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.
Designed at Backun using advanced CAD/CAM software and tested with 3D printing technology, the mouthpieces are crafted from hard rod rubber on a highly advanced nine-axis CNC machine and finished in a unique done-in-one machining program that combines the milling and lathing processes without the need for a second setup or recalibration. This results in an exceptionally consistent mouthpiece that stays true to the original design.
Each mouthpiece helps the player centre articulation, pitch and altissimo, with impeccable ease and consistency of voicing. It is the first mouthpiece of its kind specifically designed to play well on both synthetic and cane reeds, in strengths 2.5 to 4.5. Articulation Management allows players to capture the appropriate length of articulations for different styles without increased effort. Now offered in two pitch levels A=440 and A=442. Please select which pitch level you wish to optimize your performance preferences.
R Model Bb - Close/Short
Evenness and a focus of sound that sings with ease are two characteristics of this close facing mouthpiece. The R allows artists to articulate with reduced effort, while ringing true with fabulous clarity. This is Hawkins’s choice for young artists looking to step up to a more complex mouthpiece.
G Model Bb - Medium/Medium
A medium faced mouthpiece that combines exceptional evenness and round tonal complexity. The G has a smoother influence on interval connections just where you need it. An all-around mouthpiece for those who prefer medium facings and lengths.
H Model Bb - Open/Long
The most open facing in the lineup, the H is both smooth and dark, with ample cushion for those who need more robust flexibility throughout the registers. This mouthpiece gives as much as it takes, requiring balanced breath support and unyielding passion in performance.
Z Model Bb - Extremely Open/Long
The Vocalise Z was developed to meet the needs of artists who prefer mouthpieces with a larger facing, while offering significant volume and projection. With a robust tone reminiscent of more current European models, the Z is Extremely Open/Long, with ample cushion for those who want a bold and unyielding tone.
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.
The R allows artists to articulate with reduced effort, while ringing true with fabulous clarity.
The G has a smoother influence on interval connections just when you need it.
The H is both smooth and dark, with ample cushion for those who want more flexibility.
Designed for artists who prefer a larger facing, while offering significant volume and projection.
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.
|Standard||Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha, and most other brands|
|Standard Plus||As above, larger bore for more free blowing feel|
|Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)|
|Yamaha CSG I, II and III|
|Standard||Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha (including CSG), and most other brands|
|Selmer Paris||Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)|
|MODEL||MATERIAL||OPENING||FACING LENGTH||COMPARES TO|
|R||Hard Rod Rubber||Close||Short||M13/15|
|G||Hard Rod Rubber||Medium||Medium||5RV/M30/BD5|
|H||Hard Rod Rubber||Open||Long||B40/B45|
|Z||Hard Rod Rubber||Extreme Open||Long||BD7|
||Matte||1.19 mm||Medium Long|
|CG Crystal Plus||Glossy||1.19 mm||Medium Long|
|CG Crystal||Matte Finish||1.80 mm||24 mm|
|CG Crystal Plus||Glossy Finish||1.80 mm||24 mm|
|CG Crystal||Matte Finish||1.19 mm||16.5 mm|
|CG Crystal Plus||Glossy Finish||1.19 mm||16.5 mm|
|MODEL||MATERIAL||OPENING||FACING LENGTH||COMPARES TO|