Plays better than a 5C, much more comfortable rim, slightly shallower than a 5C but not as shallow as a D cup. The 26 drill really opens this piece up. Somewhat reminds me of the old Severinsen Jettones but with better rim and more open cup. You can bring down a wall with the core this thing puts out. I also have To mention how great ACB is. The piece was shipped as soon as I ordered it.
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I've been playing exclusively on ACB mouthpieces for several years now, starting out on an ACB 3C before moving to Trent's 3CS model. I've been a bit curious about his Fabrication line since they first came out and happened to find a Fab 5 in like new condition for really cheap so I decided to give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did. Immediately I felt like my sound just had more life to it and more efficient, something about the custom throat/backbore that Trent designed on this piece is perfect for the way I play. Also, the custom blank is just heavy enough to give you a warm and broad sound but light enough to remain responsive and ringing in all registers. Don't worry that the mouthpiece is called a "5," the diameter is stated as .650 which is the same as the ACB 3CS. Without question, the Fabrication 5 is one of the best values on the entire market, under $70? I've recommended this to several students coming off a Bach 7C or 5C and they all love it. 5 enthusiastic stars!!!!!!!!!
From www.trumpetherald.com "My ACB 5 arrived yesterday, and I had an opportunity to play it at my Concert Band rehearsal tonight. I haven't been able to put much time into playing lately due to family "stuff," so my chops are a bit out of shape. In my opinion, Trent has a real winner in this mouthpiece! The rim is very comfortable, and the undercut of the cup allowed my lips to buzz even when I got tired. The cup is slightly deeper than my Curry 7M, but it didn't affect my (limited) range. I find that the ACB 5 seems to provide a very small bit more resistance than the Curry 7 pieces, which seems to work well for me. Trent...do I detect a bit of "V" at the bottom of the cup? I was able to produce a beautiful singing tone when playing a solo of "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face," but was also able to brighten up the sound when needed. The ACB 5 is far better for me than either the Bach 7C or Bach 5C. I'm going to continue playing this piece to get a better feel for it as my chops get back in shape. Trent...Thank you! Great mouthpiece! Any plans on a slightly shallower ACB 5 model for those times when brighter is better?" user GregPlo Thanks Greg for the great review!