Vandoren E♭, Alto and Bass Clarinet Mouthpieces

Mouthpiece Structure

Tip opening: the distance between the reed tip and the end of the mouthpiece. Measured at the tip, typically described as narrow (small), medium or open (large).
Facing: the various dimensions that together are the platform upon which the reed vibrates.
Facing length: the distance over which the reed flexes during vibration, typically described as short, medium or long.
Baffle: the area just behind the reed tip that exerts control upon the airstream, typically described as high (accentuating upper partials in the sound) or low (bringing out lower partials).
Chamber: the space behind the baffle where the sound develops, typically described as small, medium or large.
Throat: the transition between the chamber and the bore.
Bore: the area within the mouthpiece leading into the instrument itself.
Beak: the angle of the 'top' of the mouthpiece and the resting position for the upper teeth. The angle of the beak varies between different manufacturers and a player may feel more comfortable with a higher or lower angle of the beak. For B♭ Clarinet, Vandoren offer a choice.

Mouthpiece Opening

E♭ Clarinet

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.065
FACING Short
WHAT WE THINK...
The 5RV E♭ mouthpiece is world famous for the quality of it sound and ease of response. It is virtually a professional standard of comparison. Performs best with higher strength reeds.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.105
FACING Medium
WHAT WE THINK...
The B44 E♭ mouthpiece has been designed for symphonic music and has been a standard choice of musicians for decades. Great projection.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.105
FACING Medium
WHAT WE THINK...
The B40 E♭ mouthpiece has been designed to use softer reeds without sacrificing the sound qualities provided by stronger reeds. Comfortable to blow and flexible in musical application with a warmer tonal quality than the B44.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.17
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The M30 has the widest tip opening in the Vandoren E♭ range and is suited to soft and mid-strength reeds. Tonal warmth, great blend and evenness of response are the hallmarks of this mouthpiece.
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Alto Clarinet

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.26
FACING Medium
WHAT WE THINK...
The 5RV alto clarinet mouthpiece is virtually a professional standard of comparison. Brightly colourful in sound and precise in articulation. Designed for use with stronger reeds.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.38
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The B44 alto clarinet mouthpiece has been designed for symphonic music. It is warmer in tonal quality than the 5RV. The B44 has a lovely centred sound with great ease of response.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.38
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The B40 alto clarinet mouthpiece has been designed to use soft reeds without sacrificing the sound quality of a stronger reed. The warmest and most rounded sound of the Vandoren alto clarinet mouthpieces.
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Bass Clarinet

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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.84
FACING Medium
WHAT WE THINK...
The B44 bass clarinet mouthpiece is an extremely popular mouthpiece designed for all types of classical playing.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.93
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The B40 bass clarinet mouthpiece has been designed to use softer reeds without sacrificing the sound quality of a stronger reed. A more centred and rounded quality of sound than the B45.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 1.93
FACING Medium Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The B45 bass clarinet mouthpiece is particularly suited for players preferring a wider tip opening. The B45 has powerful sound couple with great response. A wind band favourite.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.05
FACING Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The B46 bass clarinet mouthpiece is recommended for jazz and some classical musicians who prefer a wider tip opening. The wider tip provides great flexibility and allows the use of soft and mid-strength reeds.
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TIP OPENING (MM) 2.15
FACING Long
WHAT WE THINK...
The B50 bass clarinet mouthpiece is the latest mouthpiece with the widest tip opening in the Vandoren bass clarinet range. It produces a compact, full and deeply resonant sound quality with great ease of production and accurate response in the upper register and great attack and projection.
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