Author: JF Clarinet
Date: 2017-11-07 02:29
I'm only a college student and I don't know much about mouthpiece measurements and anything like that, so take what I have with a grain of salt.
I have played on a cl4 for the past 2-3 years. It was never perfect for me, but I found myself coming back to it over the others I had (selmer c*, vandoren b45, and a few stock mouthpieces that I've never liked). I have found that on the cl4, I've really liked my quality of sound, but my dynamic control has been limited, and articulation has been indistinct. My pitch has also been high for a while.
My professor recently had me try a BD5 series 13, and I liked it a lot more. It felt a little more resistant, but I was able to get a much greater dynamic range and had more clear and easy articulation. I feel my the quality of my sound has stayed pretty much the same.
I went to my local store to try out a bunch of them and pick my favorite. Something to note is that I found drastically different sounds and characteristics between 7 BD5 series 13's. On a few of them, I was not able to get a sound I was okay with. I've been on my BD5 for about two weeks now and have no complaints. I know that a few of the other clarinetists at my school have been switching to BD5s too.