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Rico Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, the Reserve harnesses modern technology, pioneered by D’Addario, to recreate the incomparable craftsmanship found in these legendary works of art. Milled—not molded—from hard rubber for a higher level of consistency, every Reserve mouthpiece is machined to the strictest tolerances. But make no mistake: the true beauty of Reserve lies beyond its polished angles, glorious curves and proprietary materials to something far more remarkable… its sound.

  • Precision milling delivers unparalleled consistency, eliminating the need to try many before purchase
  • Crafted from a unique proprietary hard rubber for tonal beauty and evenness
  • Designed by a team of top players, craftsmen, and engineers
  • Available in four different facings and two different pitch systems, offering an array of resistance options for clarinetists of all ages, abilities, and geographic locations

WHAT IS A FACING?

Each model of the Reserve mouthpiece is named for its facing, which is the curve of the mouthpiece away from the reed, measured by the distance in mm between the tip of the reed and the tip of the mouthpiece.

 

THREE MODELS

Three facing choices offer an array of resistance options for clarinetists of all ages and abilities:

X0 - 1.00 mm    X5 - 1.05 mm    X10 - 1.12 mm

Choose a closer facing (smaller tip opening) for less resistance.

Closer facings generally require the use of harder reeds.

 

Choose an open facing (larger tip opening) for more resistance.

(1.00mm and 1.05mm regularly in stock.  1.12mm is a special order item.)

 

These are really great mouthpieces and at a great price!!

New  |  Retail Price: $183.75

Sax Alley Price: $83.75

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Sax Alley Price: $83.75
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RESPONSE

When testing mouthpieces, personally or with students, you should first listen for a comfortable, free response. Play a slow scale or passage, both slurred and articulated. 

Is the sound produced easily? Is it possible to slur and articulate clearly, without struggle? 

If the response is too difficult, consider trying a closer (less resistant) mouthpiece facing, or a lower strength reed. 

If the response is too easy, consider trying a more open (more resistant) mouthpiece facing, or a higher strength reed.
 

SOUND

Next, consider the core of the sound, which works in combination with response. It's important not to sacrifice a centered sound for ease of response.

If the sound is spread or lacks center, consider trying a higher strength reed with a closer (less resistant) mouthpiece facing.
Brand Rico
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Price $83.75