Based on twenty five years of mouthpiece
research and experimentation along with years of professional
performing and teaching, David Hite and his wife and business
partner Jean founded David Hite, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, in 1979.
As a manufacturer and distributor of personally hand finished
woodwind mouthpieces and accessories, the original goal of the
company was primarily to serve the professional player through
personal consultation and custom work.
In 1983, the Hites moved to the New York
City area to work more closely with the many players who work
in the area and those who visit from all corners of the globe.
The scope of the company was enlarged in
1985 with the development of the PREMIERE by HITE mouthpiece
line, designed to provide top professional quality at student-level
In 1986 David Hite, Inc. moved to Southwest
Florida where it continues to produce the professional J&D HITE
line as well as the student PREMIERE mouthpieces. A patented
ligature was added to the product line in 1990.
Jean and David are unique in the mouthpiece
business. Both work full time in the business, maintaining regular
shop/office hours. As players and as craftsmen, they share responsibilities
in all aspects of the business ... design and specification decisions,
personal adjustments on cores and cams, hand finishing and play-testing.
They also share office work, packing and shipping, communication
and all the other tasks that make a business function.
Hite mouthpieces and ligatures are available
worldwide through a network of music store dealers. For additional
distribution information, please Email.