Are The Differences In Vandoren
Which One Is Right For You?
your search for a “better” clarinet mouthpiece someone has
recommended a Vandoren mouthpiece to you. Undoubtedly they
recommended a specific model such as the B45, 5RV, M13, etc.
Unfortunately while doing your research you discovered that there are
multiple versions of that mouthpiece. In fact, Vandoren offers over
40 different mouthpiece for the Bb Soprano Clarinet. Understanding
all the differences makes choosing the right one for you a simple
first step in understanding the differences in all the various
Vandoren models is to realize there are basically 9 different
mouthpieces. They are called :
model is slightly different from the others in various ways to give
clarinet players a choice in sound color, response, articulation,
following descriptions are taken directly from Vandoren to explain
the basic differences in each model.
The universal mouthpiece. With an intermediate tip opening
and a medium-long facing, it is appreciated by most clarinetists.
Same facing as the B45 with a wider tip rail, it produces a
compact and centered sound.
B46 - The mouthpiece best suited to
musicians playing both clarinet and saxophone.
5RV - The time-proven standard for
professional musicians. Quality and tradition.
M13 - Rich, colorful sound. Very
precise response. Meets every demand.
M15 - Great articulation ease.
Offers musicians a colorful spectrum of sound.
M30 - Its facing length gives it
great flexibility, a good balance between timbre and roundness.
5JB – THE Jazz mouthpiece
7JB - Mouthpiece for jazz and
traditional music. Powerful and flexible sound
of the Base Models
Many of the base
models mentioned above are available in the Lyre Model Variation,
such as the B45 is offered as the B45 Lyre. The Lyre models are the
exact same mouthpiece with one change; the facing is longer creating
a more open tip opening. If you are not familiar with the
differences in facing lengths and tip openings, the simplest
explanation is the Lyre Models allow you to use softer reeds and
still achieve the same quality of sound you would using a stiffer
reed on the standard model.
mouthpieces are available in the Lyre Series
The profile 88
series is identical to the original model except the beak, or the
part of the mouthpiece on which your top teeth rests is shaped
differently as shown in the photo.
The Profile 88
beak, has a longer slope, giving more options as far as playing
position, air flow, etc, to the player. Many players prefer this
beak, while others prefer the traditional beak. Overall this is
simple a matter of personal preference.
The Profile 88
series is available in the following models:
The 13 Series
The final variation in Vandoren
Clarinet Mouthpieces is the 13 Series. A 13 Series Mouthpiece is
identical to the Profile 88 version of the mouthpiece with one added
difference; it is designed to play at a=440 for American
clarinetists. While this series was originally designed specifically
for Buffet R13 clarinets, these mouthpieces were perfectly on any
The following models are offered in
Choosing the right Vandoren clarinet
mouthpiece for you will take some research. You should check with
your teacher and other clarinet players for recommendations and to
possibly try out some of these mouthpieces. For even more information
be sure to visit Vandoren's Website.