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 Eb Black Diamond Mouthpiece?
Author: Nzb2018 
Date:   2018-02-02 06:59

Has anyone tried the Vandoren Black diamond Eb mouthpiece? If so, what are your thoughts? (I am looking for an Eb mouthpiece to as an upgrade from my school's stock mouthpiece, so any suggestions would be helpful in general)

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 Re: Eb Black Diamond Mouthpiece?
Author: NBeaty 
Date:   2018-02-02 07:25

It really depends on your budget. I’m not a fan of the facing styles used by Vandoren on a large number of their pieces. Certainly with Eb it is good to have a closer tip opening, as close as is comfortable, to make it as responsive and predictable as possible. It also makes the mouthpiece more free blowing, which is nice.

If your budget is flexible, meaning spending a few hundred isn’t out of the question, call Brad Behn and he will be able to help you. He offers many options, from a zinner based mouthpiece costing about $250, to his own blanks that are $375 ad $780.

If money is a little tighter and your budget is in the $100-150 range, then your options are much more limited for Eb. You can always find a Vandoren on eBay and have it refaced and stay in budget if you send it to someone who is less expensive. Depending on where you live, you can find a music store to try different models.

Response, comfort, and adequate flexibility without losing focus is what you should look for in Eb.

Hope that helps some.

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 Re: Eb Black Diamond Mouthpiece?
Author: Yador 
Date:   2018-02-03 05:07

For me is the best vandoren Eb clarinet mouthpiece. I try B44, B40, M30 and BD5.
Good tuning, good sound and easy blowing. You can play very loud with a lot of proyection and also you can play a clean piano.
M30 is very similar but it sound brighter than BD5.
Truy before you buy.

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 Re: Eb Black Diamond Mouthpiece?
Author: D Dow 
Date:   2018-02-06 20:39

Let s face it..the bd5 while a great sound over long practice sessions is quite resisitant. With me the problem on the Eb clarinet is getting reeds that are soft to stay consistent through a concert. Changing reeds during a concert not so have returned to the b4o with a slightly harder reed. The facing on the Bd5 is short as well with wide rails!

David Dow

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