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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. Sometime it is a new technique that offers better quality. Sometime, 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.

 

To order mouthpieces:

Soprano Clarinet Mouthpieces - A440

Soprano Clarinet Mouthpieces - A442

Harmony Clarinet Mouthpieces

Or look through the matrix below.

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Grabner
HiTech Clarinet
Mouthpieces

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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.” 

                       

                                   

                                   “This mouthpice is grat

  News about the new mouthpieces!  

After months of research and study, I am proud to announce that I am now producing mouthpieces from my own designs. 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 very high-end additive manufacturing. The designs are traditional, with subtle improvements that help meet the demands placed on the 21st century clarinetist.

I have been asked several times why I chose additive manufacturing to produce my mouthpieces, and about the material I selected. Click here for a bit more information.

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, we have made and sold over 400 mouthpieces! They are appearing in ensembles worldwide. Some mouthpieces are already appearing in major symphonies and on Broadway. 

Some models are already clear winners. The B1C bass clarinet mouthpiece has had a amazing reception. For more information, click here.

The S2C, the S3M and the S3M-LE soprano clarinet mouthpieces have also developed a wide following.

Look for more innovation throughout the coming year.

I received an email from a long-time customer about his experiences trying out one of my new mouthpieces. I asked him if I might include his comments on my website. Of course, it is always nice to receive testimonials, but the real reason I included it is that he describes, better than I have ever done, my exact concept of mouthpiece-making.

Click here to read his comments.

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 New Models
GenerationTypeNew NamePitchTip OpeningPriceReplaces
Click  name for more info or to order.
Generation 1

Bb/A/CS1C440Close$225CXZ_K11*

S1M
440Medium$225CXZ_K13*

S1MO440Medium Open$225CXZ_K14
Bb/A/C (442)S1C2442Close$250CXZ_K11e
S1M2442Medium$250CXZ_K13e
S1MO2442Medium Open$250CXZ_K14e
Customer FavoriteEbE1C440Close$250CXZ_EB_PERS
Customer FavoriteAltoA1M440Medium$325CX_BA
Customer
Favorite
Basset HornBH1M440Medium$375CX_BH
Customer
Favorite
BassB1C440Close$400CXZ_LB
BassB1MO440Medium Open$350CX_BB_90
Customer
Favorite
Contra AltoCA1M440Medium$400CX_EB_CA
Customer
Favorite
Contra BassCB1M440Medium$400CX_BB_CN
Generation  2
Customer
Favorite
Bb/A/CS2C440Close$310CXZ_G11*
S2M440Medium$310CXZ_G13*
S2MO440Medium Open$310Virtuoso
Customer
Favorite
BassB2M440Medium$400Virtuoso Bass
Generation 3
Customer
Favorite
Bb/A/CS3M440Medium$390NEW
 S3C440 Close$390 Chicago
 Customer
 Favorite
Bb/A/C Legere Specific S3M-LE440  Close         $390  New
   NEW!!!! Bb/A Legere Specific - for more mature players. SP1      440   Close-   $145   New
  New Design!!!!
  New Material!!!!
 Bb/A/CSP2440        Medium Close$145    New

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 11,000 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 S3M-LE and the SP1 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

Grand Rapids Symphony

Grant Park 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

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

 

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