Basically, there is no such thing as perfection. There is only excellence, and to believe in perfection leads to frustration, followed by resignation, and finally stagnation. The brass mouthpiece was not perfected 40 years ago. The Wedge mouthpiece does not embody mouthpiece perfection either. But it does represent real progress. It's an important step towards excellence. For many players the Wedge is a better tool. Better equipment. Is it a substitute for practice? Absolutley not. Having better gear does not mean you practice less. In fact, many players tell us that the improved comfort, increased endurance, and better results from time in the woodshed with the Wedge encourages them to practice MORE.