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New Denis Wick Paxman Mouthpieces Now in Stock!

by Administrator 16. January 2014 16:37

Denis Wick Paxman French Horn mouthpieces

Denis Wick and Paxman have collaborated to produce a set of revolutionary new French horn mouthpieces.

Tim Jones, a friend of Denis Wick, Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and Director of renowned horn makers Paxman, worked with Denis on the trial of these remarkably different mouthpieces. Initially Tim thought the shape would not work, but was immediately hooked after he tried it!

These new mouthpieces use a radically different outer shape to the well-established internal shapes developed over the years by Denis Wick and Paxman. The result, an unusual outer shaped mouthpiece with the endorsement of Paxman giving great credibility.

The range covers a broad spectrum of sizes from 16.55mm to 18mm stemming from the Denis Wick 5N, 6N, 7N, and Paxman 3B and 4B internal dimensions, whilst also using some traditional cups for the smallest sizes, giving a total of 7 models that will join the similar Heritage range of mouthpieces for trombone, cornet and tenor (alto) horn.

While the look of the mouthpiece is a big departure from the traditional ‘funnel’ shape of other mouthpieces, the internal sizes and rim profiles are completely conventional, giving an immediate, easy response (particularly in the high register), providing smooth legato playing with a really beautiful just-heard overtone structure to the sound.

In a world where to stand out from the crowd is sometimes not easy, we very much feel that the benefits of this design make it worthwhile to dare to be different!

To find out more, or arrange a trial, please contact our brass department, by calling 01823 282386 (option 1), or email steve@johnpacker.co.uk

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New Products

All new mouthpiece from Vandoren

by Administrator 11. October 2011 15:21

THE new CL4 and CL5 mouthpieces and M/O ligature are the very latest mouthpieces and ligature set from Vandoren.


The craftsmen at Vandoren have created a revolutionary new clarinet mouthpiece. Completely redesigned inside and out, the MASTERS line produces a perfect balance of richness, stability and projection. Built without compromise, for those who play without compromise, the Masters mouthpiece is a work of art for creating works of art. The new MASTERS mouthpieces feature a specific bore, a new chamber as well as a new exterior design.
Two models have been developed with facings specific to this series: CL4 and CL5.
They are very easy blowing and have exceptional sound and tuning characteristics.


The CL4 is characterized by a very radiant, clear sound and exceptional intonation. It allows precise, easy blowing and flawless articulation.

The CL5 is characterized by a round, full sound, exceptional intonation and perfect homogeneity and projection.


The MASTERS mouthpieces require specific ligatures; they can only be used with series M/O metal ligature or with flexible ligatures, like Leather or Klassik Vandoren ligatures.This new ligature from Vandoren combines the lightweight construction of the Masters ligature with the highly efficient tightening of the OPTIMUM ligature.

These mouthpieces come with the M/O ligature.This new ligature from Vandoren combines the lightweight construction of the Masters ligature with the highly efficient tightening of the OPTIMUM ligature. It is quick and easy to use with the symmetrical tightening with a unique double-track screw mechanism from the Optimum ligature.

The M/O gives you the optimum vibration of the reed and crisp articulation.

Ligature available in:
Black finish
Pewter finish
Silver plated
Gold plated

Until the end of October 2011, you can save 10% when ordering this online with the code: OctP10

 

Click here for the CL4 mouthpiece

Click here for the CL5 mouthpiece



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New Products

Who is the real John Packer Ltd?

by Administrator 3. May 2011 11:33

FOR almost 10 years John Packer Ltd has been busily developing and expanding a JP range of woodwind and brass products. This has been very successful and the range now extends to over 100 different models with more in the pipeline.

Inevitably, all this activity and our pride in what we have been doing has meant that our promotional efforts have become dominated by the JP product brand. It has occurred to us that maybe we have created the impression that things have changed here at John Packer's.

Let us reassure you that (with the exception of our own range) nothing has changed. We still carry a huge breadth of stock from student to professional including all the latest models from a broad range of manufacturers. Even where we have our own products, we still carry all the usual alternatives from other makers because we know that all players are different and you need a real choice!

The latest additions to our stock include: the exciting intermediate range of Schagerl trumpets, the new Neo euphonium and YPC62R piccolo from Yamaha, Fossati oboes, Azumi flutes, Trevor James Signature saxophones, Michael Rath handmade trombones, not to mention an abundance of new accessories; Stock mouthpieces, Aizen saxophone mouthpieces, Voros bassoon reeds and Kernow oboe reeds.

Bottom line? We are everything that we used to be and a little more besides!

That includes: Adler, Altus, Azumi, Besson, Buffet, Bach, Conn Holton, Howarth, James, Jupiter, King, Leblanc, Mateki, Miyazawa, Muramatsu, Patricola, Paxman, Pearl, Powell, Rath, Sankyo, Schagerl, Schreiber, Schilke, Selmer, Smith-Watkins, Stomvi, Yanagisawa, Yamaha and more! All in stock, all ready to try in the shop (or on approval), all can be checked/set up by our workshop, all with the personal specialised service that helped to give us our reputation.