Well, I'm in! I decided to add my name to the endorsements for these fine mouthpieces. I like unconventional mouthpieces. I wanted to have something on my list that I could comfortably recommend to folks that more people would have success with and hit a comfort zone sooner. These mouthpieces fit that bill perfectly.
You will NEVER find a more comfortable rim that is this flexible. Most traditional "comfortable" rims tend to restrict the ability to move your lips as needed. NOT the Wedge! Some traditional "comfortable" rims are a bit slippery not allowing you to get a grip. NOT the Wedge! The Wedge rims achieve what I feel is the best combination of comfort and grip. They also can produce a great range of timbres on one mouthpiece.
Here is a side benefit to the Wedge. Dave told me this could happen, and it does. When I go back to the mouthpiece I've been using for sometime, I have NO difficulty making the switch. In other words. using the Wedge WON'T mess your embouchure up at all! It may, in fact, IMPROVE your set!
I can't recommend these highly enough. You really owe it to yourself to try these. You will be stunned at how well they play right off the bat!
Nick Drozdoff's Biography
Chicago area trumpeter and Maynard Ferguson Orchestra alum has just released a new CD of original music and some standards with some of the finest musicians in Chicago. This CD boasts a wide variety of styles ranging from New Orleans funk (As Gnome Ran) to straight ahead be-bop (Blues Waltz) to 70’s retro (Punk’s Funk) to old torch songs (A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and What Is This Thing Called Love).
Drozdoff has been a fixture in Chicago’s jobbing arena for many years since he left Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1981. After many years running his own contracting business and completing his masters in classical trumpet, he began leading a double life in 1991 when he took on a “day gig” as a high school physics teacher. Drozdoff has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, allowing him to easily slip into a high school physics class. Drozdoff currently teaches physics and APB physics at Winnetka’s New Trier High School. He has been leading a double career existence, garnering awards as a high school science teacher and developing endorsement deals as a jazz trumpeter at night.
Nick Drozdoff Signature Line
Nick has his own line of Signature Mouthpiece Tops
The Jazz has the same rim as the Lead but is about the same depth as a Wedge 5DC, Bach 3D, Monette B4L or Schilke 14A4a. It also has a #25 throat and is available in brass or Stainless Steel.
The Drozdoff Classic (labelled Drozdoff C for short) has a size 3 rim from top to bottom and a size 7 rim from side to side (3-7 DOC). It is the same depth as Wedge 3CCm. It is deeper than a Bach 3C, Monette B4, or Schilke 14C4. It is available with a #25 or #27 throat in brass or Stainless Steel.
Nick’s cornet mouthpiece has the same rim as the Jazz and Lead mouthpieces. The cup is similar in depth and contour to a Wick 4B and has a #25 throat.
The Drozdoff flugel mouthpiece has the same rim as his 3-7 DOC Classic mouthpiece with a deep DOC FLX cup.