Houghton Horns Mouthpiece Underparts

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Houghton Horns mouthpieces possess a special external profile and a uniquely-balanced rim, cup, bore, backbore, and shank. The entire line was designed by Mark Houghton and Derek Wright and manufactured by Dave Houser. All Houghton mouthpiece cups (underparts) are made of either raw brass or surgical-grade stainless steel. Houghton mouthpiece rims are exclusively stainless steel, with optional H-kote. Houghton mouthpiece cups are available in four distinct models and a variety of configurations when paired with various rim diameters, contours and coatings. The intent was to design a line of mouthpieces that addressed the needs of real-world players by combining proven design concepts with the latest in technology and materials. Ultimately, the emphasis was on balance, focusing on the versatility and functionality that most modern players require. Between the four models any horn player, high or low, orchestral or commercial, solo or section, should be capable of finding a mouthpiece that provides a sense of comfort and identity.

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Brass vs. Stainless Steel

Many players have formed strong opinions about equipment and materials with regard to their sound, effect and allergenic properties. Brass has been the conventional alloy for mouthpiece production for centuries, and brass mouthpieces tend to produce a sound that is familiar, traditional, and warm. However, brass has downsides as a material: it can be highly allergenic for some players, and it is fairly soft and not very durable (even when plated with gold or nickel silver). Stainless steel mouthpieces are known for having a more direct, responsive quality, and therefore they feel and sound less traditional. Stainless steel is one of the most advanced manufacturing alloys in use today. It is corrosion-resistant, hypoallergenic, lightweight, scratch-resistant, and more durable than raw, silver-plated or gold-plated brass. Ultimately, the decision on materials rests with the player, as we are happy to provide cups (underparts) in both raw brass and stainless steel. Houghton Horns welcomes and encourages your experimentation and feedback!


    • High volume, bowl-shaped cup
    • #14 bore
    • Medium backbore
    • Morse (American) or European shank taper



    • Standard volume, bowl-shaped cup
    • #14 bore
    • Medium backbore
    • Morse (American) or European shank taper



    • Deep, funnel/bowl combination cup
    • Based on the original 1960’s era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece
    • #17 bore
    • Specialized backbore
    • Morse (American) or European shank taper



    • Medium, funnel/bowl combination cup
    • A shallower version of the original 1960’s era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece
    • #16 bore
    • Specialized backbore
    • Morse (American) or European shank taper


Exterior Profile

The exterior of the mouthpiece was designed to provide exceptional playability along with unmatched beauty. The uniquely positioned “knurled bulb” adds increased mass to the middle of the mouthpiece, aiding in efficient resonance, projection, response, and weight balance. The knurl also provides helpful traction for assembly of the cup and rim, and a handy grip for mouthpiece buzzing. The outside of the mouthpiece is “bead-blasted” for a durable satin finish.


Houghton rims have an ultra-smooth, comfortable feel, with special bites and contours to accompany each model. All rims are crafted in surgical grade stainless steel, with optional H-Kote.


H-Kote is a very thin, hard layer of vaporized titanium/ceramic composite that is deposited on the surface of our stainless steel mouthpiece rims. It is commonly used on implantable medical devices and surgical tools because of its biocompatibility. H-Kote can be a good option for those looking to go one step further in terms of hypo-allergenic equipment, and has a slightly different feel on the lips than uncoated stainless steel.


The cup designs are largely sourced from successful designs of the past, with modifications for enhanced performance. The H1 and H2 cups are bowl-shaped for excellent response, with maximum resonance and life. The H1 has a slightly larger volume than the H2. The H3 cup has a combination funnel/bowl shape that is based on the original 1960’s era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece. The H3 is relatively less resistant, and produces a rich, velvety sound. The H4 is another combination funnel/bowl in which the cup is a bit more shallow and the bore a bit larger than the H3, thus shifting some characteristics while still maintaining balance.

Bores and backbores

Each of the models is mated to a bore and backbore that complement their individual characteristics.


The mouthpiece shanks are sized for optimum fit and response in most horns with a Morse (American) or similarly tapered receiver. European shanks are also available.


All Houghton rims and cups are equipped with standard Giardinelli threads and a .660″ junction, making them compatible with the vast majority of rims and cups on the market, including the entire line of standard Houser mouthpieces.

Additional information

Weight0.25 lbs
Dimensions3 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

H1, H2, H3, H4


Standard (Morse), European


Stainless Steel, Raw Brass

3 reviews for Houghton Horns Mouthpiece Underparts

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    Devin Cobleigh Morrison (verified owner)

    After playing on a shallow cup and small bore for almost a year, the same cup shape of the h4 and the slightly more open bore (16) has been a great balance for me. The raw brass not only looks but also sounds great and is capable of producing a wide array of colors, and the efficient cup depth is a great tool for helping with immediacy. Very happy- thanks guys!

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    James Boldin (verified owner)

    Great product! High quality, professional-level mouthpiece. Was looking for something in-between the H1 and the San Francisco cup, and the H2 fits the bill. I have this cup in brass and stainless, and they are both fantastic.

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    Alex Lawson

    As a college French horn player working on my bachelor’s in music education at Carson-Newman University I can truly say this is the highest quality and the most though through mouthpiece I’ve ever played it plays well and the H1 gives me really good feedback and the resistance needed in the high register without undermining the openness of the lower register

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