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 Exploring Mouthpieces
Author: TheClarinetKid 
Date:   2019-07-01 11:26

I currently use a M30 Lyre 13 Series Vandoren mouthpiece and as long as I remember my first was a M30. (I switched to the latter due to pitching, 13 Series is designed at 440Hz) I would like to explore some different kinds and to be honest, I have no idea in what to look at to find a different mouthpiece.

Please could some folks enlighten me on this subject?

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 Re: Exploring Mouthpieces
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-07-01 12:32

I got a handful of mpc's from WWBW (I think) and tried them out for a week. It didn't take me long to know that the Selmer C85 wsa the one for me. I've never regretted the decision. My teacher had me try a D'Addarrio (1.05 I believe) and she said it improved my tone. However, I seem to always be playing flat when I play it so I don't use it very often. I enjoy the way it feels. I also play the Eb and use a Selmer C85 on it as well (one designed for Eb) so making the transition between the two clarinets is smooth.
Do some research on tip openings and appropriate reed strengths. Order 3 of them to try and make a decision.

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 Re: Exploring Mouthpieces
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-07-01 13:07

What you have is already pretty good! I wish I had had something that good when I was a teenager (if you are one). Personally, I go for Clark Fobes and Mike Lomax mouthpieces. -excellent and reasonably priced.


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 Re: Exploring Mouthpieces
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-07-01 15:13

If you have a mouthpiece that works for you and you play well on it there may be no real reason to look for another. But like the second poster mentions, it may be worth a conversation with your teacher over whatever is driving you to look for something else to determine where you might need improvement; tone, pitch, ease, surety etc.

One thing I would throw out there is that the M30 (though a good mouthpiece with many fine players who use them) features fairly thick side rails and a thick tip rail. Mouthpieces with thinner rails do tend to make playing with more overtones a bit easier. Up close (that is what we hear from OUR perspective), playing with more overtones may seem brighter or more "crackly," but it does allow the sound to carry (move through an ensemble) easier with less effort and often play with a fuller sound at any real distance (ten feet or so.....meaning you will never fully appreciate how good you sound to others).

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

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