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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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Style Name: Close Facing
Technical Details
Item Weight23 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 3 x 10.2 cm
Item model numberMCR-X0
Country Produced InUSA
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 40,973 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight100 g
Date First Available13 Aug. 2012

Product Description

Style Name:Close Facing

Product Description

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.

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One Rico Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
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Style Name: Medium Open Facing Verified Purchase
nice rich sound. works well with a 3 or 3.5 rico reserve or vandoren v12 reed. not as responsive as some mouthpieces I've tried, but this isn't a problem, just something you adjust to. Outplays several hand finished ones that I've tried at twice the price.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d30c324) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b94ac3c) out of 5 stars Rico Reserve mouthpiece 9 Aug. 2012
By brook - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Close Facing Verified Purchase
I tried the Rico Reserve mouthpiece at home and thought it was close to ideal however I have a few reservations after playing the mouthpiece "on the job". It's very important to know that the Rico Reserve mouthpiece plays only at A=440 which is quite low for most school groups. I play in a professional group that tunes to 440 and had to bite to get up to pitch. I also found myself biting to get the powerful resonance I like to use in the ensemble. The side rails are quite wide and the table is wider than the reed so this tends to dampen the sound. Sound is very pretty and on the bright side with the XO facing, articulation is excellent. Intervals are good, throat tones and high register are in tune. Be prepared to buy a shorter barrel if your group plays higher than 440.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd1606c) out of 5 stars Amazing Mouthpiece 22 Dec. 2012
By Clarinetist - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Medium Open Facing Verified Purchase
I just received this mouthpiece today and spent an hour playing it. It's hard to believe that it's a totally machine made mouthpiece, with no hand work. I have many mouthpieces that cost much more than the $80 I spent and this one seems their equal. Very responsive, nice sound and spot-on intonation.

This is a real boon for students who can't pop the $300-400 for a pro mouthpiece.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd15f54) out of 5 stars It's as good as they claim 29 May 2013
By James A. Vedda - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Medium Open Facing Verified Purchase
I've been using this mouthpiece for about four months, and it has given new life to my clarinet sound. I could hear it and feel it immediately, and others noticed the difference as well. Perhaps most notably, one of those who noticed the improved sound was a colleague who had been a clarinet instructor at a university conservatory for over 30 years.
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c4f35e4) out of 5 stars Very good production mouthpiece 26 Aug. 2012
By Keith Ridenhour - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Medium Open Facing
I have used a couple of custom faced pieces for awhile. A Gramber handmade and then a refaced SML piece by Robert Scott. Both are good pieces but this piece has more body than those (and all my vandorans M 15, M30, M 5lyre, ) and is just easier to play. I used 3.75 Van V 12 reeda and this piece is just plain easy to play. That doens' mean that I'll stop my 20 minutes of long tones with a tuner every morning but its nice to get past sound production and into phrasing and making music. For 99 I will have all my studets try one. I hope you get the same results that I did.thanks Ksaxman.com
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c9f8240) out of 5 stars After 8 months, this one's a keeper. 7 July 2014
By Andrew Compton - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Medium Facing
I've been playing on the X5 for about 8 months now, and I can definitely confirm that it is capable of great things. The medium faced mouthpiece is ideally versatile in almost any major style.

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.
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