Clarinet Tone Talk 6: Mouthpiece Tests

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Here are samples of a short scale test on 6 different mouthpieces.

Several of them are made from wood. I've been experimenting with wood mouthpieces and Legere Reeds. Since the reed is a known quantity (who would have thunk!) any small changes which occur in a wood mouthpiece should not adversely affect performance.

When I recorded them, they all sounded so different. Listening to them now, they sound quite similar.

For what it's worth, I can assure you they are vastly different mouthpieces. I am curious how they sound to you.

MP1

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I promise to deliver a more satisfying set of tone samples next week!!

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14 comments for “Clarinet Tone Talk 6: Mouthpiece Tests

  1. November 9, 2010 at

    I like 5, because… sound is round and moist. ^^

  2. David Niethamer
    November 1, 2010 at

    Liked #2 – the Ched – the best for its beautifully balanced sound. #5, Hawkins B next, which was a surprise, as I’ve always found these mouthpieces to be rather bright for my taste. The Zinner just loses too much of the highs for me. #6 with the softer reed I could live with. this has been an interesting thread.

    • November 2, 2010 at

      Thanks David. I plan to use the Ched Lelandais for orchestra, and the unnamed wood for recording the Jeanjean etudes. I want the delicate intimacy of its tone. Perhaps I’ll record some short samples of Jeanjean etudes with several to help me secure the best choice, in case I am not hearing some flaws in the unnamed wood one.

  3. Massimiliano Pidò
    November 1, 2010 at

    on 3 and 5 for their dark color are my favorites.
    I find that 5 to maintain the uniformity of sound throughout the register. 3 in the high notes tends to open slightly.

  4. October 29, 2010 at

    Dave. I cast my vote via email, since we were discussing another topic, but in the interest of the vote tally , here are my picks for all to see:
    #1, 2, and six.
    Wonder if the Daily Show, CNN, or Fox will include this election as part of their midterm coverage.

  5. October 27, 2010 at

    I liked 1 and 3, did not like 4. Yes, they sounded similar to my ears.

    • October 27, 2010 at

      Thanks Steve. Every vote counts!!

  6. danop
    October 27, 2010 at

    I agree with John Peacock. Before I read any of the comments, I decided that I liked 5 the best. I listened again, and 5 is still my top choice.

  7. Bill Fogle
    October 27, 2010 at

    #1 is my favorite, but I wonder if that was the quality of air as you began the series?

  8. John Peacock
    October 26, 2010 at

    Hi David,

    I like 5 best: the sound is round and yet clear and clean
    4 & 6 are next: a bit brighter than 5, which some may prefer. But I'll go for warmth any time.
    1 is a bit like 4/6, but a smaller sound
    2 & 3 least favourite: a bit fuzzy and smaller sound still. I'd guess the tip opening is less open compared to 456

    If 2 & 3 are your favourites, forgive me!

    John

    • October 26, 2010 at

      I like 1 and 6. But they all sound frighteningly similar to me, considering how differently they felt!

      • John Peacock
        October 27, 2010 at

        Maybe this says you always end up sounding like yourself, whatever the equipment.

        On this front, maybe you could post a similar set of clips illustrating your points from a recent post about voicing. How about two quite different mouthpieces voiced into 3 different tone colours, and let readers see what differences stand out the most?

      • October 27, 2010 at

        I liked 3 and 6 best for your core tone. K

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