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 Close faced mouthpieces with a big sound
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2019-03-14 08:17

I like the focus and evenness that is easily achievable on close faced mouthpieces however I have noticed that it is much harder to achieve the big, round forte sound that one can make easily on open facings - the closer tips tend to sound a little thinner and slightly forced in quality at forte and above. Are there mouthpieces/mouthpiece facings that lend themselves well to both areas? I understand of course that ultimately it is up to the skill of the player to produce great results, however a mouthpiece that can do both would be desirable!

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 Re: Close faced mouthpieces with a big sound
Author: Arnoldstang 
Date:   2019-03-14 09:18

Theoretically a short facing length with a medium tip opening might be what you are looking for.

Freelance woodwind performer

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 Re: Close faced mouthpieces with a big sound
Author: vintschevski 
Date:   2019-03-14 10:01

I know exactly what you mean and I'll give you a very specific mouthpiece recommendation: the Krass GV-1. It has a tip opening of 1.00 and a long facing (18mm, I think). I think you'd also like any of Mr Krass's close-tip models (I also have the L1 and the K1), but for a big resonant forte the GV1 is the one to go for. It goes really well with any of the Vandorens in strength 4, 4.5 or 5 (though I have to say that I have little experience with the V21 reeds).

I would think that the baffle design contributes greatly to the success of this mouthpiece, but you'd have to ask Mr Krass what his secret there is.

Naturally I have to add that this recommendation is based on my own playing of this mouthpiece, and perhaps it might not be so successful for you - but I reckon it'd be worth a go.

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 Re: Close faced mouthpieces with a big sound
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-03-14 13:13

My experience is that you are correct about the smaller tip opening mouthpieces being more "even." They are easier to control and have a ready built constancy of pitch and timbre. The more open you go (of course that would imply softer reeds) the greater your possibilities of pitch and color at the expense of working harder to keep all the factors constant....when that is what you want.

Personally I have not had any issue producing a big sound on small facing mouthpieces. The idea is that you create more resonance and greater sound levels by establishing a goodly amount of pressure within your oral cavity. The sound of the clarinet is produced by the resonating air column within the instrument. That air column is excited by the pressure differential between the standing wave in the horn (zero) and what you produce behind the reed/mouthpiece in your mouth. You do that by providing a more continuous and active air column, consciously pushing with your abdominal muscles. Of course that all varies with the dynamic at which you play; and it is possible to OVER produce pressure (you top out on results and any more "work" goes without benefits). But getting that balance right yields amazing results out of any mouthpiece.

................Paul Aviles

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 Re: Close faced mouthpieces with a big sound
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2019-03-14 17:06

Try taking in a little more mouthpiece to see if your sound gets bigger without changing any equipment. Try a little softer reed if it feels more resistant. This is probably because you had been closing off some of the tip opening with your embouchure and now it is more open.
Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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 Re: Close faced mouthpieces with a big sound
Author: Ed 
Date:   2019-03-15 06:54

I have found Clark Fobes mouthpieces to be quite full and responsive. You could easily contact him and ask his suggestions. At the same time, some of the suggestions above can prove helpful. Try to find a reed that is free blowing and will allow you to play with an embouchure that is just firm enough to control without too much pressure.

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