Overview of Wedge Flugelhorn Mouthpieces
The current Wedge flugelhorn mouthpiece system consists of a top and screw on backbore. This system lets you use your top on different flugelhorns requiring different shanks, and also with your trumpet or cornet using the appropriate special shank.
The previous one piece system has been discontinued, although we do have a few one piece models available with French and Trumpet shanks only.
* Tops are available in silver or gold plated brass, black Delrin, clear Acrylic plastic.
* Optional 5 or 10 degree angled rim for players with overbite.
Naming of Rim Diameters
The current Gen 2 Wedge cornet rims are named according to the inner diameter (ID) of the rim measured in the long, vertical axis at a depth of .04 inches into the cup.
For example a 66 series rim measures 0.660 inches at that specific point. Keep in mind that manufacturers measure their rim sizes at different points, so the ID often does not translate between brands.
If you are happy with your current mouthpiece and just want to know what the Wedge design can do for your playing you can simply select a mouthpiece with a similar cup and diameter similar to your current mouthpiece. To select the diameter match the diameter of your flugelhorn mouthpiece to the diameter of the same rim size on one of our Trumpet Mouthpiece Comparison Tables. This works well, since the rim sizes are the same.
Flugelhorn Tops Come in Regular (FLC), Deep (D), and Shallow (FLS) Cup Depths.
FLS (Shallow) Cup
* V shaped cup that is shallower than our regular cup.
* Provides easier upper register and a more focused sound
* Still has characteristic flugelhorn sound.
FLC (Regular) Cup
* Excellent combination of a dark tone and access to the upper register.
* Best choice for most players.
FLD (Deep) Cup
* Deep cup similar to Denis Wick flugelhorn mouthpieces.
* Deeper option that provides an extra dark sound.
* Trade-off is an upper register that is less supported.
We also offer special shanks that allow your flugelhorn top to be used in your trumpet, or as a British cornet mouthpiece.
It is important to know which shank your particular flugelhorn takes before ordering. The best way to confirm the proper shank for your instrument is to check with the manufacturer, however, we have included some general guidelines below.
Flugelhorn Shank Guide
Flugelhorns are made with receivers designed to fit different mouthpiece tapers. Some receivers will fit more than one taper, for example a Bach shank will fit in a French receiver, but horns will play best with shank for which they were designed.
There is a fair bit of confusion about choosing the right shank, partly because some manufacturers use two or even three types of receiver, and some provide more than one leadpipe with their horns. The following is a list drawn from a variety of sources.
If you do not find your make and model in the following list, it is because there is either no or conflicting information depending on the source. In that case the best strategy is to contact the manufacturer of your instrument.
French (No Taper):
* Outer diameter at the tip of the shank typically measures about .388 inches.
* Compatible with: French Besson, Couesnon, Flip Oakes, Kanstul CCF 925, 725, Miraphone.
Bach (Sometimes referred to as American) Small Morse Taper
* Outer diameter at the tip of the shank typically measures about .354 to .358 inches.
* B & S, Bach, R, S, Berkeley, Besson Sovereign, Courtois, Eclipse, F. E. Olds, Holton, LeBlanc, Taylor, Kanstul models 725, 1025, and newer 1525, Miraphone , Olds FE, Phaeton, Reynolds, Schilke, Selmer, Taylor.
Standard (Also sometimes referred to as American) Large Morse Taper:
* Outer diameter at the tip of the shank typically measures about .368 inches.
* Adams, Allure, Austin Custom flugelhorns, Benge, Blessing, Calicchio, Callet, Conn Vintage One, Eclipse, Gerd Dowids, Getzen, Josef Lidl, older Kanstul 1525, King, Lawler, Miraphone , Orlando Wind Instruments, Schilke, Stomvi, Thomas Inderbinen , Weril, Yamaha.
German Taper (very similar to trumpet taper, but slightly larger):
* Outer diameter at the tip of the shank typically measures about .386 to .390 inches.
* Gerd Dowids, some other German rotary flugelhorns. Our trumpet taper shank will work well in most German rotary flugelhorns.