Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces

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  • Complex simplicity by Hawkins and Backun

    “It has long been my goal to create a clarinet mouthpiece that satisfies the nuances of change while preserving the history of the craft.” – Richard Hawkins

    Outstanding artist. Renowned educator. Master craftsman. Words and praise that are often bestowed upon Richard Hawkins. After decades of collecting, observing and crafting mouthpieces for many of the world’s finest artists, Hawkins collaborated with Backun Musical Services to develop a series of mouthpieces with tonal ring and clarity that will change the course of mouthpiece history.

    Designed for all ages and experience levels, the Vocalise Series of B♭ mouthpieces features a model for every player and occasion, all of which belong in your clarinet case. Complex resonance at a reasonable price.

Note: All New Mouthpieces from Backun are cleaned, disinfected and sterilized for your health and safety. 

Washing Instructions: We recommend you wash your mouthpieces with warm water and mild dishwashing soap and then air dry it on a clean cloth. In classroom and group situations, we recommend the use of the Red Sterisol cleaner for its proven capability to clean, deodorize and sanitize mouthpieces. 

Please do not immerse your mouthpieces in, or clean your mouthpieces with, isopropyl, or other members of the hydroxyl group of products. 

Vocalise Models

 

 

R

Close/Short

The R allows artists to articulate with reduced effort, while ringing true with fabulous clarity.

 

G

Medium/Medium

The G has a smoother influence on interval connections just when you need it.

 

H

Open/Long

The H is both smooth and dark, with ample cushion for those who want more flexibility.

 

Z

Extremely Open/Long

Designed for artists who prefer a larger facing, while offering significant volume and projection.

 

Richard Hawkins on the New Vocalise Z

One gets excited about the development of something new and unusually rare in the history of clarinet mouthpieces. Together with the team at Backun, we developed the Vocalise Z model to give players not only polished flexibility, but volume and pop to the core sound. It is louder, bigger and has the dexterity to shine in any type of music. It is a mouthpiece like no other in its ability, out-of-the-box, to be louder in tone without the typical harshness, yet it does not require more embouchure pressure to perform. Addicting to play and hard to put down, this model has exceeded my expectations. 

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04/13/2022
Nancy F.
United States United States

My set up.

Didn’t work for me personally. I guess I just like my M15.

05/12/2022

Backun Musical Services

I'm sorry to hear that this mouthpiece was not your preference, but I'm pleased to say you've received a full refund thanks to our 14 day return policy. If you'd like to try another Backun Mouthpiece we are ready when you are!

DB
03/07/2022
Doug B.
United States United States

Mouthpiece R2

This is my second mouthpiece and it has proven to be as solid performer as the first one.

PL
03/07/2022
Peter L.
Canada Canada

Easiest Mouthpiece so far....

I was hesitant to play the mouthpiece, because it was expensive and I had thoughts of returning it. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it is to blow and the notes came out pretty nice. My previous mouthpiece was Van Doren B45, but Vocalise R worked better for me. I was always been a fan of the synthetic Legere reeds (European series) and since this mouthpiece is designed for it, makes it easy playing a fact. I need all the help I can get.

LD
01/08/2022
Lois D.
United States United States

Love it

The first thing I noticed is how consistent this mouthpiece plays in all registers. It is responsive to different styles and dynamics. I chose the H model, based solely on the description, and I think it will be my permanent set up! I have not had a chance to play it in an ensemble yet, but at home, the resonance indicates I will be able to project and blend with the group.

MM
01/01/2022
Marina M.
United States United States

Best Mouthpiece Ever

As someone who was away from the clarinet for many years, I have been going through a number of mouthpieces, and having to work very hard to achieve and maintain a good sound. This is an amazing mouthpiece that allows me to readily play beautiful sound consistently and reach the entire upper range of the clarinet easily. Thank You!

01/05/2022

Backun Musical Services

You're welcome Marina! So happy to hear that you're loving your new mouthpiece!

TB
11/23/2021
Tom B.
Canada Canada

I Love It

I've been playing (chamber music and jazz) on the new mouthpiece for a few months, and love it; I played for years on your fine Model S, and find that for me the new design is perfect in every way: ease of altissimo, evenness, intonation, easy control of dynamics and of large leaps. You've done clarinet students and pros a great service with this affordable and user-friendly mouthpiece.