Archive for March, 2010

Following on from my thoughts and discussion about selecting the right size mouthpiece and how to go about it – we are about to make things a little more exciting for you all with the addition of Wedge Mouthpieces to the NZ/AUS region.

I’m just in the final processes of putting together a kit of various size tops, backbores and shanks that will suit a wide variety of players.

If you’re not sure what I am taking about you really need to go to this website and check out one of the most exciting developments in brass playing:

www.wedgemouthpiece.com

http://www.wedgemouthpiece.com/about-the-wedge/index.html

Last October I brought you some information on my visit to Wedge mouthpieces the first time round. Now that I am based in Vancouver it’s time to get the ball rolling and for people back home to have the opportunity to try (and ultimately buy if you like) the Wedge mouthpieces.

Dr Dave is making a top notch, innovative product here in Vancouver – and he has the back up service to match.

As a starting line up players will have the opportunity to try the following tops and Backbore combinations (Subject to finalization):

Trumpet

  1. B1.5CC-27  – based on Bach 1-1/2C with cushion rim, 27 throat.
  2. YSJC-27 – based on Yamaha Shew Jazz, cushion rim, 27 throat
  3. MB4LS-25  based on Monette B4SL – or perhaps a MB6LS-25
  4. YBSLC-27 based on Bobby Shew lead, cushion rim, 27 throat

Flugel/Cornet

  1. W4C – based on Wick 4
  2. YBSFC- based on Bobby Shew Flugel

Backbore Combinations

  1. 25ML (heavy) backbore
  2. 27R-ML (regular weight) backbore
  3. 27R-M (regular weight) backbore
  4. 27R-S backbore
  5. WFT (trumpet)- allows flugel piece to be used in a trumpet for flugel effect
  6. WSh (cornet) – allows flugel piece to be used in a cornet for a deep, rich cornet sound
  7. WFL (Flugel) x 3 (Yamaha, Bach & French Taper)

If you have ever thought about trying these mouthpieces and you are in NZ or Australia now would be a good time to get in touch with us as these are bound to prove popular with a lot of players.

As the kits have yet to be produced I’m interested in hearing from anyone whom has any specific size/top requests – we can perhaps include your size in with the initial order.

More to come on this as I finalize the 1st order this week.

Stay tuned for more firsts from your friends at Trumpetgear!

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It’s amazing how much trouble a little piece of metal can cause if it’s just a fraction out.

I was reminded again the other day about the importance of checking equipment when you have an issue brewing.

For some reason I couldn’t get the D in the staff to lock – or the G on top of the staff. After practising endless hours against a tuner I was baffled.

Leave it to Dr Dave (Wedge Mouthpieces) to troubleshoot that sucker and sort it out in the space of about an hour.

What it came down to was the mouthpiece to receiver gap. Luckily for me he’s just finished developing his new C trumpet backbores that are a little thinner and just a fraction shorter than the regular Bb ones.

After a few minute – problem solved and I walked away happy yet again with a well matched horn to mouthpiece combination.

The point I am trying to make is – sometimes it really is the equipment holding you back (95% of the time it’s the player – at least in my case).

So if in doubt – check it out!

The team here at trumpetgear know that it can be a tough process finding a good match – so we try and make it just a little bit easier by offering you the opportunity to test and trial up to 3 mouthpieces at a time.

We also now offer what would have to be one of the largest collections of used and second hand mouthpieces to choose from. As a mouthpiece sells we try and add another back in it’s place – so we can always have a new combination for players to test and try.

I recommend making small changes to your setup – and nothing too radical.

The important thing is to try and work out what it is you want from your new mouthpiece. Is it darker/brighter tone? endurance? comfort? or one of many other reasons?

Personally I used the same 2 mouthpieces for about 10 years and was never comfortable with the wide diameter and busting my chops on it every night – in the last 2 years I must have tried at least 60 pieces to nail it down to just 2-3 to cover a variety of playing situations.

The key to to test an experiment in small steps.

If you can record your playing during a test and listen back on it – if not make sure that you at least take notes each time you test a new piece and write down what you like/dislike. Don’t forget to also have someone else listen to your playing once you get a piece that you like – you may find that ‘out front’ there is something going on you didn’t know about.

So don’t be shy about contacting us to arrange a trial.

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