Items a Clarinettist Needs to do well...
Every musician has their favourite setups to make the sound they make consistently.
Below are some of my favourites, sometimes with a little tidbit to help you get the most out of these products and, ultimately, your playing!
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Cariad Mawr / Big Love
Clarinet - Accesories and Products
I currently use 3.5 gauge Vandoren V21 reeds for Bb clarinet, asI find they give me both the security of tone with the flexibility to adapt my sound between different genres, i.e. 'classical' music, folk and jazz.
Rovner has always been a favourite ligature of mine. The reason for this is that the leather of the 'strap' allows the reed to breathe and vibrate freely, whilst being secure enough to allow me to remove the mouthpiece without dislodging the reed entirely.
The ability to do this is essential for the orchestral clarinettist, as the time given to switch between A and Bb clarinets is often at a premium. If you have to spend some of that time faffing with getting reed back in the right place, at best, you may place it incorrectly in haste, making the the reed respond slightly differently. At worst, it may even mean a missed cue or two!
Disclaimer: Please do NOT use the pictures in the image carousel of the listing to help you put it on for the first time - the way they have pictured to place it is incorrect.
The leather part is all that should come into contact with the reed itself, with the screw being on the 'back' of the mouthpiece. Typically, you would have to tightedn and loosen the screw with your right hand (sorry to the lefties out there!).