Date: 2017-11-07 08:24
Hi Karl, at the time, before I tried the CL5, I was playing on a B45 13. To be honest, my sound wasn't that bright and I was never fatigued when playing. I mean compared to most people who play on M13 to get that super dark sound, my sound would be on the bright side, but not edgy. Played on them with 3.5 Vandoren V12s. Then I went to national honor band in which I realized everyone was playing single lip there, and I changed to single lip for a period of time, and I think I developed the bad habit of biting after that. In addition to the fact that I bought the R13 soon after, which was slightly flatter than my E11 France. So biting became a bigger issue, and my sound became very bright.
Now I play on a M30, although I would much rather play on the mouthpiece Bob made me. Or maybe even the B45. I don't like the M30 at all. But my teacher won't let me change, at least not at this moment, since college auditions are coming up and he is afraid it's too risky to change mouthpieces so close to the audition. I think the M30 is at 115 mm, so it's slightly more open than the CL5, although the CL5 has thicker rails probably.
-- Ray Zhang