Point taken Arnold. If I bump into one of these I'll certainly try it.
My mouthpiece issue on clarinet
(and bass clarinet
) is surely tied to the fact that I'm a saxophone player first. I pump a lot of air into the instrument, so most clarinet
mouthpiece designs (i.e. the french chedeville) can't handle what I'm trying to do. The Charles Bays have a somewhat lowered baffle, making them much more free blowing and accommodating to multi-instrumentalists. Perhaps that's why they have been favoured by Hollywood sound stage pros over the years. If you have to switch from oboe to clarinet
to saxophone to flute all in one afternoon session, you don't want the grief of a close tip and VanD #5s like an orchestra player uses. I split the difference: a medium open and 3 1/2s. Can sound classical enough as required, jazzy for the right moments.