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 Rico designed a new Mouthpiece @442
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2013-11-18 21:38

(Edited after Richie posted explaining)

There's a new Mouthpiece that Rico designed with similar to the Reserve, but for our European players/442 pitch.

The baffle (scoop) is different, and the facing is 1.11

Richie Hawley was one of the US testers.

Post Edited (2013-11-19 03:14)

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 Re: Rico designed a new Mouthpiece with Richey Hawley
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2013-11-18 21:53

Baffle scoop is different in what way? How long is the facing curve?

Hawley isn't a European player. I wonder why he would be involved in a mouthpiece for a European market. Or did you mean it's designed for European players playing in the U.S. who can't find comfortable mouthpieces?


Post Edited (2013-11-18 21:55)

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 Re: Rico designed a new Mouthpiece with Richey Hawley
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2013-11-18 22:49

Not sure who else was involved with it.

Didn't try it, just saw it at Navy Day.

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 Re: Rico designed a new Mouthpiece with Richey Hawley
Author: Richie Hawley 
Date:   2013-11-19 01:25

Hi Everyone,
Just to clarify: D'Addario designed this mouthpiece, with the help of Lee Livengood and a range of European players and I was merely a part of the team here in the states that helped to work out some of the technical details. It is a mouthpiece that will cater to European players, but also to North American players who are playing comfortably at 442. It is excellent and we are currently working on a North American version that will be lower pitched. And yes: new curves everywhere-- D'Addario has a homerun with this one.


Post Edited (2013-11-19 01:26)

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 Re: Rico designed a new Mouthpiece with Richey Hawley
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2013-11-19 03:13

Thanks Richie!

I edited my original posting :)

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 Re: Rico designed a new Mouthpiece @442
Author: donald 
Date:   2013-11-19 09:15

Hi, when I was at the Australian Clarinet/Sax conference in July of this year I was lucky enough to be part of a "sit down" with Frank Celata, David Thomas and Andrew Marriner where they tried out each other's mouthpieces/clarinets etc. Andrew Marriner had a number of prototype mouthpieces from Rico/Lee Livengood- various facings etc that were more open than the others in their range, and with less resistance built in to the blank (ie, more "free blowing", or less "hold" depending on your point of view).
I quite liked one of these, but don't know if it was selected as the "model". Those of you who find the Rico Reserve mouthpiece to be too resistant might like to try these- though I found all the prototypes I played had more "back pressure" than popular mouthpieces like M30/B40 (B40 is very popular in Europe, and not just at student level), and the Backun Range (which I find very easy to play, but a little "gutless").

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