Manufacturing mouthpieces for brass instruments

Celebrating our 20th anniversary!

2018 not only begins my 43rd year in the manufacturing side of the music industry, it also is the 20th anniversary of the Laskey Company.

It began back in 1975, when my teacher and later mentor, Renold O. Schilke brought me into his company.

When given the position of Director of Operations and Custom Mouthpieces, he brought me into the custom mouthpiece room, showed me how to turn on and off each lathe and said "have fun".  This began a wonderful journey into what has not only become an incredible experience, but also a unique education in the world of brass playing.


I got to work with some of the most amazing musicians, making mouthpieces for them and picking their brains as to their needs and how they got to the level of performance that made them so good.

While working with them, I began to see a similarity as to how they thought, what they were looking to achieve through their instrument and mouthpieces.


Sometimes the end result was best achieved by a simple modification to their mouthpiece. Many other times a completely new mouthpiece had to be made. This was all done by hand, using cutters and scrapers that shaved off bits of brass in the attempt to sculpt a "work of art" out of a rod of brass.

1998 was the beginning of the company bearing my name. At the urging of some of the musicians for whom I had done work, my family and I began The Laskey Company. And, I'm proud to say that it continues to be a family company today.

I want to say thank you for the success we have experienced over the past 20 years. We don't want to rest on our accomplishments, but will continue to seek out ways to help you make your experience as a musician, more rewarding for you and your audience.

Scott Laskey

 

How are mouthpieces made?

The first step is of course the design. Taking all the experience I had acquired from making mouthpieces by hand, I have taken those proven designs and written computer programs that allow me to reproduce them at the highest level of consistency. 

These designs are then fed into a CNC lathe. Below is a video that shows the process from loading bar stock, cutting the blank and then finally profiling the rim and cup. While this video shows making a french horn mouthpiece, the process is similar with trumpets, tubas and trombones.

Hopefully you find it interesting!

 

What's New?

Check out changes to our standard line.

 
Laskey Company Facebook Page and Laskey Library

One of the goals of the facebook page is to provide a forum for brass players. One that will hopefully offer whatever insight I may be able to provide calling upon the over 40 years I have had in the manufacturing/design side of this unique art form. Through the years, I have received numerous questions about mouthpieces and instruments. How do I select a mouthpiece? How should the mouthpiece fit my instrument? What mouthpiece will help me play higher? (none…go practice !) As a result I decided to periodially compose an article addressing some of these issues. Several of these articles have already been posted on facebook. If you would like to see these past articles, I've created a library on this web site. These are some of the topics already addressed. Click on the The Laskey Library link if you want to read one.

The Laskey Library

Gold vs. Silver

So you want a new mouthpiece

A question about mouthpiece weight

A product of my past

 

I would also like this Facebook page to be interactive. I welcome any suggestions for articles, questions you might have as well as productive comments that may help others through your own experiences. Please just post them, I will read them as I have time and offer a response and try to add any additional insight others may have .


As well as information that I hope can be used to improve your music making, I may also share a few of the many anecdotes and photos from my way too many years in this industry.

Go to Facebook.com and type in Laskey Company. Press "like" to receive new posts.

Players using German-made horns...

The Laskey Company makes many of our horn mouthpieces with G and F cups available in a larger shank to fit German- made horns like Schmid, Hoyer, etc. read more...

 

For those of you who have had trouble getting our mouthpieces through the Woodwind and Brasswind, please note that we are not currently selling through them at this time.  If you would like to purchase a Laskey mouthpiece, please check our dealer listing on this website, or contact me at scott@laskey.com.

scott@laskey.com

Phone: (630) 889-2188

Fax: (630) 689-5888

 

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