The Wedge, for all it's unconventional rim characteristics, felt exceptionally comfortable right from the get-go, and I have been playing my Wedge Signature Line for trumpet, flugelhorn, and trombone exclusively ever since! It seems to have a 'grip' that I have not found in other mouthpieces, and along with that it provides an added degree of flexibility and 'range security'. If I had to describe it in layman's terms, I would liken it to the way a 'court' or 'cross-trainer' athletic shoe feels in comparison to a cumbersome, thick bottomed runner.... more adept and responsive, and quick on the turns. It feels good and I love the sound... full at the bottom and crisp at the top. There's always something new under the sun!
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
- Performer, Recording Artist, and Producer
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach's Biography
The Gabriel Signature Line
The Gabriel line of mouthpiece tops was designed for our original endorsing artist, Vancouver performer and producer Gabriel Hasselbach. Gabriel plays exclusively Wedge mouthpieces on trumpet and flugelhorn. He has over a dozen albums, recorded on Wedge equipment since 2008. All six (and counting) Billboard Top 20 singles have been a product of Wedge performance enhancing technology.
Harrison mouthpieces worked with Gabriel to design a special mouthpiece to his own specifications. Although he has used silver plate, gold plate, and stainless steel to great effect, Gabriel prefers the Delrin material for his ‘pieces because of the always comfortable temperature on the lips, and the grip’.The Gabriel line has the following features.
• Based on 10.5 cushion rim with increased OD for added comfort.
• Extra wide shoulders on lateral rim.
• Reduced (0.015″) lateral dip for more even distribution of pressure around the circumference of the rim.
Three models – Gabriel Jazz, Gabriel Lead, Gabriel Flugel.
This is a general purpose mouthpiece with a medium cup. It has a full lower register and works well for all round solo and ensemble playing.
This is a great choice for pop or lead playing where ease of upper register is a priority, but where a full mid to low register remains important. It has a slightly lower alpha angle and more bowl shaped bottom with a sharper shoulder into the throat. It produces a big, cutting sound, without becoming screechy or nasally. This is a sure fire lead piece, but works well as the go-to mouthpiece for soloing when the chops are overly warmed up or tired.
The Gabriel Fugel has the Gabriel rim and a relatively deep FLX flugelhorn cup for a rich and warm sound.
The Gabriel is an ideal rim for a player who likes the Wedge design, but who is sensitive to the pressure produced by the contoured rim on the upper lip. The design retains the Wedge playing characteristics with the advantage of an extremely comfortable cushion rim. Intonation is great, with a good balance between edge and fluffiness in the sound. Gabriel rims are available by special order in all diameters.
Learn more about Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
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Videos that demonstrate the Wedge- All styles: https://youtu.be/Z1EJ5UPhfAM
Sample of his Classic Jazz material: http://youtu.be/EOLVlD2qQaU