I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Selmer mouthpieces looking different. And it has been exasperatingly hard to find photos of the new mouthpieces. Manufacturers spend untold amounts of money to produce these mouthpieces and then neglect to market them. And by market them, I mean provide even the most basic photos of them. Typically they will have one “beauty” shot of the top of the mouthpiece and often nothing showing the the reed table side of the mouthpiece. It is almost as if they expect a player to buy them sight unseen.
Further there is a certain amount of counterfeiting of mouthpieces going on. I wasn’t able to google up any photos of the new S80’s. I wrote to Selmer Paris and they were responsive and gracious enough to send me a few photos. These aren’t professional advertising photos, but Thierry Doublon at Selmer went to the trouble of getting one, opening the box and taking a few photographs of the new mouthpiece which I include here. He also said:
"Actually, the mouthpieces are marked and delivered as on the photos. (engraved on the body and opening on the table) Old versions was engraved on the body and opening on the body too....some mouthpieces was not engraved, but only "hot stamped"."
Additionally, I got an e-mail from Christophe Grezes of Selmer…he says:
"Indeed we changed are [sic] mouthpiece stamping. The opening is engraved on the table (where you put the reed) and the outside they are stamped into the body. There is also two small letters on the side close to the big diameter."
Engraved, embossed, stamped, decal, transfer, guilded….there is a whole slew of words for the process of putting the wording/logo on a mouthpiece.
Not real clear, but a step in the right direction. Hey, if you have one of the new mouthpieces and care to send me photos, please do so and I will add them here.