Having tried many Euphonium mouthpieces over many years, I was intrigued when I came across the Wedge mouthpiece range, so I contacted Dave to discuss options which I could test.
Dave couldn’t have been more helpful. I received two mouthpieces within a few days with my request. I must say that I’m quite fussy when it comes to mouthpieces and not much has ever really surprised me when testing. The Wedge mouthpiece changed this…
As a British euphonium player, the demands as a soloist and ensemble player are huge, so having the right mouthpiece is very important. The Wedge is the comfiest mouthpiece I have ever used. The rim design works so well, and really enhances the sound, range and articulation of the Euphonium to a degree which I never thought possible.
I will never turn to another mouthpiece as I’m so happy with the Wedge 104E I now rely on.
Steven Walsh's Biography
Steven Walsh has been principal Euphonium in some of England’s top brass bands, but regards his years with the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band under his mentor Professor David King as his most successful, recording numerous award winning CDs, winning the All England Masters, the British Open and representing England in the European Championships on 3 occasions, winning twice. He also performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the YBS ‘Kings of Europe’ Tour in 2005.
In 2006 Steven completed his Masters in musical performance at Salford University.
In 2007 Steven was awarded the Best Euphonium and overall brass winner of the European solo championships held in Birmingham, beating musicians from all over Europe. In 2009 Steven joined the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on Principal Euphonium and was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ prize at the 2009 British Open Championships. He then went on to win the Yorkshire Area in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded with the ‘Best Instrumentalist’. The highlight of his tenure with the band was winning the National Brass Band Championships in 2010 & 2011. In 2017 Steven won the Geoff Whitham award for the best Euphonium at the British Open brass band championships in Birmingham.
Steven leads master classes throughout Europe and the UK as a Yamaha and Wedge artist. His Signature mouthpiece is a Wedge Walsh 104E, which he personally helped to design. His refinements were then applied to the entire line of Wedge euphonium mouthpieces.
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We are grateful for the assistance of Steven Walsh in the refinement of the Wedge Gen 2 Euphonium mouthpiece line. After receiving two samples of 104E and 103E Steven suggested some adjustments in the cup shape and throat to enhance their performance. The result was a significant improvement over the original design, which was incorporated into all Series E mouthpieces, and the Walsh 104E signature mouthpiece.
The Gen 2 Wedge euphonium line has a second generation Wedge design that incorporates elements from our highly successful Gen 2 high brass rim. They have an accentuated oval rim shape that extends right down to the base of the cup. The This unique oval cup shape amplifies the effect of the Wedge rim, providing greater responsiveness and more core to the sound compared to a conventional round cup of similar depth and volume.