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 Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Clarie (---.dsl.ltrkar.swbell.net - ISP in Little Rock, AR United States)
Date:   2008-07-14 00:46

What is the difference between a Vandoren B45 and a Vandoren 5RV lyre Bflat Clarinet mouthpiece?

Which is better suited for a beginner?

Thanks for your help.

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: DavidBlumberg (---.blackberry.net - ISP in Waterloo, ON Canada)
Date:   2008-07-14 01:37

Neither?

I would go with a beginner mouthpiece like the hite premiere, fobes debut, genussa and progress to a higher level after playing for a year or so.

They will likely be easier to control. Just a thought....

David Blumberg
http://www.MyTempoMusic.com/skypeclarinetlessons.html
D'Addario/Backun/BG Artist
Philadelphia International Festival Clarinet Faculty
(Featuring the Phila. Orch. as it's Faculty)

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Tara (---.ok.ok.cox.net - ISP in Oklahoma City, OK United States)
Date:   2008-07-14 03:23

I teach in a large school district where there are 5 middle schools starting band in the 6th grade. Probably 80% of the kids start on Vandoren 5RVs (because we recommend them) and see great success. Most start on 2 1/2 reeds and I find that "formula" works well.

Just my opinion, but it comes with experience. Good luck!

Tara

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Jack Kissinger (---.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net - ISP in Robins, IA United States)
Date:   2008-07-14 04:00

All other things equal, the 5RV Lyre mouthpiece is designed to be considerably less resistant (easier to blow) than the B45. So, if the choice is strictly between the two, the 5RV Lyre will likely be the better decision for a beginner. However, the 5RV (plain, no lyre) appears to be designed to be a little less resistant than the 5RV Lyre (though they are probably close) and, therefore, is perhaps an even better choice for most beginners. Within the Vandoren line, I think the mouthpiece most often recommended for beginners by members of this Board is the 5RV.

However, as beginner mouthpieces go, it is rather expensive. The mouthpieces David identified are designed specifically for beginners and most are likely to be around half the price of a Vandoren.

Best regards,
jnk



Post Edited (2008-07-14 13:51)

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: stevensfo (---.11-79-r.retail.telecomitalia.it - ISP in Rome, 07 Italy)
Date:   2008-07-14 10:56

-- "What is the difference between a Vandoren B45 and a Vandoren 5RV lyre Bflat Clarinet mouthpiece?" --

You can look at the chart here:

http://www.vandoren.fr/en/clarinetbb.html


I tried both the 5RV (not the lyre) and B45 when I first started and the 5RV was much easier to use. It has a narrower tip opening and a shorter facing, so a little more forgiving of poor embouchures.



Steve

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Ed Palanker (---.proxy.aol.com - ISP in United States)
Date:   2008-07-16 03:05

The Vandoren B45 is a darker sounding mouthpiece and Vandoren 5RV lyre series is a bit brighter. That said, both are good, it depends on the students. I agree, if they are absolute beginners you should probably consider a less expensive mouthpiece but if the student takes well to the clarinet, depending on their age, they should move up to a better mouthpiece in a year or so. ESP www.peabody.jhu.edu/457

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: mrn (---.tx.res.rr.com - ISP in Frisco, TX United States)
Date:   2008-07-16 16:52

When I was in school, the standard mouthpiece the band directors (including the head HS director, who was a clarinet player) wanted everyone to use (from beginner band on up) was the 5RV Lyre. We had a very competitive band program and our clarinet section was especially good, so I have no reason to think that that formula doesn't work.

I, on the hand, played on a Gigliotti P34 pretty much all the way through school. As time went on, I noticed an increasing number of student players in my area (Houston, Texas) using P34s. I will say this, though: I only picked that mouthpiece after my teacher had me go through a whole bag of different mouthpieces to find the best one for me. (and this was after having been playing for a few months--before that I used the Selmer HS* mouthpiece that came with the clarinet).

Ultimately you have to try several different mouthpieces to find what works best for you. However, nobody ever got fired for buying IBM, and nobody will ever give you a dirty look for using/recommending a 5RV Lyre.

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Jack Kissinger (---.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net - ISP in Florissant, MO United States)
Date:   2008-07-16 19:13

Ed,

I (wisely) don't usually find myself disagreeing with you but, in this case, I have to. It's not just a matter of darker/brighter sound. The B45 is a much more resistant mouthpiece than the 5RV (with or without Lyre) or the Fobes, Hite, etc. beginner mouthpieces. There is a decent chance that a beginner may find it incredibly hard to blow, even with a light reed and, with no frame of reference to compare the experience to, may conclude that this is the way things have to be -- and may give up on the clarinet prematurely. Personally I think (and, if previous threads are any indication, I'm not alone) that, while the B45 may be fine for a more experienced player, it is a terrible mouthpiece to inflict on a beginner.

Michael,

FWIW, I don't know the characteristics of the P34's facing length and chamber but, according to the chart in the WW&BW catalog, the P34 actually has a closer tip opening than the 5RV. And I can tell you, from having tried all the Gigliotti facings and having played a #3 for awhile, that it is the least inherently resistant of the Gigliotti line. It wouldn't surprise me, then, to find that, with an appropriately light reed, it might work fine for a beginner -- though, again, it is a little pricey for that role. And someone who started on it (or not) might very well prefer it later in their career, though I suspect they would want a stronger reed, in most cases.

Best regards,
jnk



Post Edited (2008-07-16 19:33)

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Don Berger (---.proxy.aol.com - ISP in United States)
Date:   2008-07-16 19:42

Good wisdom/judgement, Jack, my and our? collective consideration of early-student mps, is to go for a student-type mp, that is, pitch! most inst.-supplied mps [unless refaced and opened], to NOT discourage a new student , its difficult in other ways also. I still prefer other [wider/longer?] facings] to a 5RVL, look on V D's charts if buying what they sell. Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: blazian (---.dllstx.fios.verizon.net - ISP in United States)
Date:   2008-07-16 20:09

My first mouthpiece was a stock Artley mouthpiece. I "graduated" to a 5RVL when I bought my Allegro in 7th grade. I ended up buying a Fobes Nova my freshman year of high school, and that's what I've been using, along with experimenting on random mouthpieces I come across in my junk clarinet purchases. I found the the Vito II mouthpiece isn't too bad.

- Martin

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Brenda Siewert (74.197.23.---)
Date:   2008-07-16 20:46

I think the B45 is harder to play in tune for a beginner than the 5RV. The schools around here recommend the 5RV for all beginners. I agree with David B. about the Hite Premier and the Fobes Debut. I believe they are preferable, but if forced to get one Vandoren, go for the 5RV.

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: dim (---.203.137.118.fast.net.id - ISP in Jakarta, 06 Indonesia)
Date:   2008-07-19 08:02

for beginner is 5RV Lyre

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Tony F (---.lnse7.win.bigpond.net.au - (Telstra Internet) Boronia, 07 Australia)
Date:   2014-07-01 10:04

If it has to be a Vandoren mouthpiece, the 5RV is probably the best beginner choice, but I think the Hite Premier is a better beginner mouthpiece, and for about a third of the price.

Tony F.

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: Claire Annette (---.dhcp.kgpt.tn.charter.com - (Charter Communications) Kingsport, TN United States)
Date:   2014-07-02 07:32

For what it's worth (my opinion, that is ), I think the Fobes Debut is a great mouthpiece to start with.

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: tylerleecutts (---.direcway.com - (Hughes Network Systems) , United States)
Date:   2014-07-06 05:13

I think more consistent and thorough practice habits and a good amount of passion will get you a lot farther than choosing any particular mouthpiece. You are playing a musical instrument, and therefore the primary goal is music.

However, empirical evidence suggests some formulas may make the job a bit easier. Most commercial mouthpieces these days are excellent. I would recommend a Hite Premiere or maybe a 5RV. The more important factor is good reeds, otherwise your mouthpiece will sputter and get sluggish like a engine with bad gas.

. . . Tyler Cutts

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 Re: Clarinet Mouthpiece Question
Author: gwie (---.oc.oc.cox.net - (Cox Communications) Irvine, CA United States)
Date:   2014-07-06 09:44

I start my beginners on the Fobes Debut or the Behn Overture these days. It's just much safer in case they drop it!

Having played dozens of the Debut and three of the Overture now, I find them much more consistent in how they play than the Vandoren mouthpieces I used to purchase for students, and at $35 they are much easier to convince parents to obtain right away.

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