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 Demo 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.
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.
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 .