose between these two setups is to try both, and see which one feels better to you, the individual. I hope this helps solve some of the confusion associated with this feature for players, and the best thing to do is to try as many models as you can. So, I invite any and all who are interested in trying out a new trumpet to come see me at Severna Park Music & Arts, so I can show you this exciting feature, and all of the features in our trumpet lineup! Thanks for reading this, and I’ll be sharing more tips in the future!