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Walter@clarinetxpress.com

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K Style Mouthpieces

These mouthpieces were designed with deep respect for the great Chicago area mouthpiece craftsmen of earlier days. As we all know, their mouthpieces have been revered for years for their dark, ringing tone and clear response. Though they are decades old, many are still played every day and treasured by their owners.

Mouthpiece makers strive to duplicate the qualities of these classic mouthpieces, while taking advantage of modern materials and techniques.

It took me several years of continual crafting, re-facing, and re-voicing mouthpieces to be able to say I have mouthpieces that continue this tradition.

These mouthpieces play with a warm, dark sound and speak with incredible authority. The projection is excellent. No longer will you strain to be heard. At the same time, you will be able to play with incredible delicacy.

The verdict is in! I have sold hundreds of my K-style mouthpieces. The “reviews” are overwhelmingly positive. Amateurs and professionals alike are unanimous in their acceptance of this style mouthpiece.  My K-style mouthpieces are the “flagship” of my line, and will continue to be for many years.

Unsolicited customer quote:
“I just had the privilege of playing on one of your new K-Style CXZ_K13 and I'm totally blown away. It is so much better than anything else I have tried (including 2 really nice vintage mouthpieces that I have). I finally have precision and a dark tone at the same time. For years now I have had to sacrifice tone color (depth, darkness) for clarity and now I have your mouthpiece! I'm so thrilled!”



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All mouthpieces are now available with Rovner “Dark” Ligatures and Caps, if desired. Just select the “with Ligature and Cap” option on the shopping cart.

Available in Ten versions:

CXZ_K11

 

Big Hit at ClarinetFest
2011!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Hit at ClarinetFest 2011 !!!

CXZ_K11* - Enhanced version of the very popular CXZ_K11.

Closer tip, enhanced facing.

The CXZ_K11 is my most popular soprano clarinet mouthpiece with professional clarinet players in the U.S. The CXZ_K11* is an enhancement of that product.

Closer tip than the K11 and an enhanced facing curve give this mouthpiece a higher level of focus and clarity. Trials with “the pros” have gone extremely well.

Dark, warm ringing CORE tone, for maximum precision.  Optimized for Vandoren V12 # 3 ½ to # 4 strength reed.

Tunes to 440 with a standard length barrel (generally 66 mm) Can play at 442 with a 65 mm barrel. Enhanced Lower Baffle and additional hand reaming and interior polishing.

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap

 “VERY Légère reed-friendly.”

 

 CXZ_K11 – It all started here!

Close tip, medium curve.

Dark, warm ringing tone, with a close tip, for utmost precision.  Optimized for Vandoren V12 # 4 strength reed (3 ½ will also work).

Tunes to 440 with a standard length barrel (generally 66 mm) Can play at 442 with a 65 mm barrel. Enhanced Lower Baffle for deeper and darker tone with reinforced lower harmonics.

Heard in professional orchestras around the world.

My most popular mouthpiece among professionals in the U.S.

Légère reed-friendly.”

 Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap 

CXZ_K11e – all the qualities of the K11, but now at 442

The CXZ_K11e has all the qualities of the K11, but at a higher pitch level if you need to tune to 442 (and above). There is also an attractive, additional “sparkle” to the sound.

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap

 

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CXZ_K13

 

 

Huge Success at ClarinetFest 2011! Sold every one I brought!

 

 CXZ_K13* - Enhanced version of the very popular CXZ_K13.

Closer tip than K13, enhanced facing.

The CXZ_K13 is an extremely popular soprano clarinet mouthpiece both in the U.S. and Europe. The CXZ_K13* is an enhancement of that product. It is currently my most popular mouthpiece!

Closer tip than the K13 and an enhanced facing curve give this mouthpiece a higher level of focus and clarity. Dark, warm ringing CORE tone, for maximum precision.  Optimized for Vandoren V12 #3 1/2 strength reed.

Tunes to 440 with a standard length barrel (generally 66 mm) Can play at 442 with a 65 mm barrel. Enhanced Lower Baffle and additional hand reaming and interior polishing.

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap

“VERY Légère reed-friendly.

 

CXZ_K13 - Similar to the old “13” facing.

Medium close tip, medium curve.

Same warm, dark tone, and response, as the K11, for those who prefer a slightly softer reed. I use a very reed friendly facing. Optimized for Vandoren V12 #3 ½ reeds.

Tunes to 440 with a standard length barrel (generally 66 mm) Can play at 442 with a 65 mm barrel. Enhanced Lower Baffle for deeper and darker tone with reinforced lower harmonics.

I sell more K13’s than any other model. They are played all over the world, from Tasmania to Iceland to Kazakhstan!.

 Légère reed-friendly.”

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap 

 

CXZ_K13e – all the qualities of the K13, but now at 442

The CXZ_K13e has all the qualities of the K13, but at a higher pitch level if you need to tune to 442 (and above). There is also an attractive, additional “sparkle” to the sound.

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap

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CXZ_K14

 

 

 
BIG hit at ClarinetFest 2012!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Popular in Europe, including principal players in major orchestras!

 

 CXZ_K14* - Enhanced version of the very popular CXZ_K14.

Closer tip than K14, enhanced facing.

The CXZ_K14 is an extremely popular soprano clarinet mouthpiece both in the U.S. and Europe. The CXZ_K14* is an enhancement of that product.

The CXZ_K14* preserves the warm dark tone of the CXZ_K13*, with a more free-blowing ease of playing. Sales at ClarinetFest 2012 were extremely good.

Dark, warm ringing CORE tone, for maximum precision.  Optimized for Vandoren V12 #3 to #3 1/2 strength reed.

Tunes to 440 with a standard length barrel (generally 66 mm) Can play at 442 with a 65 mm barrel. Enhanced Lower Baffle and additional hand reaming and interior polishing.

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap

“VERY Légère reed-friendly.”

CXZ_K14 Same warm tone as the CXZ_K13, but more free-blowing. Great for classical playing or as mouthpiece for doublers. Excellent for playing Jazz or Klezmer. See: http://www.clarinetxpress.com/jazz.html

Medium tip, medium curve.

It has a warm, “singing” tone, with great response. Very “free-blowing”.

I use a very reed friendly facing. Optimized for Vandoren V12 #3 or 3 ½ strength reeds.

Tunes to 440 with a standard length barrel (generally 66 mm) Can play at 442 with a 65 mm barrel.

Légère reed-friendly.”

 Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap 

 

CXZ_K14e – all the qualities of the K14, but now at 442

The CXZ_K14e has all the qualities of the K14, but at a higher pitch level if you need to tune to 442 (and above). There is also an attractive, additional “sparkle” to the sound. This is a great mouthpiece for the “pit” musician who struggles to stay up to pitch when switching between two or more instruments..

Price - $225, $245 with Ligature and Cap    

 

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