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« on: September 09, 2017, 10:02:58 AM »
I am lookng for John Pierce jazz clarinet mouthpiece? Any help?

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 04:26:47 PM »
Never heard of it. Something new? No doubt people will be piping up quickly with questions and opinions. Can't wait to see the thread expand, as mouthpiece chatter is always happening here.

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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 05:19:00 PM »
Never heard of it. Something new? No doubt people will be piping up quickly with questions and opinions. Can't wait to see the thread expand, as mouthpiece chatter is always happening here.

Bass first mentioned the John Pierce Jazz mpc's here. They are shaped similar to a Morgan or to sax mpc's. They are very open and work well with soft reeds. They are also not too expensive.
 I was very surprised at how well they worked for me. I have 4 or 5 of them. Just about every case has a JP mpc in it.
Very free blowing. I like them.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 11:26:02 PM »
Any help where to buy it? All the shops i checked are out of stock.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 07:33:49 PM »
Any help where to buy it? All the shops i checked are out of stock.


they are no longer made, so you are not likely to find any new unless there are some "new old-stock" hanging around in a music store .... i agree with Kalakos, they are quite good ... an alternativer I would recommend is a Morgan J series (Jazz) .. Morgan J5, J6 and J7 are excellent (but more expensive)  ...

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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017, 08:14:14 PM »

they are no longer made, so you are not likely to find any new unless there are some "new old-stock" hanging around in a music store .... i agree with Kalakos, they are quite good ... an alternativer I would recommend is a Morgan J series (Jazz) .. Morgan J5, J6 and J7 are excellent (but more expensive)  ...

I agree with Mporlos. The Morgans are very similar. I have only 3 Morgans, two J6 and one J7. And they are more expensive. But excellent.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 02:59:55 PM »
Bass first mentioned the John Pierce Jazz mpc's here. They are shaped similar to a Morgan or to sax mpc's. They are very open and work well with soft reeds. They are also not too expensive.
 I was very surprised at how well they worked for me. I have 4 or 5 of them. Just about every case has a JP mpc in it.
Very free blowing. I like them.


and a great name too  ;)   so far they been my favorite, but haven't played them in a long time.  maybe soon.   as always mouthpieces don't work the same for everyone, therefore trying as many as possible until you find yours.  i have few JP's but sorry i like to hang on to them since they don't make them anymore.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 03:22:27 PM »
I was very pleasantly surprised by how well the JP's play .... I agree with Bass' comments re: trying different mp's .... they really are a very personal "fit" .... I wish you luck in finding one .. .wont be easy !


In the meantime, I would suggest a Morgan J series (the facing 5 or 6 or 7 depends upon your playing style and reed), as a mouthpiece that has the same "feel" to it ... especially if are lucky enough to find one hand crafted by Ralph Morgan himself ... you could also try a Jody Jazz (also no longer made for clarinet) .. they are quite good, are smaller chambered, need a smaller diameter ligature but play very well ...


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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 08:01:03 PM »
They are shaped similar to a Morgan or to sax mpc's.
Ah yes, I remember seeing references to these now in the endless mouthpiece discussions.


Too bad they're not available anymore. I've always felt that that clarinet mouthpiece design should be radically rethought along the lines of how saxophone mouthpieces are made, but we're stuck with the Chedeville French concept for the most part (made for classical players) with mods to accommodate other approaches to clarinet playing. Vis., the usual B45, 5RV or whatever VanDoren, which members of this site use most often, are still a mod of a French classical mouthpiece (as is my preferred Charles Bay, I confess).


It seems to me the time is more than ripe for someone to really change how clarinet mouthpieces are made. All the options of chamber size and baffle and construction material have been explored by saxophone geeks for decades, but never have I encountered the same rethink for clarinet. So everybody from Albania to the New York Philharmonic plays on something made from the Chedeville blank, with most of us hunting for a lifetime in search of what works for our own musical expression. I've asked Morgan, Fobes and others about this philosophy and never had a reply.

 

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