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"I have been using cutaway mouthpieces with students for over 35 years. They are an absolutely invaluable tool in training muscle strength, endurance and muscle memory, three of the most important challenges in physical control of brass instruments. Use of cutaways is far superior to embouchure visualizers because it allows the player to work on embouchure development in playing position on the instrument, thus allowing for the correction of instrument position/angle that interferes with tone quality/flexibility. In the past this has always meant one of two things; either having the student order a custom cutaway for a very high price, or I would make them a cutaway with a bench grinder. The MKS cutaway solves this beautifully. It is very reasonably priced and is beautifully made. The availability of different rim sizes and shanks make the MKS cutaway a great solution. I will be having my students use them from this point forward. My sincerest thanks to MKS."
Elliot Chasanov, Professor of Trombone and Chair of Brass Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The MKS Cutaway Mouthpiece is an excellent tool for trombonists of all abilities. It combines the usefulness of mouthpiece buzzing and free buzzing, with the added bonus of being able to have the Cutaway Mouthpiece in the instrument. This means the mouthpiece angle and buzz are exactly as they are when playing, making it a valuable diagnostic tool and a great bridge between buzzing and playing. I highly recommend this wonderful product!
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
"Wow. Your cutaway is a piece of art! It looks beautiful and I LOVE practicing with it. I've been just using my mouthpiece without the horn to practice my breathing and phrase development. Your cutaway greatly simplifies the process. I will use it often and certainly recommend my students purchase one. That is if there are any left!"
Barry Hearn, Principal Trombone, Dallas Symphony
Adjunct Associate Professor of Trombone and Euphonium, Southern Methodist University
"The MKS Cutaway Mouthpiece can assist students and professionals by improving tone as trombonists develop their buzz on the cutaway. The MKS Cutaway Mouthpiece can also be used as a diagnostic tool, showing the ranges or specific areas the players are having issues with embouchure development, aperture size, jaw placement, and air/wind stream issues. The cutaway system distinctively shows the player all of the issues and allows a fix to be developed quickly."
Dr. Benjamin Yates, Assistant Professor of Trombone and Low Brass, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
"I have been using the MKS Cutaway Mouthpieces with my students and with my own practicing for about two months now and I absolutely love it! They are such a valuable tool for working on tone, air support, embouchure strength, and intonation. Not to mention how great it is to be able to see my students' aperture and for them to see mine. This is now a required item for anyone in my studio along with a tuner and a metronome. I firmly believe this is a 'must have' item for any serious trombone player."
Dr. Arthur Haecker, Visiting Professor of Trombone, St. Olaf College
"This beautifully made cutaway is an essential tool for every trombone player! Maintaining a relaxed, balanced embouchure is a challenge for many trombone players, and this is a great tool to help with that challenge. Being able to evaluate your buzz both visually and by feel is immensely helpful to improved performance. I’ve made using the MKS Cutaway part of my daily routine, and I can really hear the difference in improved accuracy and sound production. Make this part of your daily practice – you won’t regret it!"
Dr. Marc LaChance, Associate Professor of Low Brass, Director of Bands, Roanoke College
"I am very impressed with my Cutaway. It has already helped me identify some issues on my embouchure. I am looking forward to using it in private lessons once my students return in the Fall."
Dr. Luis Fernando Jiménez, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Conducting, Applied Trombone , Western Connecticut State University
"The MKS cutaway mouthpiece is a wonderful tool for the music educator and musician. It has allowed me personally to work on a focused buzz production while still holding my instrument. The pitch created by buzzing is amplified and supports the tone production. As an educator, I love that I can change the angle and see exactly what a student's embouchure looks like. No more trying to explain what is happening because I can visually identify the issues."
Robert Coe, Head Director of Bands, Onalaska High School, Onalaska, WI