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991 Wildwood Lane

Highland Park, IL 60035

walter@clarinetxpress.com

 

World Class Clarinet Mouthpieces

Please remember:

 When you order my mouthpieces, you are getting a high-quality hand-crafted mouthpiece. Creating a great mouthpiece takes time and care. Every mouthpiece is individually hand-crafted and extensively play tested. It is not unusual for me to test a mouthpiece one mouthpiece  for hours before shipping it  to a customer. My mouthpieces have become very popular. Please give me a little time to fill your order.


I am trying very hard to keep my mouthpieces affordable. If you comparison shop you will see that most of my competitors change more than I do. I know that many of my customers are students on limited budgets or live in countries where the cost of a hand crafted mouthpiece is prohibitive.

 

 Now all mouthpieces can be purchased with a Rovner Dark Ligature and Cap, if desired. Select option on shopping cart page.


 

Bb/A Clarinet Mouthpieces:

NEW : Virtuoso Mouthpieces
K-Style Mouthpieces
G-Style Mouthpieces
Personal Series Mouthpieces
Jazz/Klezmer Mouthpiece

Bringing back the Chicago Mouthpiece!!!
1stChair-Student Mouthpiece

Other Clarinet Mouthpieces:

NEW: Virtuoso Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece
C clarinet mouthpieces
Eb Clarinet Mouthpieces
Alto Clarinet Mouthpiece
Basset Horn Mouthpiece
Bass Clarinet Mouthpieces
EB Contra Alto Mouthpiece
BBb Contra Bass Mouthpiece
Serial Number Policy
Mouthpiece Trials
Mouthpiece "Optimization"
Mouthpiece Re-facing
Customer Comments
ClarinetXpress Home Page
Clarinet Mouthpiece Facings Explained
Soprano Clarinet Mouthpiece Comparison Chart

  Grabner Style Mouthpieces

CXZ_G11*
CXZ_G13*
CXZ_G13


Clarinet Mouthpieces

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. To contact me, click here.

Clarinetists who play Grabner mouthpieces win auditions. Recent wins:

    Kate McDermott - Gothenburg Opera Orchestra - Co-Principal

    Kei Funagama -  Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra - Second/bass clarinet

    Samuel Rothstein -  Indianapolis Symphony - Bass and Third Clarinet

    Grimur Helgason - Icelandic Symphony - 2nd, Assistant Principal, Eb clarinet

    Eric Jacobs - Seattle Symphony - Bass and Third Clarinet

If you have recently won an audition playing a Grabner mouthpiece, let us know!

Now in my seventeenth year of business, I have been fortunate to enjoy considerable success with my mouthpieces.


Since 1998, I have hand crafted over 10,000 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




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A collection of Grabner mouthpieces.

 

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

 

 


 

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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 #4 ˝, #4, #3 ˝, or #3 reeds. Of course, other brands of reeds work fine, such as Gonzales, Legere, Vandoren Rue Lepic, Peter Leuthner, etc.

 

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.

My hand-crafted mouthpieces have been “sighted” in the following professional groups:

In the United States:

The Presidents Ownť Marine Corps Band

Annapolis Symphony

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

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

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Madison (WI) Chamber Orchestra

Maryland Symphony

Naples (FL) Philharmonic

New Haven Symphony

New Mexico Symphony

New York City Ballet Orchestra

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

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)

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)

Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra(Poland)

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 Paranaˇ

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

 

To report a Grabner mouthpiece “sighting,” just click below and send me an e-mail.

 

 

Trial and Return Policy

 

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.

 

Soprano Mouthpiece Comparison Chart

 

Model/Links

Tip

 

Tip in mm

Curve

Pitch

Character

Reed

Virtuoso Open
1.10
  Medium
440
Free Blowing - Warm
3 ˝ -4
   Chicago
Closest
.98 - 1.00
   Short
440
   Precise/Clear
  3 ˝ -4

 

CXZ_G11*

Close

 

1.01-1.03

Medium-Enhanced

440

DARKEST/PROJECTS

3 ˝ -4

 

CXZ_G13*

Medium Close

 

1.06-1.07 

Medium-Enhanced

440

DARKEST/PROJECTS

3 1/2

 

CXZ_G13

Medium

 

1.075-1.10

Medium

440

DARKEST/WARMEST

3 1/2

CXZ_AW_PERS

Medium Close

1.04 - 1.06

Medium

440

Warm/Dark/Lyric

3 ˝

CXZ_K11

Close

1.01 - 1.03

Medium

440

Projects/Lively/Darkest

3 ˝ - 4

CXZ_K11*

Close

1.00 - 1.02

Medium - enhanced

440

Projects/Dark/Focused

4

CXZ_K11e

Close

1.01 - 1.03

Medium

442

Projects/Lively/Darkest

3 ˝ - 4

CXZ_K13

Medium Close

1.04 - 1.06

Medium

440

Projects/Lively/Darker

3 ˝ 

CXZ_K13*

Medium Close

1.03 - 1.05

Medium - enhanced

440

Projects/Dark/Focused

3 ˝

CXZ_K13e

Medium Close

1.04 - 1.06

Medium

442

Projects/Lively/Darker

3 ˝ 

CXZ_K14

Medium

1.10

Medium

440

Projects/Lively/Free

3 - 3 ˝

CXZ_K14*

Medium

1.07

Medium - enhanced

440

Projects/Dark/Free

3 - 3 ˝

CXZ_K14e

Medium

1.07 - 1.09

Medium

442

Projects/Lively/Free

3 - 3 ˝

 

I have a fetish about making the facing what I call a rational curve. Sure, it’s fine to "hit the numbers," but you can do that and still have a poor mouthpiece. In short, my technique ensures that "between the numbers" there is a smooth, even, logical progression to the curve. I engineer my facings to be as reed friendly as I possibly can.

 

* 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Please don not return your trial mouthpieces with packaging looking like this. There will be a $2 packaging replacement fee.

 

This mouthpiece was returned to me using a padded soft-sided envelope.

 

To return mouthpieces, use the box in which they were sent to you.

 

 

 

Copyright: Walter Grabner, 2004