Walter Grabner’s



991 Wildwood Lane

Highland Park, IL 60035


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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”



So, what’s new?


 Clarinet Mouthpieces

I have been in business for eighteen 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 almost 10,000 mouthpieces .

Look for a new mouthpiece coming out this spring!



Buffet Clarinets



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

Festival Bb’s

R13 Bb’s, Silver and Nickel

R13 A’s

The new E12F Bb

Tosca Bass Clarinet

1193 Bass Clarinets


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




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.



  Make ClarinetXpress your Bass Clarinet Destination


I specialize in 1193 and 1195 bass clarinets. I am attempting to keep at least three to five 1193’s and several 1195'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.




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!








Some Grabner Mouthpiece Artists:

Meet Eric Jacobs, new Bass Clarinetist with the Seattle Symphony.


Eric Says -


"Grabner's "Lawrie Bloom" mouthpiece offers the total package for an orchestral bass clarinetist.  It creates response and projection while holding the sound in such a way that I feel secure and flexible in all registers of the horn.  A true craftsman!"




Clarinetist - Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society

Solo Clarinetist - Ensemble MidtVest, Denmark


Tommaso Lonquich plays a Grabner CXZ_K13*





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.




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.


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.


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.




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:




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:



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.







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.




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.




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.




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.


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.






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:


If you want clarinet music, methods, recordings, and books, try Gary Van Cott first. He is a 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:


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:


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


Copyright: Walter Grabner, 2004