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Re: Trb. Mouthpieces
I'm a trumpet player who played on a Bach mouthpiece all through college. I was wearing the plating off the one I used regularly (which is a whole other issue with Bach mouthpieces) and so I replaced it. Same number, same letter - but this one had a literal ridge where the cup met the throat all the way around, as if it wasn't fully machined. I took it to the repair shop and had it bored out slightly and it played fine, but it also cut down the life of the mouthpiece since there was a small piece of raw brass in the center.
Switched to Wick about a decade ago, and I'll never go back for personal use. But for kids? That's a hefty price investment for a hunk of metal that they may not like for very long. Wicks flat aren't cheap. They put a trumpet mouthpiece price-wise on par with a woodwind mouthpiece, and kids may want more than one for different purposes (if they play jazz, for example).
Schilke tends to be pretty well manufactured, durable, and consistent. Look into them.