Walter Grabner’s

 

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991 Wildwood Lane

Highland Park, IL 60035

847-266-8644

walter@clarinetxpress.com

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Clarinet Mouthpieces

 

Buffet/Muncy Hand Crafted Barrels

 

Adrian Hoyos Cocobolo Barrels

 

New Buffet Clarinets & Prices

 

A NEW Way to Buy Clarinets!

 

Restored Clarinets for Sale

 

Buffet Saxophones

 

Reed Making Book 

 

Clarinet Lessons

 

Customer Comments

 

Bass Clarinet Advice

 

My Bio

 

International Order Information

 

Seminars

 

 World-Class Clarinet Mouthpieces and Clarinet Products

Hello!

Thanks for stopping by my website. I appreciate your interest. Enjoy shopping around. If you need some help, you can e-mail or give me a call at 847-266-8644. I always enjoy “clarinet talk”

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So, what’s new?

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There are two new mouthpieces in the Grabner arsenal:

 

·        The CXZ_G13 - a new member of the “Grabner Family of Mouthpieces.” See below for more information.

·        The 1st Chair - a fantastic, new, LOW PRICE, high quality mouthpiece for the intermediate to advanced student. Click here for more information.

 

Come and see what all the excitement is all about.

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New Business Partners!

Business Partners are extremely important. I, of course, would not be in business without my two biggest business partners, Buffet Crampon and Zinner & Co. Now I am announcing a new business partner, Rovner Products Inc. I have admired their products for years, and use a Rovner ligature on almost every one of my clarinets.

 

Now, under a new agreement, all new Grabner mouthpieces can be purchased with a Rover ligature and cap, if desired. The model we chose for this program is the Rovner ”Dark” ligatures. For now I will have only these, no other models, and will sell them only with a new mouthpiece. I am sure this new program is going to be very helpful, especially for the buyers of the alto, bass, contra alto, and contra bass mouthpiece purchasers.

Watch this space for the announcement of additional business partners in the coming months.

 

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Exquisite Barrels from Colombia!

 

These absolutely gorgeous Cocobolo barrels, hand-crafted by emerging Colombian luthier Adrian Hoyos, are now available in the U.S. for the first time, in 65, 66, and 67 mm. Can be used on both Bb and A clarinets. They are $170 per barrel. Click here for more information.  

Folks – I know a lot of claims have been made by barrel makers in the past few years, but I want to tell you that these barrels are the real deal. Besides being beautiful to the eye, they are meticulously machined to a spec which is consistently applied to each barrel. I have yet to see a clarinet that has not been improved by these barrels, both in tone and intonation. I own three of them myself. 

New batch of 65 mm barrels just in!

 

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Clarinet Mouthpieces

I have been in business for sixteen years, supplying world-class mouthpieces and other related products and services to clarinetists the world over, in 57 different countries.  In that time period, I have handcrafted over 8700 mouthpieces .

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Dark doesn’t have to be dull

Introducing a New Member of my “Grabner Family of  Mouthpieces!”

CXZ_G13

Warm, Rich, Full, Relaxed

Is there a G13 in your future?

Grabner Family of Mouthpieces

CXZ_G11*

CXZ_G13*

CXZ_G13

 

The G11* and the G13* were a big Hit at the U. of Oklahoma Symposium, 2013 and at ClariFest Guatemala 2013!

 

The G13 was a big hit at the Texas Music Educators Convention 2014!

 

 

 

 

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Buffet Clarinets

I sell new Buffet clarinets

 I often have restored used clarinets for sale.

Click on either link to see what I have to offer!

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I have many fine, new instruments for sale, ready to ship, including:

Tosca Bb

Festival Bb’s

Festival A’s

R13 Silver Bb’s

R13 Silver A’s

The new E12F Bb

1193 Bass Clarinets

 

I have all of these in stock. Click here to see these instruments.

 

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Exquisite Hand Crafted Buffet Barrels

I also sell the renowned Buffet/Muncy barrels.

 

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I accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover credit card payments over the phone. Call 847-266-8644 to order. You can also pay for mouthpieces and barrels using the easy shopping cart software linked to each descriptive page.

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  Make ClarinetXpress your 1193 Destination

 

I specialize in 1193 bass clarinets. I am attempting to keep at least three to five 1193’s in stock at any time. Call or e-mail to see what I have, ready for you to tryout! While you’re trying out a new horn, you can also play one of the World’s BEST bass clarinet mouthpieces, the CXZ_LB “Lawrie Bloom” mouthpiece.

 

 Click on the picture below to see examples of bass clarinets for sale.

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Trips to Buffet in Florida

As a authorized Buffet dealer, I always want to present the very best products to my customers. To do this, I periodically visit Buffet Crampon in Florida to select the very best clarinets I can find. This takes time and costs money. Why do I do it? I do it to present the best quality I possibly can.

At right; Al Maniscalco, Walter Grabner, Bruce Marking.

Click here to see current prices and review my policies.

Click here to see descriptions and pictures of individual clarinets that are prepped and ready to ship immediately!

 

 

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Some Grabner Mouthpiece Artists:

 

 

Clarinetist - Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society


Solo Clarinetist - Ensemble MidtVest, Denmark

 

Tommaso Lonquich plays a Grabner CXZ_K13*

 

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Principal clarinet and frequent soloist with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Victor Kulyk plays Grabner mouthpieces. He recently picked a new CXZ_G13*.

 

Phil Green, co-principal clarinet with the New Zealand Symphony performs on the new CXZ_G13* mouthpiece. When he plays bass clarinet he uses the CXZ_LB “Lawrie Bloom” bass clarinet mouthpiece.

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Rachel Vernon, principal bass clarinet with the New Zealand Symphony. Plays the CXZ_LB “Lawrie Bloom, bass clarinet mouthpiece.

 

Robert Degennaro, “Dean of Colombian Clarinet Playing” and Professor of Clarinet at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, plays Grabner CXZ_K13* and CXZ_G13* mouthpieces. 

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Sergio Reyes, Principal Clarinet of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, now plays the new Grabner CXZ_G11* mouthpiece..

 

Sauro Berti, Clarinetto Basso of the  Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, now plays Grabner bass clarinet mouthpieces.

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John Kurokawa currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 1995. He plays the new CXZ_G11*.

 

Jim Nesbit, of the Virginia Symphony, plays the new CXZ_G11* mouthpiece.

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Leonid Popov, principal clarinetist of the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Ukraine). Prize winner at 2nd International Clarinet Competition.

 

“I would like to say you that your mouthpieces are best I have ever played. They have a beautiful tone and incredible variety of tonal shades.”

 

Plays CXZ_K14* mouthpiece.

 

Principal Clarinet, National Opera of Ukraine, Oleg Moroz, plays CXZ_K13e and CXZ_K14e Mouthpieces. Hear him on YouTube:

 

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Norwegian clarinet virtuoso Roger Arne Vigulf  recently adopted the Grabner CXZ_K13* mouthpiece.

 

He says "(These are) very good for Mozart and Brahms.”

 

Richard Nunemaker – Bass Clarinet Emeritus of the Houston Symphony.

 

Richard Nunemaker plays the CXZ_LB “Lawrie Bloom” bass clarinet mouthpiece.

Richard is pictured right after a performance at ClarinetFest 2011.

To learn more about Mr. Nunemaker, please go to his website at:

www.richardnunemaker.com/

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József Tönköly, principal clarinetist of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra'.

 

József plays Grabner mouthpieces in the orchestra. His correspondence has inspired me to greater endeavors in mouthpiece design. He says, “The mouthpiece functions beautifully for orchestral work.”

 

Prominent U.K. clarinetist Kate McDermott is now co-principal with the Gothenburg Opera (GöteborgsOperan) in Sweden.

 

She plays on a Grabner CXZ_K11* (in fact, three players in the Opera now play K11*s).

Please visit her website and get to know this accomplished musician.

 

http://www.katemcdermott.co.uk/#

 

 

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URAL Philharmonic Orchestra Clarinet Section uses Walter Grabner Mouthpieces

 

This is the clarinet section of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, in Ekaterinburg, Russia. From left to right: Alexander Tihonov, Alexander Glazirin (principal), Youri Nechaev. All play Grabner mouthpieces!

 

 

Icelandic Symphony Orchestra Clarinet Section Uses All Walter Grabner Mouthpieces

This is a photo of the clarinet section of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. From left: Sigurdur Snorrason (Siggi), Runar Oskarsson and Einar Johannesson.

They all perform on Walter Grabner mouthpieces, including soprano, Eb soprano, bass clarinet, and basset horn mouthpieces.

I have had the pleasure of working and corresponding with these gentlemen for several years. Their input on my craftsmanship has truly helped me move my art to a higher level.

For more about the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, click here.

 

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Patti Ferrell Carlson – Principal Emeritus, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

 

Patti has played Grabner mouthpieces in the Virginia Symphony for several years.

 

International Clarinet Virtuoso Ivan Stolbov.

 

Ivan has been Clarinet Soloist and section member with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra since 1999. He is in great demand as a soloist and clinician worldwide.

Ivan plays Grabner CXZ_K13 and CXZ_K14* mouthpieces.

 

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Mikko Raasakka – Internationally known bass clarinet virtuoso and recording artist.

 

Mikko and I met at ClarinetFest in Los Angeles, where I hand crafted him a custom Grabner bass clarinet mouthpiece. He has been using it in his many concert appearances worldwide.

 

 

 

Marci Gurnow – a member of the Jacksonville Symphony clarinet Section.

 

Marci plays the CXZ_LB bass clarinet mouthpiece.

 

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Lyle Wong is the Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Production Manager with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is also Utility Clarinet/Bass Clarinet with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

 

Lyle plays the CXZ_LB bass clarinet mouthpiece.

 

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Beverly Gibson plays bass clarinet with the South Dakota Symphony and principal clarinet with the Northwest Iowa Symphony.  She teaches at Northwestern College and Dordt College. Beverly is also an artist clinician for Buffet.

 

Beverly plays the CXZ_LB bass clarinet mouthpiece and the CXZ_K13 soprano clarinet mouthpiece.

 

 

 

 

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Vladislav Gorbich, clarinetist with the wonderful Kat Trio, plays Grabner mouthpieces.

 

"Lawrie Bloom" Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece

Lawrie Bloom, legendary bass clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and I have formed a partnership to manufacture and develop the best possible bass clarinet mouthpiece.

Made from a Zinner blank, this mouthpiece is the product of hundreds of hours of designing, prototyping, and testing over a period of 2 ½ years. 

This mouthpiece COMBINES legendary Zinner quality, the experience and artistry of Lawrie Bloom, one of the world’s great bass clarinetists, and my own craftsmanship, honed in the production of thousands of mouthpieces.

In the six years since this mouthpiece has been introduced, it has made its way into professional orchestras the world over and been given high ratings by many of the world’s finest bass clarinet players.

Mr. Bloom plays the CXZ_LB bass clarinet mouthpiece in the Chicago Symphony.

 

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Cool Links:

 

Attend concerts of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble. If you love great clarinet playing and exciting soloists. For more information, click on this link: Chicago Clarinet Ensemble

Bass clarinet players - if you don’t have the Michael Drapkin “Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet”, Volumes One ,Two, and Three you are really missing out. I wish that these excerpt books had been available when I was on the audition circuit. Every serious bass clarinet player should have them: www.bassclarinet.net

 

If you want clarinet music, methods, recordings, and books, try Gary Van Cott first. He is a woodwind.org sponsor and performs a valuable service for the clarinet (and entire woodwind) community. He is always a pleasure to work with. I buy all my music from him. He’s just a great guy to do business with. Here is his website: http://www.vcisinc.com/

 

If you want to try some great clarinet barrels (and you don’t want to get them from me), try Dr. Allen Segal. He makes lovely clarinet barrels: http://www.clarinetconcepts.com/

 

Please click on the links above for information about my products and services. To contact me, click here.

 

Copyright: Walter Grabner, 2004