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 Old Mouthpiece and Reeds
Author: maxopf 
Date:   2014-06-23 05:57
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Hello,

A few weeks ago a family friend handed down to me her mothers's pre-R13 Buffet (the serial number indicates it was made sometime between 1945 and 1947), and just now she gave me two old boxes of Vandoren reeds. I have a couple of questions about the mouthpiece that came with the clarinet and about the reeds.

I'm mostly interested in seeing if anyone knows anything about the origins of the mouthpiece, as I can't find much information about it. Unfortunately my particular mouthpiece is with the clarinet in the shop, so I can't provide too much detail about it at the moment, but as soon as I get it back I will post more information and some photos.
The mouthpiece appears to be made of bakelite or some similar material. It has a smaller window than the other mouthpieces I own, it's very slightly shorter in overall length, and it's significantly more resistant to play. The logo on the back has the letters RVS in a circular shape; I looked this brand up and found very little information about it. One person said they found one on an old bass clarinet, but they had no idea about its origins; another says that RVS stands for Robert Van Soligen, but that name turns up no other info; a third person posted a picture of one (mine is less scratched up but the same brand), but no other information was associated with it.
I have yet to try it with a softer reed to see how it sounds; it was much too hard to play with the reeds I use currently.

As for the old reeds, I'm just curious if anyone could identify what years they might be from, as there's no indication of the year on the boxes. There are both Vandoren and Olivieri reeds in the boxes, most of which appear to be used, have the tip smashed, or both (there are one or two that still look playable.) I've attached photos of the boxes and the reeds.

Thanks,
Max

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