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 HawkinsOutstanding 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 Bb 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.
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Vocalise mouthpiece is very good. Could you possibly make them with a bit more narrow profile for the beak ? Thanks
I now use Vocalise mouthpieces on my Bb, A, and Bass clarinets. They have helped me achieve a consistent tone and sound. I'm very satisfied with the craftsmanship and consistency of the product.
I am using a Préstige cocobolo with a Moba bell and barrel and a Rovner Versa ligature. I bought the Vocalise R. I usually have trouble crossing the break. Not so with this mouthpiece. Articulation and response was great. Easier to play. Bright sound. Other mouthpieces in my collection include Paris 7JB-88, BD5, and M13-88; Clark W Fobes Debut; Selmer C85-120 and B45. They all have their own character, but I think I am going to enjoy this new mouthpiece more.
Great new mouthpiece, no longer squawk on lower notes
Provides a nice full sound, will need to acclimate a bit and find the perfect reed combo
I love the versatility the TM1 gives me! It has awesome projection, but great control on vibrato. 10/10 recommend!
This is an excellent mouthpiece that allows for a beautiful even sound, not to mention superior response & articulation.