Change from Wedge to ACB
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I have used a Wedge MD65 (.650" measured vertically ) for the past 2 years and though it has been good to me in many ways ( comfort and increased endurance ) the setting on my chops is often a problem. A slight deviation of placement within the oval shape of the Wedge affects my overall playing ability. My OLDchops are just too unforgiving.
But I loved the Wedge and lived with the problem until a recent pinched nerve problem with my left shoulder and arm brought the situation to a head.
The pinched nerve did some damage causing me to lose some mobility of the left arm. I usually play with the elbows pointed away from the body, but in order to hold the horn, I had to rest the left elbow just above the hip, and even then the horn would move a little on the chops affecting my tone, breathings and what not.
I discussed this with Josh, the mp guy, at Austin Custom Brass and he suggested I try the ACB3CS. It matched the .650" ID of the Wedge and said I should find the comfort of the ACB to be as good as the Wedge.
Well, I've been using the ACB3CS for a few days now and couldn't be happier. The struggle to get back in shape after that pinched nerve injury has taken a turn for the better thanks to the change in mouthpieces.
I never thought that I'd find another mp as good or even possibly better than the Wedge, but I really think I have. It's early, I know, but good things are happening, so we will see.
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