[quote=“Poagao”]I was considering getting a gold mouthpiece for my pocket trumpet, which is gold and black, and the silver doesn’t really match. That got me looking into the different kinds, sizes and brands of mouthpieces available, but I really need to try them before I know how they sound. I know of a few music/instrument stores around Taipei, but does anyone know of any places with a particularly large and varied collection? I’d be particularly interested in trying out the “asymmetrical” mouthpieces.
Right now I have the standard Bach 7C that came with my Stradivarius when I bought it in 1982, as well as a bored-out 2C, and an 11C for the pocket trumpet (Jupiter, cheap).[/quote]Seriously, I wouldn’t bother looking for anything like a decent range in a local shop.
Your best bet would be to go to a specialist brass instrument shop, wherever you can find one. There are quite a few in the UK, loads in America, and presumably some in other countries too. Leave two days for trying mouthpieces. The first for getting an idea of the range and narrowing things down. The second to choose a mouthpiece and make sure of your decision. A mouthpiece that seems great at first may turn out to be less than perfect later.
If you can’t do that, there are a few shops in the US and possibly elsewhere that will send out mouthpieces on trial. I seem to remember that Woodwind & Brasswind do that, three at a time IIRC. You could post on brass instrument newsgroups for information about others.