I view the mouthpiece as the instrument and the horn as the amplifier. Before testing a Wedge mouthpiece I had played (of course) with more than a dozen different brands of mouthpieces. I used each of them for long period of time (6 months to 2 years months at least), and I tested each carefully. All these mouthpieces were good, each with their own characteristics.
Wedge mouthpieces have a quality that I never found in the others product I have tested. They lead you to improve your playing, because they set your embouchure in a proper way, and "force" you to maintain it.
So from the first tone you blow in the day, to me seems that in 10 minutes you are at the 90% of your general playing ability. Your "Top Shape" become your "Standard Shape".
So you can practice from this point on, improving all the aspect of your playing. If you have to play a concert or a gig, you are in a very good shape, almost every time.
Of course, Wedge mouthpiece do not make miracles happen. If you miss double-high register, do not think to put one of these mouthpieces, blow, and finally play like Maynard Ferguson after few minutes.
At the time that I first tried the Wedge I was already really satisfied with my set-up. After the first tone I blew on it, I understood that this one was something really extraordinary. It was like my embouchure told to me "I feel at home, finally." From that point on, I have played exclusively with the Wedge. I can use any brand horn, but only Wedge mouthpieces. More than any other brand I love the big-clear-steady tone, the immediate response of the articulation, the deep projection, the endurance, that you can reach with a Wedge mouthpiece.
Dave Harrison comes from the FUTURE...!!
Giancarlo Giannini's Biography
Giancarlo had his first “serious” professional job in 1981 at age 18, playing in the orchestra conducted by Pino Calvi in the TV show “Ric e Gian piu'”, at the broadcasting company “Antenna 3 Lombardia” of Legnano.
From 1982 to 1990 he played as bass trombone in various Symphonic Orchestras and Theatres, including the RAI Symphonic Orchestra of Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica “A. Toscanini” Parma, Orchestra del “Maggio Musicale” Firenze, ORT Orchestra della Toscana, and Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. He has played for conductors Lovro Von Matacic, Vladimir Delman, Gary Bertini, Riccardo Chailly, Angelo Campori, among others.
In 1989, at “Umbria Jazz Berklee Clinics” on Perugia, Giancarlo won a Scholarship for the Berklee College of Music. In 1990 and 1991 he went to Boston to studying with Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, and Herb Pomeroy.
In 1992 Giancarlo launched his Jazz soloist career. He played in Italian and International Jazz Festivals, including the Lugano Jazz “Estival” 1992 (CH), Termoli Jazz Podium 2001 (IT), Abu Dabi Jazz Festival 2003 (UAE), Bologna Jazz Festival 2008 (IT), and Parma Jazz Festival 2010 (IT).
Giancarlo has played and recorded with many Italian Jazz Ensembles featuring International soloists, such as “Keptorchestra” featuring Joe Lovano and Steve Lacy ( released CD : “Miss Etna” ; “Sweet Sixteen” ,Caligola Records label), OPS orchestra of Bologna guest George Russel, DADA’ Orchestra of Modena featuring Slide Hampton and Jimmy Woode, Franco D’ Andrea “Eleven” with guest trumpet player Steven Berstein (released CD :”Combinazione 1″ ,Via Veneto Jazz label), and the Termoli Podium Jazz Ensemble featuring David Liebman.
Giancarlo performed with Italian saxophonist Carlo Atti from 2003 to 2005, and still he plays with him occasionally. Fom 2000 to 2006 he was a member of “Eleven”, a jazz collective leaded by Franco d’ Andrea. From 2005 to 2007 Giancarlo taught Jazz Ensemble Class at the “G.B. Martini” Conservatory of Bologna.
Currently, Giancarlo lead his own quartet, and perfroms as sideman with many local Italian jazz ensembles.
Learn more about Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo plays a King Duo Gravis bass trombone, built around 1975.
His mouthpieces include a silver plated Wedge 1G and Delrin Wedge 1G with a brass Tone Modifier.
Giancarlo’s new signature mouthpiece is the Giannini 1G-S59, incorporating the rim diameter of the Wedge 1G with a cup depth similar to a Schilke 59. His favourite setup is a custom Delrin screw rim on a silver plated brass underpart.
“In a mellow tone” (Carlo Atti Jazz 5et ; performed on 1G brass silver plated)
“Out of nowhere” ( G. Giannini Jazz 4et ; performed on Giannini 1G/S59 Delrin)