The Wedge Story
Finally, after weeks of experimentation (and many more ruined mouthpieces) I found a completely new and unexpected rim shape that provided better sound, comfort, flexibility, and responsiveness. It shifted my reliable range when fatigued from high C to an E without any sacrifice in sound quality. I needed a D for the concert, so that was good enough for me.
So I changed accountants, acquired a patent, studied computer assisted design, learned how to operate a lathe and CNC mill, and set out to offer something truly unique in the field of brass mouthpieces, all the while continuing to practice medicine and raise my daughters. As you can imagine, I have a very understanding family, and I guess you could say I’m stubborn.
The Wedge design evolved through roughly sixty initial prototypes in the first year, and has si nce undergone two major design advancements since the original concept. In 2020 we are still a small company of only five employees (three of which are Harrisons!), now located in a rural setting on Gabriola Island, BC. Each month we ship out about 200 mouthpieces to players all over the world!
Many years as an ER physician and martial artist taught me that the world can be divided into two kinds of people: those who have enough pain, and those who need more.
Thirty-five years as a trumpet player taught me, without a doubt, which group brass players belong to: we already have enough pain. Playing any brass instrument is hard enough, and most people do not need more of a challenge than it already presents. If there was a way to make brass playing less painful, I simply had to share it.
The short answer is I did all of this not only as a labour of love, but also because of my absolute conviction that for most brass players the Wedge mouthpiece really is ‘a better mouse trap’.
Now, over twelve years later, I am thrilled to have that conviction affirmed by the experience of thousands of brass players all across the globe. So, thankyou to every Wedge player out there for believing in the possibility of something better.