Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Wedge Mouthpiece - I play a Yamaha 621s baritone and today at a band

  1. Wedge Mouthpiece - I play a Yamaha 621s baritone and today at a band

    rehearsal a euphonium player raved about his Wedge mouthpiece. I'd appreciate comments, feedback, and anecdotes. I'm curious and could sure play better up there.

    LittlerJimmy

  2. #2
    I changed the thread title slightly so people would know what the topic is.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

  3. Quote Originally Posted by LittleJimmy View Post
    rehearsal a euphonium player raved about his Wedge mouthpiece. I'd appreciate comments, feedback, and anecdotes. I'm curious and could sure play better up there.

    LittlerJimmy
    What mouthpiece are you currently using? Do you know which wedge mouthpiece the Euphonium player was using?

    I tried one a while back, and it didn't give me magical powers of high range. Regardless of the shape of the rim or mouthpiece, you still need the strength to maintain that embouchure with a lot more pressure behind it. From what I have read, it takes some time to get used to, as the design has a lot less side support, and is wider top to bottom than it is side to side.

    I think they have a return policy, so you can always send one back if it ends up not working for you. The only real way to find out is to try it. If it works for you, then it's good!
    Sterling / Perantucci 1065HGS - Hammond 11L , Bach 42T - Laskey 59MD, Kanstul 1588CR - Hammond 11ML, Yamaha YBL-612 RII - Faxx 1 1/2G

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Indianapolis area
    Posts
    783
    I am a recent convert to the Wedge, having bought a 103 for my Neo euphonium.
    If you do decide to buy, DO NOT BUY ONE THAT IS TOO BIG. You are playing a BARITONE.
    I'm not sure if there is a Wedge small enough for Baritone. I also think the small shank is
    a special order and possibly MAY NOT be returnable. Please do not trust my memory, however--check the
    Wedge website for appropriate size of cup, small shank, and return policy.
    No, the wedge is not magic; nothing is. I am finding after three weeks or so, however, that the
    Wedge allows me to do what I can do with some more efficiency. I also find that it matches my Neo euph
    quite well. I also might stink a bit less due to the Wedge/Neo at the aspects of playing at which
    I've traditionally stunk .
    Last edited by Snorlax; 08-08-2019 at 11:37 AM.
    Yamaha 642-II Neo, Wedge 103A/Wick 4AL
    Yamaha 321, Yamaha 621 Baritone
    Conn 50H trombone
    Blue P-bone
    www.soundcloud.com/jweuph

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJimmy View Post
    rehearsal a euphonium player raved about his Wedge mouthpiece. I'd appreciate comments, feedback, and anecdotes. I'm curious and could sure play better up there.

    LittlerJimmy
    Wedge sells a variety of trombone mouthpieces that may work for baritone. I do caution that the rim of a Wedge mouthpiece is smaller than that of a conventional mouthpiece of the same size.

    https://store.wedgemouthpiece.com/lo...parison-table/

    Mike
    Last edited by mbrooke; 08-08-2019 at 01:25 PM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    1
    I’ve played a wedge for about 6 months. As has been said it’s no magic cure but I noticed a slight improvement in both range and stamina more or less immediately. I had expected to bed it in over a period of weeks but in reality I used it the following band practice and never went back. I was playing an SM3 ultra previously. Recently, out of curiosity, I dug the SM out. I have to admit that, while the wedge is a slight compromise on size (the 3 is notably bigger) the wedge still gives me a combination of both more range and better endurance.
    When I returned to playing 3 years ago I briefly played an SM4 ultra - that was definitely too small (when I played as a teenager I played a 3AL - guess I’ve just got a big mouth!��)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •