Author: kdk ★2017
Date: 2017-10-30 06:00
Bob Bernardo wrote:
> Plenty! The BD5 has a very shallow chamber/baffle, which
> produces a bright sound. It does project well in large halls.
> If does not have the best sound quality. It is not a warm
> sounding mouthpiece.
> Try pretty much anything else.
The Series 13 Vandorens were designed with more scooped baffles specifically to produce a "darker" sound than the traditional Vandorens. One consequence of this is that the Series 13s are lower in pitch (supposedly tune at A=440, but that depends entirely on what clarinet you use it with). Another is that the Series 13s *can* sound duller, which is what some people mistakenly (IMO) call "darker." Of course, you can modify characteristics of any mouthpiece by adjusting reeds to compensate.
BTW, in Bob's list of possible custom makers to contact, he leaves himself out. His Vintage 1940 Cicero is well worth considering with the others he mentions.