"As a freelance lower brass doubler I have looked for a bass trombone mouthpiece that works well for me on short notice for many years. If I am called for a job that is happening the next day and I have been playing mostly tenor or tuba, I don't want to have to worry that my trigger and upper ranges will not be in good balance.
This Warburton 1 1/4G is without a doubt the best balanced bass trombone mouthpiece that I have ever played on my Shires TruBore bass, and I have tried a lot of them. It has a good, solid, reliable low register and a great sound up and down the horn. A fine mouthpiece."
Sam Burtis has been a freelance tenor and bass trombonist, tubist, lower brass player, arranger/composer, music director and educator in New York City since the late 1960s. Among literally thousands of engagements and recordings, he has played with and/or written extensively for such groups as the Tito Puente Orchestra, the Lee Konitz Nonet, the Mambo Legends, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Big Band (as the original music director/arranger of the group) and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. His books The American Trombone and Time, Balance and Connections-A Universal Theory Of Brass Relativity have influenced a generation of brass players worldwide.
Sam can be reached at
or through his websites, samburtis.com and openhorn.com.