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What is your Clarinet setup ?

Merlin

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I just recently changed my clarinet setup. Used to play a Vandoren B40/13 with #3 blue box Vandorens.

My B40s were going on 20+ years old, and had both had the facings tweaked a few times.

I moved to a Ron Caravan mouthpiece for a while, as it plays well with the #3 blue box reeds, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

Got a new Walter Grabner K13* last week. That piece, with #3.5 V12 Vandorens is exactly what I wish I had 20 years ago! I feel like a real clarinet player again.
 

TrueTone

Clarinet, Sax, Oboe, History
1969 Selmer Series 9
Either a Vandoren 5RV or the Chicago Kaspar (see the thread on it from earlier this month)
Vandoren V12 3.5
Rovner lig
 

Gandalfe

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Got a new Walter Grabner K13* last week. That piece, with #3.5 V12 Vandorens is exactly what I wish I had 20 years ago! I feel like a real clarinet player again.
I felt the same way with Grabner's Laurie Bloom mouthpiece on bass clarinet and the contrabass clarinet mouthpiece. Such lovely pieces.
 
I'm playing a somewhat tweaked B & H Imperial with another one as a backup. An E11 in C and a metal Selmer for fun. I also have a Vito plateau clarinet for days when my arthritis is making itself known. I mostly use a Clark Fobes San Fransisco CF+ with Rue Lepic 3's. Among my less frequently played clarinets are a couple of Pustophons, one Boehm and one Oehler, a couple of B & H Edgwares and a 1010, a pre-WW2 Conn, a Leblanc Bass, a Rudolph Eubel Bb, a Louis of London from 1927, a Jerome Thibouville Lamy from around 189X, a pre-R13 Buffet from the 30's plus a motley assortment of others.
Tony F.
 

pete

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On my Big Easy Leblanc I alternate between a very old, no nane kard rubber mouthpiece with a nicket silver lay and a Stowell Wells & Schneider B2hard rubber. I previously played an OBrien 4 OCB, however (sob) it fell off a table and is no more. Off and on againworking with a Pomerico jazz facing. Oleg ligature is outstanding! Other ligatures used are Vandoren and Mitchell Lurie. Reeds are Signature cut Legere 2.5 and 3 and Rico Grand Concert Evolution #3. My other clarinet is a Buffet made in 1906, wrap-around octave key and it plays fine. I like the big bores. One of my students is using my 1946 Selmer BT. Anybody seen a Richards Silhouette clarinet? It is a large bore (.591) with distictively shaped leys made of Beryllium nickel. I did guality control work for RMC in 1962 when they closed down the clarinet plant. Only about 40 horns survived. I'd love to find one..
 

pete

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Well I'm typically using a Vandoren M15 now, otherwise my Kaspar is still a backup with an uneven facing.
Well I got my Kaspar back from refacing last week and it most definitely plays well...
It's my main mouthpiece now. (at least on my Series 9 Bb. It sounds brighter than I want on my K-Series A.)
Speaking of the Grabners mentioned above, I'm hoping to try one of his bass mpcs when I'm at Clarinetfest later this month... (and hopefully buy it, too. =P )
 
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