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 New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-11-22 01:18

A few people claim to have sighted a new animal roaming about in the clarinet woods. It bears the strange marking Reserve EVOLUTION clarinet mouthpiece, scrawled across its front side and appears to be some sort of mate to the new Reserve EVOLUTION reeds.

Has anyone seen or come close to this beast? Or is it all rumor?



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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Tom Puwalski 
Date:   2018-11-29 08:42

I've seen it, played it and liked it!

Tom Puwalski

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-11-29 09:28

How is it different from the regular Reserve mouthpiece? Darker sound, greater projection, more refinement, better response, more consistent, more reed friendly, faster and cleaner articulation, greater flexibility, improved intonation, or what? Any idea when it will appear for sale on the market?



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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-12-22 09:55

On the ICA clarinet blog site more information on this mouthpiece just appeared. It will be released in two pitches (441 for Americans--the EV10--and 442 for Europeans--the EV10E) and will have a medium long facing open 1.08 mm at the tip. It seems to have been designed to compete with the Vandoren B40 lyre and have some of the performance characteristics of that mouthpiece. The EVOLUTION is expected to be available for purchase by January 18, 2019. Richie Hawley was instrumental in its design.



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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Tom Puwalski 
Date:   2018-12-23 15:15

I’ve been beta testing this piece for the last 2 months and this is “Evolution” for clarinet mouthpieces. I don’t know about the B40 lyre thing I have two of those sitting on my desk and I have to use a drastically different reed to make that work the reeds I use on my custom XO are just a tad stiff on the Evo but still usable. All I know is for the first time in 50 years I can walk into the Music & Arts center and replace the rig I’m playing on for less than $4000

Tom Puwalski

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-12-23 22:49

What has been done to customize your X0?

Karl

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Tom Puwalski 
Date:   2018-12-24 05:15

I had Merlin Petroff do the work on it and he worked primarily in the baffle area he did redo the facing, but I don't it was that much different than the original. On one of my last visits I took 3 identical XO facing mouthpiece. we kept one original, one he refaced, and one he did the Baffle work on. In original condition they all played and and sounded similar. The one with the facing change played mildly better but didn't sound all that different. The one with the Baffle work and the facing work sounded significantly better, and by that I mean warmer and more resonant.

Tom Puwalski

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Ed 
Date:   2018-12-24 05:29

I think that the Reserve mouthpiece has a good deal of potential. I think that some work in the baffle and chamber would be of great benefit. While it is playable as is, it always has felt to me as if it is a little constrained and not quite as free or resonant as it could be. Glad to hear your work on it has been a success.

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Jordan Selburn 
Date:   2019-01-02 20:42

This mouthpiece is now available for sale on the D'Addario website.

http://www.woodwinds.daddario.com/woodwindsProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4683&productid=192&productname=Reserve_Evolution_Mouthpieces

Jordan

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-01-03 02:21

Interesting that they only show the front of the mouthpiece. You can't see the rails, can't see the table, can't see the tip........interesting.





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



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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-01-05 05:42

Weiner Music has these Evolution mouthpieces now: https://shop.weinermusic.com.

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-01-13 23:22

Kessler Music now provides a few smidgens of tech data on how the Evolution model differs from the older Reserve model clarinet mouthpieces. See
http://kesslerandsons.com. Click on woodwinds and then clarinet mouthpieces for the info.

The basic changes seem to be these:

The baffle is lowered to produce a larger air column and increase projection and "nuance." This seems to have been done more in the higher pitch model than the lower pitch one.

The chamber is redesigned to accommodate a "larger throughput of air."

The window is slightly larger.

The exterior of the mouthpiece blank is enlarged to add mass and enrich the tone.

The facing is 1.08 mm and "medium long."

They add that "both the A = 440 and the A = 442 models can play in tune at A = 440, 441, or 442 but the A = 440 model has a slightly larger chamber diameter giving a slightly darker tone "similar to the Vandoren Series 13."

It would be great to hear Richie Hawley further elaborate on these differences.

I haven't tried the lower pitch model but I have tried one of the higher pitched ones. I say thumbs up on this model! The A = 442 Evolution has a very mature, flexible sound for me that holds the tone very well at all dynamic levels and allows a very rapid, musically attractive staccato and fluid legato. It doesn't have the rather constricted tightness of the earlier Reserve models and I find the resistance curve very reed friendly. It plays very well with reeds in the 3 to 4 strength range (Behn Aria, Vandoren V-21, Gonzales FOF.) The tone quality is a nice compromise between dark and vibrant and the altissimo is full and controllable--not pinched or shrill. Though I am used to mouthpieces with close facings (M13 lyre, M15) adapting to this facing has been quick and painless.

Players trying the mouthpiece out should do real music excerpts on it. Play Midsummer Night's Dream, Pines of Rome, Cappricio Espagnol, Peter and the Wolf, the Saint Saens Sonata, the Poulenc Sonata, etc. Don't just noodle!! This piece is made to play music and reveals what it can do best in real music phrases. On my clarinets (Buffet R13 1970 and Evette and Schaeffer K-Series) the Evolution sounds best paired with a Tosca barrel. Not sure why this is so, but the Tosca barrel really made it sing.

After some days trying it, let me add one caveat. It is not my favorite mouthpiece, because some others I own, a Fobes San Francisco CF for example and two Brad Behns, a Concept II and an Epic play with a more complex overtone "ping" (brighter sound?) that I prefer. But I appreciate the versatility of the Evolution and can easily see that many might find it just right for them.



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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: Jordan Selburn 
Date:   2019-01-15 09:48

I've had one for about a week now. My quick take is that it's very nice, quite responsive with a particularly rich sound in the low register but not as warm or liquid-sounding as my Wurlitzer in the clarion. I'll continue to evaluate it, but for now it's not my go-to choice.

Jordan

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: babrinka77 
Date:   2019-01-15 11:49

Hello;
For those who tried this mouthpiece. Does it work ok with Legere reeds? if so, which strenght?.
thanks.

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 Re: New Reseve EVOLUTION Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Author: TomS 
Date:   2019-03-09 17:20

I've had one of the Reserve Evolution MPs (440) for a few days. I like it too!

And it does play very well with Legere European Signature reeds, 3.25 to 3.50. Not so good with standard Signature reeds, iMHO.

Frankly, I think I'd like to see a slightly closer facing with this new MP ... I think it would be better suited for the Legeres.
.
Been bouncing between X0 and M13, M13 lyre and M15. Of these, I think the X0 was my favorite, until the Evolution MP.

The Evolution addresses some complaints that I have with the others: It has a bigger sound, more center and with better intonation with most barrels. There is some useful aggressiveness in the sound, but without being raucous, nasty and out of control.

The best feature, IMHO is the "hold" or compactness that the Evolution exhibits in the upper clarion and altissimo register ... if you play 1st or solo clarinet in a band, and constantly skipping around the top notes, this will help you out.

I did find some minor machining burrs in the sidewalls, near the crown, and I used a jewler's file to remove these, which only took a minute. Otherwise, for a production MP, the workmanship is very good.

I don't have the training or experience of other members of the board, but this MP does help this old man out, and I think it might help others as well.

My three cents ...

Tom

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