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I'm a sax player and I have been really getting into my clarinet playing recently. Here is my set up:
Selmer Centered Tone, Vandoren 5JB, el cheapo metal ligature, blue box 2 reeds

I am looking to experiment with reeds and maybe mpiece. Any suggestions?

BTW, I mostly play (98%) jazz on clarinet.

Thanks!
Zack
 

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Ok... Is there something that you don't like about your current set up?

We can suggest gear until the cows come home, but it would be nice to have a ballpark idea of what you are looking for.
Do you want darker, more focused, ???
How about a price range. I'm not going to suggest a $200 mouthpiece when all you have in the budget is $80!
 

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I agree with bandmommy. But just for the discussion, I was introduced to the 5JB years ago by a trad-jazz player in Phoenix. He had a nice sound using that piece and I bought one to try.

My results weren't the same (duh?) but the 5JB did give a VERY warm, spread, and full sound when I played it using adjusted #2 Vandoren reeds. Since then, I put it away and for the past few years have been using a Claude Lakey 5* mouthpiece (actually three of them, all made for me by Claude, one stamped "5*D"). They are a bit more sharp in pitch (which I need for my non-trained clarinet embouchure - Claude told me he made all of his clarinet pieces at A-443) but very strong and they give me good intonation when I use a Fibracell Premiere 1 1/2 reed.

I also enjoyed a Vandoren 66 mouthpiece, which was similar to the 5JB in feel and response but gave me much more focus than the 5JB. I don't know if a 66 is still available or not. A fellow SOTW member I met with several times to help with sopranos liked mine and sought out two on eBay, ending up with a 55 and a 66. I don't know what those numbers really mean, but he found two of them. DAVE
 

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Mostly looking for reed suggestions.....I've only ever used vandoren blue box reeds....just feeling like messing around a bit. On sax I play rico jazz selects and have only great things to say about them; I haven't found any "jazz" reeds for clarinet so just wondering what other people are using. I'm not opposed to checking out new mouthpieces as all I have is the 5JB (which I like) and a B45Lyre (which I don't like). Sound wise I'm generally pretty content with where I'm at, I think I'm looking to get a more woody and full tone though. Thanks!
 

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Ok! I can give you a few different reeds to try.
I play a Selmer Signature, Portnoy 3, and a Bonade inverted lig. I use Mitchel Lurie reeds in a 3/3.5 for nearly EVERYTHING.

I have tried LaVoz, Rico Royal, Rico Reserve/Grand Concert Selects, Vandoren classic/V12s', Rico Orange box.... Just about every brand/cut carried by my local music shop.
I always go back to the Lurie reeds. Better consistancy, flexability, and sound for me.
In the past few years Vandoren reeds have left me 'wanting'.

Give any of these a shot in the same strength as your current Classics. The Rico Reserves, Grand Concert, and V12s' you'll want to go down about a half step. They have a thicker heart and can feel 'stiff and stuffy'.
Just make sure that you get a box of them and not just 1 or 2 single reeds.

If you don't have a reed clipper or know how to adjust your reeds now would be the time to learn how to do it! :)
 

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If you're after woodier and warmer, I really recommend Vandoren 56 Le Pic reeds. Although I mainly play jazz too, I do play some straight music, and I like the Vandoren B40 for both genres. I used to play a 5JB but it was really excessive, even for jazz. The B40 is a richer sounding B45 - much more interesting.
 

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I play a 5JB on an R13 with Mitchell Lurie plain 3's. (M/L's tend to run softer than Vanny's.) Nice thing is almost every reed plays good.
 

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I play a Centered Tone and prefer an old Brilhart Tonalin 2*, with Lav Voz Med Soft reeds. It's easy and rich playing jazz. This instrument came with a Selmer HS* mouthpiece and a Purdue Band sticker on the case. I kept them both, but like the Brilhart best.
 
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