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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000285.txt from 2001/07

From: "Gregory Smith" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Mouthpiece recommendations - worth?
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 13:15:54 -0400

RG wrote in reference to the Gregory Smith style of mouthpieces:

"......some people prefer a closed mouthpiece with a hollow table ....." =

My line of mouthpieces fall into a broader category than one may =
conclude from this description.
There are two styles about which information may be referenced at my =

In general, the Old Chedeville style has, amongst many other *equally* =
important variables reflective of this style, a relatively close tip =
opening (but in general not as close as the Hawkins). The style of =
concavity in the table gives the mouthpiece a more "medium" feel to the =
tip opening than the tip opening number may imply.=20

In general, the Old Kaspar style has, amongst many other *equally* =
important variables reflective of this style, a medium tip opening =
equivalent to the original Kaspar 11 (perhaps his most successful =
symphonic facing) and a flat table.

Therefore I would refer to both mouthpieces, in comparison to the =
plethora of mouthpieces available, as medium facing mouthpieces that =
work most successfully with a medium strength reed such as the V12 3.5 =
or 4.

The two differing styles are designed according to my philosophy of =
appealing to a broad range of clarinetists, many of whom come from quite =
differing styles and backgrounds to begin with.

All the best,

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith =20
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Mouthpiece Handcraftsman
2737 Hurd Avenue
Evanston, Illinois. 60201-1209 USA
1.847.866.9551 (fax)
Email: (NEW)

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