Mouthpiece Maker

Tend shop machines that form mouthpieces for woodwind instruments.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mouthpiece Makers do?

Tends shop machines that form and shape mouthpieces for woodwind instruments: Screws mouthpiece into boring machine that follows template to automatically form base of piece. Positions mouthpiece in chuck of automatic turning lathe and shapes outside of mouthpiece. Feeds mouthpiece in sloping machine to cut slope to specified dimensions. Presses tip of mouthpiece against abrasive wheel to grind to specified curvature. Places mouthpiece in fixture of chambering machine to shape inside opening. Cuts and attaches cork around forward part of mouthpiece to ensure fit of mouthpiece into instrument, using knife and glue. Verifies dimensions, using micrometers and gauges. Operates power buffing wheel to buff mouthpiece.

Should I be a Mouthpiece Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Mouthpiece Maker

    Mouthpiece Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Mouthpiece Maker-related education!
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