Wedge Trumpet Mouthpieces
Better Range, Endurance, Comfort, Flexibility, Response, and Sound
We Offer Three Lines Of Wedge Trumpet Mouthpieces
The Original Wedge Line
Mouthpieces in the Original Wedge Line feel most like a regular mouthpiece.
Original Wedge mouthpiece tops are preferred by some players and are still offered in some sizes. However, most players will get superior performance from the Standard Brand or Gen 2 lines.
The Standard Brand Line
The Standard Brand Line is based on familiar sizes from other manufacturers such as Bach, Monette, Jet Tone, and Parduba.
One and two piece options are available. This line is being phased out and replaced by the Gen 2 line.
The Wedge Gen 2
Wedge Gen 2 trumpet rims are available in diameters from .60 to .69 inches, measured at .04 inches into the cup.
One and two piece options are available.
The Gen 2 line was originally developed to fill gaps in the Standard Brand line, and is rapidly becoming our most popular line.
Trumpet Mouthpiece Options
One and Two Piece Options
Wedge trumpet mouthpieces are available as one-piece mouthpieces or as separate tops that can be used with Wedge, Kanstul, ACB, Warburton, Pickett Brass, or similar backbores. One piece mouthpieces are an excellent choice for most players. The modular system allows the use of different combinations of backbore sizes, weights, and lengths in order to fine tune your mouthpiece.
Choice of Materials
One piece mouthpieces are available in brass or plastic. Plastic options include black Delrin or clear Acrylic, and coloured Acrylic in some models.
Trumpet tops are available in brass, Delrin, and Acrylic. We also offer stainless steel tops by special order.
Comparing rim diameters between manufacturers is tricky. Manufacturers measure rim diameters at different points, which means you cannot directly compare measurements between manufacturers. Manufacturers who measure at a point closer to the crest of the rim report larger numbers than those who measure at a point deeper into the cup. As a result sizes can vary by as much as .01 inches for mouthpieces from different manufacturers with exactly the same size rim.
You should also remember that how a rim feels and performs is influenced my many factors other than the ID. Mouthpieces feel larger when they have a softer bite, a high point shifted away from the inside of the rim, and a wider rim from ID to OD. A very useful resource for comparing rim size and contour as well as cup depth is the Kanstul Mouthpiece Comparator. See table below for Wedge comparisons.
We measure mouthpieces from 12:00 to 6:00 (the long axis of the Wedge oval rim) at a point .04 inches below the crest of the rim. This is the most common place to measure, also used by Warburton and other makers. Below are some general guidelines that apply to most players with respect to rim ID of Wedge mouthpieces.
70 rim – .700 inches – Larger than practical for the vast majority of players. Comparable to a Schilke 24.
69 rim – .690 inches – Extra large ID, also larger than most players need. Works well with deep cups, but endurance is a challenge.
68 rim – .680 inches – Larger rim in the Bach 1 size range. Suitable for strong orchestral players using a deep or medium deep cup. Most players using a conventional rim of .680 or larger can easily adapt to a smaller 67 rim and gain range and endurance without any significant sacrifice of sound or flexibility.
67 rim – .670 inches – Our most popular size for professional players who need a mouthpiece in the Bach 1-1/2C to 1-1/4C rim size range. Works well with RT, D, MDV, and MD cups. Can be used with M cups. However, players needing an M or shallower cup for a brighter sound or for upper register support are often better served by using a slightly smaller 66 or 65 rim. Most popular mouthpieces in this range are 67MD and 67MDV (comparable to a Bach 1-1/2C).
66 rim – .660 inches – Our most versatile popular size for players who do not need the extra volume provided by the 67 rim. Works well with all cup depths from ES to RT. Being used by professional and amateur orchestral players and soloists with an MDV or MD cup, right through to concert band, pops, pit, and lead players of all levels. The 66 rim is also an excellent choice for piccolo trumpet when a player is using a 67 rim on their big horns. 66MV is a good substitute for a Bach 3C. 66MDV is similar to a Bach 5C.
65 rim – .650 inches – Very similar characteristics and applications to the 66 rim. An excellent choice for those seeking a little more efficiency, and for younger players with a developing embouchure. Especially popular size for piccolo, pit, pops, and lead with a medium or shallow cup. 65ES is a little larger than a Schilke 13A4A. Also works very well as in chamber orchestra or quintet with an MDV or RT cup when endurance is important and a dark sound is desired, but when if does not have to be as loud as in a large symphony orchestra. 65MDV is comparable to a Bach 7C.
64 rim – .640 inches – Smaller diameter more suitable for young players with an MD or MDV cup, or as a piccolo or lead mouthpiece with a shallower cup. 64ES is a little smaller than a Schilke 13A4A.
63 rim – .630 inches – Small diameter most suitable for lead trumpet with a shallow ES or S cup. 63ES is similar to a Schilke 6A4A.
Gen 2 Wedge cups are available as Extra Shallow, Shallow, Medium, Medium Deep, Medium Deep V, RT, and Deep. See table below for descriptions.
- Similar in depth to a Schilke 6A4A or 13A4A cup.
- Provides maximum brilliance, projection, and slotting in extreme upper register playing.
- Most suitable for playing lead.
- Better sounding low register than any comparable extra shallow cup.
- Works best with Gen 2 rim 66 or smaller (.660 inches or less).
- Similar to a Schilke 14A4A cup.
- Excellent projection, slightly less support in upper register than the ES cup.
- Less prone to bottoming out than the ES cup.
- Most popular choice for lead when a solid mid to low register is also desired, marching band.
- Works well to piccolo trumpet when players prefer a brighter sound with more projection.
- Works best with Gen 2 66 or smaller rim (.660 or less).
- Intermediate between S and M cups.
- Good compromise between lead and “pops” mouthpiece.
- Excellent choice for the pit and pops playing with demanding high parts.
- Only offered in Chuck Findley 66MS, except as special order.
- Versatile medium cup for jazz, concert band, pit, and pops, marching when a lead mouthpiece not needed.
- Works well for piccolo trumpet.
- Good balance between upper register support and a balanced sound with solid low register.
- Works best with Gen 2 67 or smaller rim (.67o inches or less).
- Intermediate between M and MD cup.
- Modified V shape at bottom of cup leading into throat.
- Slightly darker sound than M cup.
- Better upper register support and more projection than MD cup.
- Similar in depth to Bach 3C cup.
- Excellent all round bowl shaped cup for concert band, orchestral, chamber, and other playing requiring a dark sound.
- Excellent balance between upper and lower register.
- Good choice for C trumpet when a little extra brilliance is required, or for orchestral players wanting to add some sparkle to their sound.
- Works well on all rim sizes, but most popular with rims 65 (.650) and larger.
- Comparable to many C cups.
- Similar to MD cup with a slightly modified V shape at the bottom of the cup meeting to the throat.
- Slightly darker sound and smoother transitions from note to note.
- Excellent choice for an orchestral mouthpiece when a slightly darker sound is desired or for players with a naturally bright sound.
- Our most popular cup for orchestral players.
- Works well on all rim sizes, but most popular with rims 65 (.650) and larger.
- Deep cup suitable for players who like an extra dark sound.
- Similar to a Bach B cup.
- Popular with players using large cup volume Schilke or similar mouthpieces.
- Huge sound and low register.
- Obvious trade off is less upper register support.
- Well-balanced V shaped cup for Rotary trumpet.
- Very efficient despite the deep V shape the cup.
- Produces a well-balanced, rich sound on Rotary trumpet with ample brilliance at loud dynamics.
- Also works extremely well for orchestral or jazz players looking for a darker sound and very smooth transitions from note to note.
Choosing Your Size
With so many options choosing the right size can seem a bit confusing. We provide everything needed to find the best mouthpiece for you.
Download and review the Wedge Mouthpiece Fitting Brochure. It will give you important advice on how to choose a Wedge mouthpiece based on your particular playing needs.
Use the Fitting Brochure and the Charts below to select your size.
The Bach and Schilke Quick Charts cover the most popular sizes for those brands.
The Trumpet Mouthpiece Comparison Chart in the Online Store has a wider selection of sizes and brands.
Wedge backbores for use with separate tops come in two lengths for Bb and C trumpet. The shorter C trumpet length improves the pitch of many C trumpets. For more details about Wedge backbore options visit our Backbore Page.
Plastic mouthpieces have very specific playing characteristics.
Delrin is very sticky on the chops and always feels warm. It is very dark sounding. It is very easy to play quietly, but the sound lacks core and the start of the note is not well defined. Slotting is less defined than with brass. Delrin is very durable.
Acrylic feels and sounds more like brass. It feels warm and less sticky than Derlin. It sounds brighter than Delrin and darker than brass. It also has less core in the sound and less defined slotting. The biggest disadvantage of Acrylic is that it breaks very easily when dropped.
Adding a tone modifier or metal backbore to a plastic mouthpiece or plastic top greatly improves the sound.
Addition Special Features
Wedge Angled Rim for Overbite and Underbite
Wedge trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn mouthpieces can also be ordered with an optional angled rim for players who’s teeth force them to hold the horn at an undesirable angle. The combination of the angled rim and curved shape of the Wedge design combine to correct the horn angle and provide greatly improved comfort.
It also decreases the TMJ discomfort often associated with trying to thrust the jaw forward to compensate for an overbite.
- Five degree or ten degree tilt, in addition to the patented Wedge rim design.
- Mouthpiece can be rotated in the horn by 180 degrees to compensate for an underbite or overbite.
- Modified cup redirects airflow smoothly into throat.
- Shape of throat remains round, unlike what can happen when bending a backbore.
- Email to discuss your needs for an angled rim.
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“The Wedge is an The Outside-the-Box-Concept that has aided my playing like no other equipment – ever – in 50 years of playing!” –Daniel D’Addio, Soloist and Chamber Musician, Artistic Director and Conductor, The Hartford Independent Chamber, Orchestra Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University