Legit / Orchestral / Quintet
Wide Selection of Options
The Wedge line provides a complete integrated line of mouthpieces for pops, lead, flugel. We provide the working pro with unsurpassed personalized service with unlimited custom options and fast turn around on custom jobs. Mouthpiece selection is made easy by providing options based on familiar sizes popular with orchestral players.
The option to use the special short shank on the two part backbore provides improved performance on many C, Eb, and D trumpets, reducing or eliminating many pitch and slotting problems.The modular system provides the ability to customize with different backbores and throats, or a one piece mouthpiece can be selected.
Players report that the ability to have the same Wedge rim for trumpet, cornet, flugel, and pic helps them to transition between horns.
The Wedge design provides superior, fat sound with great projection. Players report a greater ability to go from PPP to FFF with ease and confidence.
The Wedge design provides better endurance, with less swelling and faster recovery.
The Wedge rim provides a very unique combination of well defined, secure slots coupled with increases flexibility that makes slurs and interval jumps much easier than on a conventional mouthpiece.
"Playing 2 hour concerts with very little rest can be taxing if you aren't playing as efficiently as possible. Recording sessions and rehearsals that start in the morning and end in the evening can also take it's toll on the chops. The wedge concept maximizes one's efficiency and comfort on the mouthpiece when we have these long days. I remember feeling beatup in the face during my pre wedge days when we had these long sessions and tours. Ever since finding the perfect wedge mouthpieces I still feel quite fresh, even after playing all day. Now I rarely feel fatigued and I love the comfort and grip of the rim."
Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet - Canadian Brass
"I think for the orchestral player the issues of ensemble intonation, balance, and personal endurance issues are the "biggies ". Because the Wedge allows for so much more freedom of embouchure function it's far easier to be more successful in these critical areas.
Howard Engstrom, - Principal Trumpet Emeritus
I think many horn players struggle with their high range and endurance. In a brass quintet, these issues are exacerbated by our directional inadequacy and lots of loud playing. Horn parts in quintet are frequently all over the instrument, and do not lend themselves to "playing easy." Since switching to a Wedge rim, I've noticed it's much more conducive to playing easy, and when I'm able to do it I can play for much longer than before, I can play considerably higher than before, and I have much more grip when navigating the various registers of the instrument. It's helped my endurance, range and fluidity between registers. I love it, and have been telling my friends!
Eric Reed - French Horn, Canadian Brass
I'm part of a brass quintet. We do shows which are more than 2 hours long with very different music kinds, from opera to classics to swing. Not only the mind of the player must be flexible, but also the equipement, horns and mouthpiece(s). I'm using 4 different mouthpieces for every show, depending what kind of sound I'm searching for. Endurance is another big deal!
On the wedges I can focus my attention on Music, everything else is easyer. The playing confort is very high, flexibility in range and in tone-colour choosing are so easy!!! I've noticed even more endurance (same sound quality for a longer time period), less time to recover from fatigue, and more range. But that's only technical things. With less work directed to the tone production, I feel only involved in Music Making, sharing emotions and all that stuff for which audience is paying!!!
Marco Pierobon, Trumpet - Gomalan Brass
Popular Sizes for Trumpet
The Bach 1-1/2C or similar mouthpiece has been a very popular choice for orchestral and quintet playing for many years. Other popular choices for those wanting a slightly bigger sound are the Bach 1-1/4C, Bach 1C, and Bach 1B. We offer Wedge versions of each of these mouthpiece with a 27 or 25 throat as part of our Standard Brand Line of B1.5C, B1.25C, B1C and B1B. The B1.5C is the Signature mouthpiece of Brandon Ridenour of the Canadian Brass.
From the Original Wedge Signature line we off the Engstrom. This mouthpiece has a very comfortable 1.5 cushion rim. The 1.5 cushion rim has the same outer diameter as the standard rim but has slightly softer curves and a softer bite. It has an oversized 1.25Cm cup for big, rich, orchestral sound.