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This page outlines a few of the more popular designs I have made for clients in recent years.

I am happy to undertake custom design projects by request.  Please use the contact page to make specific inquiries. 

I currently offer two blanks for Bb/A clarinet.  The high pitched blank has been the most popular, and is well suited to players that play slightly above A = 440 Hz or at 442+ Hz.  The low pitched option is well suited for players that need to play consistently at A = 440 Hz.

Select your options in the SHOP page

Facing Options:

 

SOPRANO CLARINET

 

 

Model "C"   

One of my most popular designs, a classic close-tipped soprano clarinet facing.  Easy, consistent response with a warm, focused tone.  This facing design is the result of my study of historical mouthpieces such as H. Chedeville, Bettoney, Woodwind Co. Etc.

Specifications: short length, approximately 1.04mm tip 

Comparable models for reference: H. Chedeville, M13, Zinner/Hawkins, Smith etc.

Model "CL"   

A traditional classical clarinet facing, long curve and medium-close tip.  This is the result of my study of great orchestral mouthpieces of the mid-twentieth century, particularly Lelandais and Chedeville.

Specifications: long length, approximately 1.05mm tip 

Comparable models for reference: Chedeville/Lelandais, M13Lyre/M15, Zinner/Hawkins/Smith etc.

Model "KS" 

The personal facing of Kimball Sykes, principal clarinetist of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra.  This facing offers all of the resonance and colour of the Marcellus school of playing without being harsh on the ear.

Specifications: medium-long length, approximately 1.13mm tip 

Comparable models for reference:  Kaspar/Cicero 13, BD5

Model "L" 

My most successful design to date.  The Model “L” has been popular with established professional orchestral players and successful orchestral audition winners alike.  This facing was the result of my study of the great American mouthpieces of the 70s and 80s: Pyne, Johnston, and Kanter.  This facing offers great colour and concentration of sound while providing all the depth and complexity of the custom designs of the late 20th century.   

 

Specifications: 1.17mm tip, medium-long length

Comparable models for reference: Vintage Pyne, Kanter, B40Lyre, BD4, also preferred by players coming from BD5

 

 

Model "MD"

My personal facing.  After extensive exploration, I came to this design that was most comfortable for me when I was freelancing in Toronto.  This facing offers a warm, covered sound with the colour palette and power that is necessary for soloistic playing while still having the sensitivity to play with gentle refinement for chamber music or close microphone recording as well. 

Specifications: 1.27mm tip, medium-long length, low resistance curve

Comparable models for reference:  Vintage Kanter, Pyne, B40, BD5/BD7

 

Model "MD5#" 

The “M-D-Five-Hash” is my most versatile design.   Soloistic in nature, the MD5# offers a big, colourful tone quality.  The concept behind the design of this model was to offer a Chedevillian quality of focus and ease of response with a large, expansive quality of sound for the highest level of artistic playing.  It is well suited for any style of music from classical, to jazz, to klezmer, and other styles of folk music.  It features a very long and very open curve which I balanced to offer a consistent and stable core tone across the entire range of the instrument.  

 

Specifications: 1.32mm tip, long length

Comparable models for reference:  Vintage Kanter, Pyne, Johnston, BD7

 

BASS CLARINET

Model "B1"

A classic bass clarinet facing, my optimized specifications for the vintage Selmer C-Star design.  It offers a stable and reliable response with great power and depth of sound.

 

Specifications: 1.80mm tip, medium length

Comparable models for reference:  Vintage Selmer C-Star, Ronald Reuben Facing 

Model "B2"

My more open bass clarinet facing option,  this curve offers a more open sound with maximum flexibility.

Specifications: 1.90mm tip, longer length

Comparable models for reference: Selmer D, Grabner "LB"

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