I first tried Wedge mouthpieces at the 2009 Chicago Brass Festival at North Eastern Illinois University and was immediately impressed by the clarity of sound and articulation. I was happy with the equipment I was using at that time, but noticed such an improvement in ease and accuracy that I decided to commit to a longer trial. As I spent more time with the Wedge, I found that the rim continued to feel very comfortable, and that the sound was centered in all registers. Pitch, articulation, and flexibility were fine and I felt that the mouthpiece "lit up the horn", allowing for ease of playing and variations in color of the sound.
We then started working on a mouthpiece for piccolo trumpet. Dave was able to examine the equipment I was using and create a Wedge mouthpiece that built on the strengths of my equipment without sacrificing anything. There is something about the clarity of sound that makes the Wedge easier to play. It seems that the mouthpiece does a better job of centering each note. I did not realize how much adjusting I was doing to achieve a vibrant sound throughout the range of the horn until I tried the Wedge and experienced an immediate difference. This mouthpiece also works well on Eb trumpet.
Dave has been extremely helpful in developing the exact combinations that work for me. His knowledge of the equipment on the market today, as well as his expertise as a designer and experience as a brass player enable him to make suggestions on equipment that yield great results.
As a University Trumpet Professor, I really appreciate the Student Loaner Program. This is a great service to teachers and students, taking the financial risk out of the search for mouthpieces.
- Associate Professor of Trumpet
- University of North Florida
Randy Tinnin's Biography
Dr. Randy Tinnin, trumpet, is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of the Brass Ensemble at the University of North Florida. New York area engagements include appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Queens Philharmonic, Gramercy Brass, American Bach Society, St. Bartholomew’s Chamber Orchestra, and the NYC chapter of the Early Music Foundation. He has recorded with New World Records, Naxos Records, has been featured, with the Signal Brass Quintet, on WQXR-NY radio broadcasts. Dr. Tinnin was the winner of the 2006 North American Brass Band Association Solo Cornet Competition, and has appeared throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, and in England, as a soloist and with Serafini Brillanti, a versatile ensemble performing works for Soprano, Trumpet and Keyboard, from Baroque Masterworks to 21st century premiers. Dr. Tinnin holds degrees from Rutgers University, Juilliard, and the University of North Texas. An advocate for the arts in society, Dr. Tinnin was the Director of the HOPE Schools of the Arts, an arts-based mentoring program serving under-served children in Spanish Harlem and Chinatown in Manhattan, and currently directs the UNF Music Mentors Program. UNF Music Mentors allows music majors from the University of North Florida to offer private and small group music lessons to at risk youth in Duval County, Florida.
Randy Tinnin Signature Piccolo Trumpet Mouthpiece
The Randy Tinnin signature piccolo mouthpiece is the Standard Brand version of a Stork 7P piccolo mouthpiece. It similar to a Wedge 5DC but has slightly deeper cup and softer shoulder leading into the throat. It has a mean ID of .651 inches.