Rico Reserve Bb Close Facing Clarinet Mouthpiece
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- The world’s first 100% precision-milled, vintage-inspired mouthpieces
- Proprietary rubber is unique to reserve mouthpieces and is milled, not molded
- Precision machining delivers unparalleled accuracy – no hand finishing required
- Designed by a team of top players, craftsmen and engineers
- Available in three facings: close, medium and medium open
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Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, the Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece 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.
Since the acquisition of Rico by D'Addario & Co., Rico has strengthened its position as the global leader in woodwind reeds and accessories. Rico's state-of-the-art reed research center in Southern California employs a collaboration of agronomists, scientists, and musicians to produce top-quality reeds, including Rico Reserve premium reeds for clarinet and saxophone. Rico reeds are designed to benefit all levels of musicians, from the beginner to the seasoned professional. Many of the world's finest woodwind players perform with Rico reeds, such as Mark Nuccio, Jerry Bergonzi, Chris Potter, Benny Golson, Ernie Watts, Bob Sheppard, Henri Bok, Richie Hawley, Eric Alexander, and many more.
One Rico Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
From the Manufacturer
D'Addario Reserve and Reserve Classic clarinet reeds offer two great options to pair with your Reserve mouthpiece. When choosing a new mouthpiece, be sure to experiment with different cuts and strengths of reeds to achieve the most desirable sound and level of resistance for you.
- Precision milling delivers unparalleled consistency
- Crafted from a unique proprietary hard rubber for tonal beauty and evenness
- Designed by a team of top players, craftsmen, and engineers for ultimate performance and response
- Five models offer an array of resistance options in two different pitch systems, A=441 and 442 Hz
D’Addario Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpieces
Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, Reserve harnesses modern technology, pioneered by D’Addario, to recreate the incomparable mouthpiece craftsmanship of yesteryear. Milled—not molded—from hard rubber for a higher level of consistency, every Reserve mouthpiece is machined to the strictest tolerances. Of course, the true beauty of Reserve lies beyond its polished angles, curves, and proprietary material to something far more remarkable: its sound.
Milled, Not Molded
Expertly-designed to produce a precise, consistent, and pure sound; eliminates the need to try many before purchase.
Improved Tonal Evenness and Intonation
‘Cross the breaks’ with greater ease and experience fuller, more resonant ‘throat tones’. Achieve a more accurate scale, both individually and within ensemble sections.
Ease of Response
Both slur and tongue with greater facility, without sacrificing core in the sound.
Promotes Proper Playing Habits and Technique
Helps players to avoid biting, release unwanted body and finger tension, support their sound correctly, and develop a mature tone quality.
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This is a real boon for students who can't pop the $300-400 for a pro mouthpiece.
I'm primarily a saxophonist, but I've been doubling on clarinet for over 40 years. I like an open mouthpiece, so I chose the Medium Open Facing (1.10 mm). Combined with a Rovner strap ligature, I get a nice full sound and good intonation in all registers. My clarinet feels better than ever.
It is very comparable to a Vandoren M15 in terms of facing design and tip opening, but it is enhanced in a few ways. But, what I like the most about this mouthpiece compared to a Vandoren is that the table, rails, and tip are wider and have more surface area; all while being very precisely manufactured. This gives the Reserve mouthpiece a more tamed and mellow sound, compared to the brighter sounding M15. Also, compared the M15, articulation takes very little effort. With a good barrel and a properly fitted ligature, you can achieve a very pure sound with this mouthpiece.
Since this is such an affordable and consistently manufactured mouthpiece, you can be sure that you will always have available your favorite mouthpiece if it ever breaks or is lost. I tried over 5 Reserve mouthpieces, and their tone production and articulation was nearly indistinguishable from each other.
If I have any critique, it would be that, compared to the Reserve line of reeds, the GCS Evolution produce a much better and warmer sound on this mouthpiece. It seems that the "gradually" shaped tip of the Reserve does not fit the curve of the mouthpiece tip as well as the GCS. For me, response is muddier and it takes more air to get a clear tone.