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Walter Grabner

991 Wildwood Lane

Highland Park, IL 60035

walter@clarinetxpress.com

847-266-8644

 

I have been hand-crafting and selling clarinet mouthpieces for over 20 years. However, everyday I seem to learn something new and exciting. Sometimes it is a new technique that offers better quality. Sometimes, it is a small design change that can make major differences in tone and resonance . After all these years, I am still excited about working with mouthpieces!

 



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Grabner
HiTech Clarinet
Mouthpieces

Customers Say:

 “I can’t stop playing your mouthpiece. Congratulations on a new era.”

              "This mouthpiece is great. You are really on to something here"

                  “You got the application of the technology just right.”

                             "You hit it out of the ballpark with this one.” 

                                                         

NEWS ABOUT THE MOUTHPIECES

After three years of research and study, I am proud to announce that I am now designing and manufacturing all my new mouthpieces. I call them the Grabner HiTech Clarinet Mouthpieces. Since the retirement of Hans Zinner, I am the only mouthpiece craftsman to completely redesign and manufacture not one or two mouthpieces, but an entire line of mouthpieces, including:

  • Eb Clarinet
  • Bb/A Clarinet
  • Alto Clarinet
  • Bassett Horn
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Contra Alto Clarinet
  • Contra Bass Clarinet

Produced using cutting-edge, 21st-century technologies, these mouthpices were designed using CAD software and are realized through additive manufacturing. The designs are traditional, with subtle improvements that help meet the demands placed on the 21st century clarinetist.

I want to extend a big thank you to the clarinet community. The acceptance of my new mouthpiece models has been very gratifying! Since July 2019, we have made and sold over 600 mouthpieces! They are appearing in ensembles worldwide. Some mouthpieces are already appearing in major symphonies and on Broadway. 

Last year, I took the plunge and bought a high-level 3D printer for my home workshop. I bought it to be able to increase my prototyping turnaround time from a week to a day. Due to stay-at-home mandates and social distancing, I have had plenty of time to work with the machine. Imagine my surprise when I found out I could manufacture my own world class mouthpieces! 

Directly below is a table of all the available Grabner HiTech Mouthpieces. To get more information, just click on the mouthpiece name.

Grabner HiTech Clarinet Mouthpieces

 All made personally, by me, in my new 3D printer farm.

 Type of Material
TypeClick for information or to orderPitchTip openingPriceDescription
Black VelvetEb Clarinet Mthp 
 E4C

440Close   $225        Intro      Price  Great for band and orchestral playing
*
Black Velvet
White Velvet
Radiance
Ivory
Bb Clarinet MthpS4C440Close$225
Intro
Price
Great accuracy and precision
Black Velvet
White Velvet
Radiance
Ivory
Bb Clarinet MthpS4M440Medium$225
Intro
Price
Best all purpose mouthpiece
Black Velvet
White Velvet
Radiance
Ivory
Bb Clarinet Mthp
Designed for Legere
  S4M-LE  440   Medium$225   Intro   Price   Designed specifically for Legere European cut.
Black Velvet
White Velvet
Radiance
Ivory
Bb Clarinet MthpS4MO440Medium Open$225
Intro
Price
Great for the pit musician, or jazz player
Black Velvet
Bb Clarinet MthpS4P1440Close$225
Intro
Price
Designed for complete ease of playing
*
Black VelvetAlto Clarinet MthpA4M440Medium$325Classic design, warm inviting sound
Black VelvetBassett Horn MthpBH4M440Medium$375True Bassett Horn facing.
*
 Black Velvet
White Velvet
Radiance
Ivory 
Bass Clarinet MthpB4C440Close$225
Intro Price
Classic design, world class mouthpiece
 Black Velvet
White Velvet
Radiance
Ivory 
Bass Clarinet MthpB4M440Medium$225
Intro
Price
More open big projection
*
Black Velvet
Contra Alto Clarinet Mthp
(if you have a Leblanc Contra Alto, order the CB4M instead)
CA4M440Medium$400World class design and execution
Black Velvet. Contra Bass Clarinet MthpCB4M440Medium$400World's best Contra Bass mouthpiece?


If you have a question about any of my mouthpieces, please contact me. I am ALWAYS interested and available to answer your questions. I am most easily contacted by e-mail and try to answer all inquires. 

Since 1998, I have hand crafted over 17,000 mouthpieces!      

I have shipped mouthpieces to clarinetists in professional orchestras and bands and at leading music schools around the world, including the following countries:

United States

Australia

Austria

Argentina

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

England

Finland

France

Germany

Guatemala

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Republic of Korea

Latvia

Luxembourg

Malta

Malaysia

Mexico

The Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Peru

The Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Scotland

Singapore

Slovakia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Ukraine

Uruguay

Venezuela




 

 

I perform extensively in orchestras, in recital, and as a soloist, and I am proud to say I play exclusively on my own mouthpieces.

 

I am one of the very few mouthpiece craftsmen who make mouthpieces for all clarinets:


 

  • Eb Soprano
  • C Clarinet
  • Bb and A Clarinet
  • Alto Clarinet
  • Basset Horn
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
  • BBb Contra Bass Clarinet 

 


 

A Family of Grabner mouthpieces

 



Optimized, What does this mean?

 

Some might call it reed friendly. Since my earliest days as a mouthpiece maker, I have attempted to optimize a given mouthpiece to a certain strength (and brand) of reed. Most of my mouthpieces are optimized for Vandoren V12 reeds and the most popular strengths, either #3, 3.5, 3.75, or 4. Of course, other brands of reeds work fine, such as Gonzales, Vandoren Rue Lepic, Peter Leuthner, etc.

Every soprano clarinet mouthpiece is also tested using Legere Signature European Cut Reeds.

The S4M-LE and the S4P1 are specifically designed to use the Legere Signature European Cut Reeds.

 

The concept is to make mouthpieces that fit reeds that are available, making reed selection easier and adjustment less arduous. Each mouthpiece is tested against several representative reeds fitting the description and style of the mouthpiece. How well I succeed can only be decided by your reactions and playing experiences.  Any feedback you can give me is welcomed.

      

      

"Grabner Mouthpiece Sightings"

In the United States:

The Presidents Ownť Marine Corps Band

Amarillo Symphony Orchestra

Annapolis Symphoy

Arkansas Symphony

Ashville Symphony

Bellevue Symphony Orchestra

Beloit/Janesville Orchestra

Broadway Show Orchestras

Cedar Rapids Symphony

Charlotte Symphony

Chicago Chamber Players

Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Symphony

Cleveland Symphony

Columbus Symphony

Dayton Symphony

           Detroit Symphony

Eastern Connecticut Symphony

Eugene (Oregon) Symphony

Evansville Symphony

Galveston Symphony

Golden State Pops Orchestra

Grant Park Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony

Green Bay Symphony

Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Honolulu Symphony

The Illinois Symphony

Indianapolis Symphony

Jacksonville Symphony

Kansas City Civic Opera

Kansas City Symphony

Las Vegas Show Bands

Louisville Symphony

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Madison (WI) Chamber Orchestra

Maryland Symphony

Naples (FL) Philharmonic

New Haven Symphony

New Mexico Symphony

New York City Ballet Orchestra

New York Philharmonic

Phoenix Symphony

Portland Symphony

Portland Opera

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra

Quad Cities Symphony

Richmond Symphony

Ridgefield (CT) Symphony

Rockford (IL) Symphony

Royal Hawaiian Band

Santa Fe Opera Orchestra

Saint Louis Symphony

Seattle Symphony

South Carolina Philharmonic

South Dakota Symphony

Southwest Michigan Symphony

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

US Air Force Band

United States Army Field Band 

US Army Ground Forces Band

US Coast Guard Band

Virginia Symphony

Waterbury (CT) Symphony

Waukegan Symphony

Wheaton Municipal Band

York (PA) Symphony Orchestra

 

International:

 

Aargauer Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland)

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Sydney Opera)

Banda Musicale della Marina Militare Italiana

Bilbao Symphony Orchestra

Bogota Philharmonic

CastleWard Opera Company (Ireland)

City of Southhampton Orchestra (UK)

English Chamber Orchestra

Gothenburg Opera (Sweden)

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Icelandic Opera Orchestra

Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

Israel Philharmonic

Kindred Spirits Orchestra (Ontario, Canada)

Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (Russia)

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

Lugano (Italy) Wind Symphony

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Mexico City Philharmonic

National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia

Nice Philharmonic Orchestra

Novosibirsk Academic opera and ballet theater

Odessa National Theater Opera and Ballet(Ukraine)

Orquesta a Base de Sopro - Brazil

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Italy)

Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato

Orquestra Simfonica Sant Cugat

Orquestra Sinfonica Estadual do Parana¡

Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra

Philharmonic of Bogota

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Australia)

Rome (Italy) Philharmonic

Royal Australian Air Force Band

Royal Danish Lifeguards Band

Royal Dutch Marine Band

Royal Norwegian Air Force Band

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Swedish Opera (Stockholm)

Silesian Opera Company Czech Republic

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan

Stratford Shakespeare Festival Orchestra

Swedish Armed Forces Navy Band

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Symphony New Brunswick, Canada

Symphony Orchestra of Alicante (Spain)

Ulster (Northern Ireland) Symphony Orchestra

Ukraine National Opera Orchestra

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Young National Orchestra of Spain

 

Other venues:

Broadway Musicals

London West End Musicals

Las Vegas Shows

Film Score Recordings

To report a Grabner mouthpiece sighting, just send me an e-mail.
 

 

Trial and Return Policy

**** NEW POLICY ON REFUNDS - IMPORTANT ****

We are sorry to say that, effective May 1, 2021, any refunds on sales processed  through PayPal, will be charged a 3.1% surcharge. This is due to policies that PayPal enacted in 2019. The surcharge is NOT extra revenue for ClarinetXpress, but compensates for PayPal fees that are NO :LONGER refunded by PayPal back to the seller.


We will be examining other alternatives to online payments due to this development.

 

Please do not ask me to ship you mouthpieces without a deposit payment. Mouthpiece blanks are not free, and my time is not free. I have a liberal trial and return policy that should easily meet your needs. 

 

Trial Rules:

 

You may order by using the shopping cart (PayPal), sending a check, or calling with a credit card number. All mouthpieces must be paid for in full before I can ship them. Refunds on returned mouthpieces are processed promptly.

 

Your invoice has two dates, the Invoice date (shipping date) and a Due Date. The trial period ends on Due Date (Set to three weeks after Invoice date, four weeks for international orders).  

 

Returned mouthpieces must be postmarked by the Due Date indicated on the invoice.

 

Returned mouthpieces postmarked after Due Date are considered purchased and will be returned to purchaser.  E-mail in advance if there is going to be an unavoidable delay.

 

Mouthpieces returned with non-removable tooth and/or ligature scratches will be considered purchased and returned.

 

There is a $5 cleaning/sterilization fee per each returned mouthpiece.

 

There is a $2 fee if the packaging box/label must be replaced.

 

Please use a box to mail returned mouthpieces. Padded envelopes do NOT work. click here to see an example.

 

If you are returning a mouthpiece, you are responsible for it until it arrives at my address, printed above. To be safe:

Ship the item using an approved carrier.

Save all tracking info or other proof of shipment.

 

I recommend USPS Priority Mail. Within the U.S. USPS Priority mail is very safe and reliable, but not infallible. To be completely safe, use Signature confirmation and/or insurance.

 

 

Serial Number Tracking

 

As a service to my mouthpiece customers, I put serial numbers on my mouthpieces. In my records, I keep serial #, facing info, internal and external dimensions, and type and origin of blank.  Therefore, if YOUR mouthpiece is lost or broken, I can duplicate it for you.  This is important protection for your future playing security.

 

 

  

* Pitch:  I offer mouthpieces at 440 and 442. Of course, I cannot guarantee the pitch of your clarinet by mouthpiece alone. There are too many other factors. What it does mean, is that the 440 mouthpieces will generally play at 440 with a standard 66 mm barrel. The 442 mouthpieces will play higher using that same barrel.

 

The 440 mouthpieces can play at 442 with a shorter barrel, usually 1 mm shorter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright: Walter Grabner, 2004