Lord Vader, Your B & D Cups Are Waiting

Posted October 11th, 2011 by Christan Griego in Company News | No Comments »

I’ve been working the past nine months on finishing the next Alessi Series cup lines. The B & D cups were the missing links and are now available (or soon will be) at your local Griego dealer.

We will make them available on this site once all dealers have them and are ready for your orders.

The B cup is a great solo mouthpiece and the D is a good all around mouthpiece for orchestral/symphonic playing.

Enjoy,

Christan

Griego Authorized Dealers

Posted March 10th, 2011 by Christan Griego in Uncategorized | No Comments »

First, I want to let everyone know I appreciate all the kind emails I received after launching the Alessi’s. It was a lot of fun working with Joe to create a new line for our customers.

We are working hard to keep up with all the orders coming in from our dealers and our online store. For those of you that are still on the fence about your purchase, please consider these Griego Authorized Dealers. They all stock our mouthpieces and provide great customer service.

I will be at the ETW next week and look forward to working with those of you that will be attending.

Christan

Griego-Alessi Mouthpieces Now Available

Posted February 8th, 2011 by Christan Griego in Company News | No Comments »

The wait is over (and your patience is appreciated)! We have been busy making mouthpieces and are excited to finally make the Griego-Alessi’s available on our own site.

Our dealers have pre-ordered these mouthpieces and many now have them in stock. Please feel free to order from them if you want to take advantage of their return policies. Our online store is also available for orders. As you may already know, we do not accept trials or returns (unless there is a manufacturing defect). Between working at Edwards and creating mouthpieces for Griego, I simply don’t have the time to handle returns. I will have trial kits and mouthpieces for sale at TMEA this week in San Antonio. If you are attending, please drop by and play test these new creations.

While we currently have silver Griego-Alessi’s in stock, an onslaught of orders could wipe us out of our reserves. I’ll be working nights and weekends to keep up with the demand. Order fulfillment should speed up once I get a feel for demand. My goal is to deliver every order as quickly as possible.

Gold-plated Griego-Alessi mouthpieces are not currently in stock, so delivery will take a little longer for those models.

One final request: please read the material provided on our web site before shooting off an email. The volume of emails I receive is quite heavy, and although I do my best to keep up, it can become overwhelming. If you do not receive an answer in 3-5 days, go ahead and re-send your message.


Photography and artwork by David Finlayson

Alessi Update

Posted December 29th, 2010 by Christan Griego in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Boxes should be here by Friday, yes the hold up is packaging. We’ll be packing inventory and shipping to dealers the first week of 2011. We’re launching only the large bore mouthpieces at this time. We do have plans for small bore but one thing at a time.

A Little Eye Candy

Posted December 10th, 2010 by Joshua Brown in Company News | 5 Comments »

We know some of you have been curious about our progress on the new Alessi line. Here’s the fruit of Christan’s and Joe’s labor.

Griego Alessi Mouthpiece

Alessi Seminar Update

Posted December 8th, 2010 by Joshua Brown in General, Performances | No Comments »

The Alessi Seminar will be hear before you know it. In addition to the usual suspects (Alessi, Ellefson and Whitaker), this year’s seminar will feature Trombones de Costa Rica and Sim Flora. Trombonists interested in performing and/or teaching as a career choice should definitely attend this event. And since it’s being held in Alabama, we expect to see lots of trombonists from Florida, Mississippi, Georgia… you get the idea. Visit www.alessiseminar.com for all the details.

2011 Alessi Seminar

Shipping November 3-10

Posted November 2nd, 2010 by Christan Griego in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

The delivery department is taking a long needed vacation tomorrow through the 10th. This means any order placed during this period will not ship until the 11th.

We pride ourselves in quick delivery but even the best employee’s need a break now and then.

For me, you’ll find me at the machine making new product getting ready for the upcoming launch of the Alessi line.

4.5 Nouveau

Posted October 26th, 2010 by Christan Griego in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

When I work on the T396-A trombone I always play a Griego mouthpiece or often one of my competitors to feel/hear what you do when you are playing.

Today I was testing a T396-A with a 4.5 Nouveau and man did it sing. Easy in all registers and beautiful sound (even for me). I think for the solo playing this combination works pretty darn well.

Enjoy these pieces, they are meant to be played.

Christan

What mouthpiece should I purchase

Posted October 24th, 2010 by Christan Griego in General, Tips | No Comments »

The answer is always “the one that works best for your needs”.  Ok, that’s me being Captain Obvious but in all seriousness it sometimes is that easy.  Other times you might have to think a bit about what you are after.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked “what’s the difference between NY & Deco shapes?  Is it only cosmetic?”.  Now with the Nouveau blank it could get more difficult to choose… or is it.  The shapes (Blank is what I call outer shape) are unique, but it’s not just the shape that is different, it is the weight of the mouthpiece.  The weight of the mouthpiece really does control many things in the sound and feel of the instrument.

A heavier blank (Deco) will provide a very stable feel and if your instrument is not very stable feeling this is the mouthpiece for you.  The sound is also very rich and centered aiding in projection.  This all sounds perfect, why would you want anything else but “rich and centered”?  Well if your horn is a very centered and stable instrument then this style mouthpiece might double up with your instrument and make the overall sound confined and not allow you to shape the notes the way you want in timbre and color.

The NY blank is my medium or standard weight mouthpiece.  It has a very neutral approach and is not heavy or light.  The sound is wider than the Deco with a bit more highs on the outside of the sound than the Deco,  and this style of mouthpiece is a safe bet if you read all of this information and still can’t make a decision.

The Nouveau blank is a very light mouthpiece that is designed to open up instruments that blow a bit  tighter and are overly centered.  The sound is the most wide and brilliant of the three styles of mouthpieces.

The one thing to realize is your style of air.  If you blow very slow hot air and tend to be really dark sounding without enough clarity then you should consider a smaller mouthpiece in a lighter style blank to focus in your sound and help with clarity within sound and articulation.

If you play with very fast air and tend towards being bright and a bit explosive then consider a heavier style blank to keep the sound centered in the higher dynamics and the upper overtones from being too prevalent in the sound.

Everything is about balance and understanding what you want in feel and sound.   There are enough options within this line to fit most any trombone player.  If not, then just wait for the Alessi line and then you will have even more options to think about.

All large bore in Nouveau style now available

Posted October 21st, 2010 by Christan Griego in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We’ve got the large bore complete. Nouveau blanks are now available in all large bore tenor and bass models. The .75 model is currently out of stock but will be replenished this week.

Small bore nouveau will be completed in the upcoming month.

There’s a lot on the horizon with the upcoming launch of Alessi mouthpieces, and a new design concept that’s showing a lot of promise (fingers crossed).

Keep up the practice and enjoy the new toys.

Christan

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