We set our prices as low as we can in order to provide the best possible value and to remain viable as a business. We honestly believe that for most players the the significant improvement in comfort and performance provided by the Wedge mouthpiece is more than worth the price. To get a similar increase in performance by upgrading your instrument you would have to pay many times the cost of a Wedge mouthpiece, if it were possible at all.
We do recognise that spending extra on a new mouthpiece design is a big investment and a leap of faith. That is why we want you to send the mouthpiece back for a full refund if it is not worth every penny of your investment. You will only need a few days to figure out if the Wedge is for you, but we give you almost three months. How many other mouthpiece manufacturers stand behind their product with that kind of service and guarantee?
“Price is really about value. Will you get $300 worth out of the purchase? Yes? No? Will you get $7000 worth out of the purchase? Yes? No? $70?
If the answer is yes it doesn’t matter how expensive the piece of equipment is, it is simply worth the value. And contrary, no matter how inexpensive it is, if the answer is no, don’t buy it!
A great repairman once asked me if I felt $120 worth of difference in one of his tuning slides. I was ready to buy it until he asked that question, and the honest answer was no, I didn’t feel $120 worth of difference.
Wedge mouthpieces changed my playing life for the better, and I’m so glad I found them!!!
“I remain certain that the cost of my wedge tuba mouthpiece has been amply worthwhile. Though I had been a committed player of the Mirafone C-4/TU23 for forty-two years previously, I tried the Wedge in September 2015 and have used it exclusively since.
It performs as claimed and reduces fatigue as intended. It is NOT magic. It is not a substitute for diligent practice. It is however an excellent value.
“Dear Dr. Dave,
About six weeks ago I called to discuss my horn mouthpiece needs with you. You suggested that I try an Eric Reed signature model. It is a revelation.
I am an intermediate amateur player who needs all the help I can get, especially in the high range. The Eric Reed adds significant range on top, with no downside whatsoever. The sound is excellent, the low range is as good as my other mouthpieces, slurs and tonguing are fine as well. As you say on your website, there is no “honeymoon” period after which one’s playing reverts to the previous level. At first I was concerned about the high price of the mouthpiece compared to the other mouthpieces that I’ve purchased, but given the improvement in my playing, I consider it a bargain.
Thank you very much,