Backun Musical Services
Demo Vocalise Mouthpieces
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 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.
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Please note that demo and pre-owned products are final sale and sold as is.
Vocalise R Clarinet Mouthpiece
Great mouthpiece, free blowing and the intonation is excellent; I would recommend this mouthpiece for any clarinet player wanting to step up from a student mouthpiece. I bought it as a Demo it was in pristine condition and looked unused. Regards T.M. King
Vocalise Demo mouthpiece
Great craftsmanship but not for me
Thr mouthpiece craftsmanship is great. In fact, my normal mouthpiece is a G. However, I saw the demo sale and felt like I should try another. After getting it, the sound quality is just not what I want. It’s not wrong, just not for me. I’ll play around with it a bit more but I can for sure say the craftsmanship is right there with the two G mouthpieces I own.
The Vocalise line are fantastic! Gorgeous sound, very easy to play with a ton of control available. Home run with this line from Backun/Hawkins. I play the G, and the CG - both are tremendous.
I’m finding excellent intonation. full bodied tone and clarity in all registers.
Vocalise mouthpieces demos
The mouth pieces are in excellent shape for being demos . They play exceptionally well . I am very happy with them . Thanks for letting me know about your sale .