It is crucially important in the early stages of playing to avoid choosing a mouthpiece too extreme in any of its features without good reason. There is a bewildering array from which to choose, with variations in cup depth, rim width, internal diameter, and bore size to consider.

A wise initial step is to choose a good middle-of-the-range mouthpiece of medium depth. Such a choice would be the Paxman 3B or 4B, a DW-Paxman 5.5 or a PHC First. From either of these a constructive move could be made to alternative options. For help and advice on any aspect of selecting your mouthpiece, please contact the Paxman staff.



Available as one-piece and two-piece mouthpieces Buy Mouthpieces

Now available in silver plated brass to help our colleagues who are finding they have nickel allergies. We do still have limited stock of nickel items so please enquire when placing an order.

2A 4.00mm 4.50mm Shallow 16.00mm
2B 4.00mm 4.50mm Medium 16.00mm
2C 4.00mm 4.50mm Deep 16.00mm
3A 4.20mm 4.50mm Shallow 16.89mm
3B 4.20mm 4.50mm Medium 16.89mm
3C 4.20mm 4.50mm Deep 16.89mm
4A 4.40mm 4.50mm Shallow 17.78mm
4B 4.40mm 4.50mm Medium 17.78mm
4C 4.40mm 4.50mm Deep 17.78mm
Extra narrow rims available for two-piece mouthpieces
2X 3.70mm
3X 3.90mm
4X 4.00mm

Detachable rims are available in silver plated, white acetal, or gold-plated.


We are pleased to announce the addition of three new cups and four new rims to the long established range of Paxman mouthpieces In line with the current models, the three cups will be called the 5A, 5B and 5C, with the 5A being the shallowest and the 5C the deepest.

The rims are the 5, 5X, 5L and 5LX with the X signifying a narrow rim and the L a larger internal diameter. Full technical specifications are shown in the tables below.

5A 4.50mm Medium, bowl shaped cup for a bright sound and support in the higher register. Comparable to the PHC 21A
5B 4.70mm Medium funnel cup, good in all registers. Comparable to the PHC 23A
5C 4.70mm Deep funnel cup for a big, rich sound. Comparable to the PHC 25A

5 17.50mm 4.50mm An excellent medium size rim suitable for all abilities. Comparable to the PHC AS
5X 17.50mm 3.75mm A narrower version of the 5 for players who prefer this. Comparable to the PHC AN
5L 18.00mm 4.25mm A larger ID than the 5, ideal for those who want a little more space. Comparable to the PHC AS18
5LX 18.00mm 4.00mm A narrower version of the 5L. Comparable to
the PHC N, but with a smaller internal diameter

Cups are made from brass and silver plated. Rims are available in silver plated brass or hypoallergenic Delrin. Gold plated cups and rims are available by special request


Some time ago, Paxman Director and LSO principal horn, Tim Jones, was approached by Denis Wick with a view to developing a range of horn mouthpieces based on the principles underlying Wick’s ‘Heritage’ range. This principle is based on a late 19th century design, where the cup wall is very thin near the mouthpiece rim, combined with the new idea to have substantially more mass lower down the cup. Whilst Denis Wick had established that the principle worked exceptionally well on horn mouthpieces, they wanted Tim’s and Paxman’s help and expertise in refining the various combinations of cup and rim. The concept was tried using some existing Paxman and Denis Wick mouthpieces as models for the internal shape, but changing the external profile. The result was amazing. The mouthpieces had an immediate, easy response, particularly in the high register, a smooth legato and a sound rich in overtones over the whole range. After substantial testing, a range of 7 models was produced, based on the Paxman 3B, 4B, the Wick 5N, 6N and 7N and some other traditional style cups, with dimensions in millemeters as shown in the table below.

DW-Paxman Mouthpieces
4 18 26.6 4.3 4.7
5 17.5 26.1 4.3 4.6
5.5 17.4 26 4.3 4.5
6 17.25 25.85 4.3 4.5
7 17 25.6 4.1 4.5
8 16.89 25.49 4.3 4.5
9 16.55 25.4 4.5 4.4

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. 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!

Buy the new DW-Paxman mouthpieces here

Please contact Paxman for further information.


Paxman carry the full range of PHC mouthpieces. For details, descriptions and photos of this range, please consult the PHC website:

Jim Rattigan
Paxman Horns in Stock
Martin van de Merwe
Horn Rental