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 New website of Wurlitzer
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2018-03-02 09:04

https://wurlitzerklarinetten.de/?lang=en

Wurlitzer recently launched a new website, and interestingly, they also have an online mouthpiece shop where you can even order mouthpieces for French barrel bores.



Post Edited (2018-03-02 19:31)

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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-02 18:17

Cool. Has anyone tried one of the French bore & barrel ones?

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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: rtaylor 
Date:   2018-03-02 22:09

It is a nice website. They finally reailize that they need to market themselves more.
I have worked with Bernd and Frank-Ulrich now for 16 years. They are are a great company and very professional.

I've played a lot of their mouthpieces over the years for the german style clarinets.
They work well and they are a good way to get a german style mouthpice for your french clarinet.

They should have included that some models they list are for french cut reeds also.
Specifically I know first hand these are for French reeds:

3WZ
3WZ*
fo
fo*
fo**
3CS



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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-03-02 23:14

Benno Kruger in Germany makes BK "Sound" reeds to match the Wurlitzer fo* mouthpiece and facing. Has anybody tried them?

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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: kaiserthegreat 
Date:   2018-03-07 18:40

They may want to look into having their English text reexamined. It's understandable but oddly worded in some spots. I just learned about these guys while reading about Dr. Michael White. French barrels? German mouthpieces? Just more I don't understand as I squeak away on my plastic Yamaha.

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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: rtaylor 
Date:   2018-03-08 00:48

I have tried the Bk Sound reeds on my Wurlitzer fo mouthpiece, but not the fo*. The chamber is probably the same and slightly more close facing. They worked well but had sort of a buzz in the sound and the tip is a little too thin for articulation.

The best match I find right now for my fo mouthpiece are the Pilgerstoffer Dolce 3 1/2 size. They take a while to break in but once they do they have a great quality to them.



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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: Jordan Selburn 
Date:   2018-03-08 20:38

rtaylor wrote:

> I have tried the Bk Sound reeds on my Wurlitzer fo mouthpiece,
> but not the fo*. The chamber is probably the same and slightly
> more close facing. They worked well but had sort of a buzz in
> the sound and the tip is a little too thin for articulation.
>
> The best match I find right now for my fo mouthpiece are the
> Pilgerstoffer Dolce 3 1/2 size. They take a while to break in
> but once they do they have a great quality to them.
>

I would be interested in trying a Wurlitzer mouthpiece, but have no idea which ones might be the best match for me, my tonal concepts or clarinet (Yamaha CSG). It's extremely subjective, of course, but how would you describe the various models you've played?

Jordan

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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: rtaylor 
Date:   2018-03-08 23:11

Hi Jordan,

I have tried a lot of their mouthpieces, both ones for german reeds and also french reeds.

Models I have played for German reeds:
M5 - great feel, articulation and relatively easy blowing
L5 - close to the M5 but sounds a little brighter
K4* - Very compact sound but can be resistant to blow
WZ2 - smaller sound but quiet dark and not very reed friendly
B4 - Wider tip opening than any above but also quite dark - My live Youtube recording of the Mozart Quintet is on this mouthpiece. It's not a perfect performance but it will give an idea of sound.
D4 - Great traditional style German mouthpiece but requires that you really change your embochure over to a german way to play.


Models I have played for French reeds:
3WZ - A great introduction to german type mouthpiece without having to change too much in your embochure
3WZ* - same as above but a little more dark sounding. I got mine from Ulrich Wurlitzer when I was visiting Wurlitzer for repairs to my instruments. He brought me a selection in the trial room at the factory and I chose one from about 15.

See below for my current mouthpiece

My current favorite is the "fo" and "fo*" models. They are modeled after G√ľnther Forstmaier who plays principal in the Bamberg Symphony. These use french style reeds but give the closest tonal character to a traditional german sound.

One last point is intonation, their mouthpieces are really pitched for their instruments. I don't have any experience with playing one of theirs on anything other than my Wurlitzers or my Leitner & Krause reform-boehm clarinets. So YMMV

Cheers,
Robert



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 Re: New website of Wurlitzer
Author: Jordan Selburn 
Date:   2018-03-09 20:06

Robert -

Thanks much for the detailed response. Great playing, and great sound, by the way!

It looks like they don't make the fo, but only the fo*, now. I'm going to see if they have any thoughts on using it with a CSGII.

Jordan

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