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 D. Bonade mouthpieces
Author: NOLA Ken 
Date:   2018-09-06 03:45

I'm a returning clarinet player playing in a local concert band and aspiring to a local volunteer orchestra. I'm looking for guideance on D. Bonade soprano mouthpieces. I'm not very conversant in mouthpiece specs and can't seem to find any for Bonades anyway.

In going through my drawers of mouthpieces looking for one to use on my newly-restored Leblanc Symphonie 3 Bb and Double L "A", I tried the old D. Bonade mpc my college clarinet teacher gave me about 1968. I didn't like it on the clarinet I was playing then (a bored-out Classic II that I still have and that still doesn't play well with the the Bonade). But I really, really like the way it sounds for me on the Symphonie 3 and Double LL "A" - really makes them sing. The only other marking I can find on this mpc is a faint "7 3/?" and something that looks like it might be "France". (The ? is because the subscript number is illegible.) I'm going to be on the lookout for other Bonade mpcs to try, but I understand from some posts here that Bonade mouthpieces were highly inconsistant, which might make finding another one like this difficult. If anyone here is knowledgable about Bonade mpcs and can suggest other mouthpieces that would be sufficiently similar to this that I might explore as a backup, I would be most appreciative.

I also have another D. Bonade I picked up more recently that looks the same but has the marking "7 1/2". It plays terribly with any setup on these two clarinets. Not at all like the Bonade mpc mentioned above. (Both mpcs have clean tables and rails, the 7 1/2 has just the tiniest nick on the outer edge of the tip.) What are the chances that a good mouthpiece refacer could turn this 7 1/2 piece into something more like the other one, or would I be better off just getting another mouthpiece?

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