Plastic Flugelhorn Top

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The Gen 2 line has our patented Wedge rim and an oval cup. Sizes are described in decimals from .63 inches to .68 inches in diameter. Fluhelhorn mouthpieces with diameters smaller than .63 and larger than .68 are available as custom mouthpieces. Email for more info.

Material - These mouthpieces can be made in either Delrin or Acrylic plastic. Here is a comparison of their characteristics:

  • Delrin:

Feels softer on the chops because it has more give than metal. This is a great advantage for players with braces.
Not as slippery as silver, giving more grip.
Added grip makes Delrin mouthpieces feel smaller than their metal counterparts with the same size designation.
Not as smooth as metal, so some players may feel slight chop irritation for the first day or two while they adjust.
More comfortable to play in cold weather because they feel warm on the chops.
Plastic mouthpieces are more responsive than brass, making soft entries more secure.
Articulation less crisp with less point at the front of the note compared to brass.
Darker sound than brass.
Less core in the sound compared to brass.
Sounds darker than brass mouthpiece when used with brass or stainless steel backbore.

  • Acrylic:

Feels softer than brass but less soft and Delrin on the chops.
Less slippery than metal but more slippery than Delrin.
Grip intermediate between Delrin and silver.
Feel slightly smaller than the metal counterparts.
Smoother than Delrin, very similar to silver.
Comfortable to play in cold weather.
Responsive to soft articulation.
Articulation is clearer than Delrin, very similar to metal.
Sound is slightly darker than brass and brighter than Delrin.
More core in the sound than Delrin, but not as much core as metal.

Cup Depths

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FLS Cup

  • V shaped cup that is shallower than our regular cup, and similar in depth to a Yamaha Bobby Shew or ACB flugel cup
  • Provides easier upper register and a more focused sound
  • Still has characteristic flugel sound

FLC Cup

  • Excellent combination of a dark tone and access to the upper register
  • Best choice for most players. 

FD Cup

  • Dual purpose depth used in deep cornet and deep flugel mouthpieces
  • Deeper option that provides an extra dark sound
  • Trade-off is an upper register that is less supported.

Shanks

Wedge flugelhorn tops must be used with the correct shank. Flugelhorns have receivers that accept different shanks, depending on the manufacturer. Check with the manufacturer of your flugelhorn if you uncertain about what shank it takes. Below are some guidelines:

Couesnon (No Taper): French Besson, Couesnon, Flip Oakes, Kanstul, Miraphone

Bach (Small Morse Taper): B & S, Bach, R, S, Berkeley, Besson, Courtois, Eclipse, F. E. Olds, Holton, LeBlanc, James , Trevor, Kanstul, Miraphone , Phaeton, Reynolds, Schilke, Selmer, Shiller, Taylor, Van Laar

Standard (Large Morse Taper): Adams, Benge, Blessing, Callet, Conn, Eclipse, Gerd Dowids, Getzen, Josef Lidl, Kanstul, King, Lawler, Miraphone , Orlando Wind Instruments, Stomvi, Thomas Inderbinen , Weril, Yamaha

Wedge Generation 2 Line - The Generation 2 flugelhorn mouthpieces are designed to incorporate the advantages of the Wedge rim and oval cup in a mouthpiece that is very comfortable and easy to adapt to from a conventional rim. The rim is slightly wider than our original Standard Brand rims. This mouthpiece has our new Double Oval Cup (DOC). The diameter of the rim and cup in the vertical dimension is 10/1000 of an inch larger than it is from side to side. This means that the oval shape of the Wedge rim is continued down to the base of the cup where it joins the throat. The DOC design, found only in Wedge mouthpieces, provides the added efficiency of a smaller mouthpiece with the big sound, clear attacks, and flexibility of the larger mouthpiece.

Acclimatization - Acclimatization time varies, but most players find they have fully adjusted to the new rim shape within a few days. Most players are able to alternate between a Wedge rim and conventional rim, although the vast majority of players will convert all of their mouthpieces to the Wedge design because of its obvious advantages once they have adapted. We do offer discounts to players who need to purchase a number of Wedge mouthpieces for various instruments.

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