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 RE: selmer signet soloist
Author: mozart 
Date:   2006-08-16 20:29

I have to agree with Mr. Shaw. I think you should invest in a great mouthpiece, ligature, barrel and reed set up. I play professional as well as teach and i always tell my students that if they can't afford it all, then start with the set up first being the mouthpiece, ligature, barrel and reed.

When selecting a mouthpiece make sure that it is free blowing, articulates cleanly with little effort, has good intonation, and plays dynamics well at all levels. You will also want to try different reeds to see which reed brand plays best with your mouthpiece. Your ligature is going to make huge difference too. Personally I play with a inverted Bonade ligature. However, I also like the Optimum Vandoren Ligature. I do not like the Rovner ligatures because it deadens the sound.

If you want a standard good mouthpiece that blows freely, allows for crisp articulation and stable dynamic contrast as well as having a stable altissimo register try the Vandoren 5RV Lyre clarinet mouthpiece. This mouthpiece plays nicely with the Vandoren V12 reed. And costs about $70.

I personally have a Gigliotti P facing mouthpiece however, i have not found another one in the Gigliotti family of mouthpieces that I have personally liked. I also use the John Thomas barrel. They cost around $50 and are very good. You can purchase one from him at

All this to say, that I agree 100% with Mr. Shaw. I can play on a plastic horn and get a good sound because I have a good set up and a great embrouchre.

As far as the Selmer Signet Soloist clarinet, I played on on throughout Jr. High and High School. What I remember of it was that it had a nice warm sound and was free blowing. I now have a Buffet R-13 which I really like. One of my students plays on a Leblanc Opus II and i really like hers also.

If you are going to go all out for a horn, I would skip the intermediate ones and go straight to the pros. However, if money is an issue, start with the top and work your way to the bottom.



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