Are ​Wedge Mouthpieces Overpriced?

2019 May 24th

Someone just posted that Wedge mouthpieces cost more than some other mouthpieces, which is a valid observation. Actually, he said our mouthpieces were outrageously overpriced. I responded, and thought it was an important enough issue to address here.

Our prices are determined by several factors. The Wedge mouthpiece is much more complicated to make than a conventional mouthpiece. It requires a complex milling process that takes about three times longer than simply turning a mouthpiece on a CNC lathe. The complex curves then take longer to polish and prepare for plating than a regular mouthpiece.

We are a small shop, not some huge factory in a far off location. We have only three people working in the shop and one in the office. I pay members of our team a living wage to produce what we believe to be the best mouthpiece available. This process takes considerable time and care. We do not mass produce mouthpieces. We can only turn out about 10 to 15 a day.

Finally, let's talk about value. The Wedge is not for everyone. Some people will choose not to invest in a Wedge mouthpiece, which is fine. However, the incremental increase in cost of a Wedge mouthpiece compared to a conventional mouthpiece, or compared to the cost of upgrading a horn, can provide tremendous value. We regularly hear from customers who report that the Wedge provides an increase in range of 2 to 3 notes and an increase in endurance of 25 to 50%, with improved sound. If you don't get the results you want from a Wedge mouthpiece we will refund your money within 90 days.

What value would you place on that?