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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000747.txt from 2003/10

From: "John Hansken" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Mouthpiece Suggestions for Alto and Bass
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 01:07:46 -0500

Thank You all for your information. I'm currently in the Seattle area, I
know of a few shops close by but I do most of my mouth piece testing through
the Woodwind & Brasswind. When I get a break from classes I'll actually be
able to put forth some time to testing out mouthpieces. I wanted to get a
head start, and an area of focus, which you all have helped me out with.
Thanks! :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "CBA" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Mouthpiece Suggestions for Alto and Bass

> As a non-Bass/Alto player, I don't know much about Bass and Alto
> clarinet mouthpieces, except they are way too big for my mouth
> (with as "big" as my mouth is when I get in a heated
> conversation, the irony is with it.) I do know from
> my experience with different soprano instruments (Bb/A/C/Eb)
> that Clark Fobes has a great (and well deserved) reputation for
> making mouthpieces that speak well and project, two things very
> important on the lower clarinets. He makes a bass mouthpiece
> that has gotten rave reviews on this list. He has mouthpieces in
> a variety of price range. Hand finished mouthpieces really make
> a difference, IMHO. Definitely worth a try.
> Clark's website is
> Another klarinetlist guy who makes mouthpieces is Walter
> Grabner. He also is a clarinetist/bass clarinetist with a great
> deal of expertise in both playing and making mouthpieces. I have
> (once again) heard great things about the playability of his
> mouthpieces, soprano and bass alike. His mouthpieces are very
> reasonable. Also hand finished.
> Walter's website is:
> Roger Garrett, yet another "lister" who has been quiet in recent
> months makes mouthpieces people rave about. He also is the only
> maker I could find with a reputation I have heard about that
> makes an Alto clarinet mouthpiece. Not to sound like a broken
> record, very reasonable prices. Once again, hand finished.
> His website is:
> Lastly, a very good mainstay is the Vandoren line of
> mouthpieces. These mouthpieces are fairly inexpensive, and are
> as consistent as any machine made mouthpieces around. They have
> all sizes to choose from. These are NOT hand finished, and you
> may have to try 10 or more to get the one you want, but if you
> are in a store, you will probably have more access to these than
> any other ones.
> Whereabouts are you? There might be a shop nearby where you
> could try out many mouthpieces in the store. Just make sure you
> use a non-metal ligature and put tape on the top to not scratch
> the sides or the beak, otherwise you have bought a mouthpiece,
> unintentionally.
> Need more help? Drop me a line directly, and I will see if I can
> direct you to a place nearby to try out multiple mouthpieces in
> one setting.
> Kelly Abraham
> Clarinet and Saxophone - New York City
> --- John Hansken <> wrote:
> > Hello all
> >
> > I'm looking for suggestions on what mouthpiece to look into
> > for an Alto
> > clarinet and a Bass clarinet. My current set up on my Bb and
> > A Clarinets
> > are a Blaymen (E) with a Mitchell Lurie Premium (5 str) Reed.
> > What I'm
> > interested in is getting a set-up for the Alto and Bass that
> > is as close my
> > current set-up as possible. I'm new to these instruments so
> > I'm not even
> > sure that this is possible, but any suggestion or information
> > would be
> > appreciated and looked into.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > John Hansken
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