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Clark W Fobes NOVA Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece  CF+ 

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Ideal for the advancing student, the Fobes NOVA Bb clarinet mouthpiece employs many features only found on $200.00+ custom mouthpieces. NOVA series m...Click To Read More About This Product

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The ideal step-up mouthpiece.

Ideal for the advancing student, the Fobes NOVA Bb clarinet mouthpiece employs many features only found on $200.00+ custom mouthpieces. NOVA series mouthpieces are professionally finished, hard rubber mouthpieces that produce wonderful results. The popular NOVA Bb clarinet mouthpiece is a custom proprietary mold manufactured at J.J.Babbitt Co. All of the Bb mouthpieces are hand-bored for excellent response and intonation, finished with a CF+ facing and play-tested and adjusted for optimal color and response.

FEATURES
  • Facing: Medium
  • Material: Hard Rubber
  • Tip: 1.08 mm / .043
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NOVA Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

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Clark W FobesNOVA Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
 
4.3

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5.0

A solid, reliable, pro-level mouthpiece, for students, too!

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from Decatur GA and Washington D.C.

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Pros

  • Dependable
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Price-worthy
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Band
    • Practicing
    • Skill-building

    Comments about Clark W Fobes NOVA Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    This hard rubber hand-made mouthpiece by Mr. Fobes serves as the basic, reliable musical tool that has been recommended by generations of clarinet pedagogues such as Keith Stein: The Nova (in the routine CF+ facing) has a medium facing length and tip opening, a medium baffle, and a medium chamber. That all sounds a bit ordinary, but it is the time-tested formula for a secure, responsive, predictable tool that elevates the essential skills of voicing and articulating. Any other, more extreme mouthpiece designs might seem more charismatic at first, but they are not as secure or predictable, and they are more sensitive to problematic reeds.

    The Nova is a hand-made mouthpiece: No surprise that each of the four I tried was excellent but slightly different from the others. I suggest trying a few and choosing one that suits you. I own two in the CF+ facing, and my best results are with the "plain" Vandoren #3 or the V12 3-1/2. I use my Nova in performances with my Yamaha YCL-20 (in a Uniformed Services band, outdoors) and with my YCL-CS (wind ensemble, indoors), and I am completely satisfied. It works well with R-13s, too.

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pro Quality Mouthpiece

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    from Sacramento, CA

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    Comments about Clark W Fobes NOVA Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    This is definitely better than any student mouthpiece I've ever tried and rivals most in my pro collection. The tone quality, stability, intonation, and response are all there. I find it very curious that this is referred to as a student mouthpiece.

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Okay, but just wasn't for me

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    from Lodi, CA

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    Comments about Clark W Fobes NOVA Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    I bought this mouthpiece at the same time I bought my Clark Fobes barrel(which is by far the best I've used). And unfortunately, I wasn't too thrilled about this one. The bore of the mouthpiece is huge, which made it difficult to handle with my ligature, and the sound is a little airy. It might be the reeds, I use Gonzalez F.O.F reeds, but this just doesn't really fit my classical needs. It might be a decent jazz mouthpiece, but its just a little too much. I have found the Vandoren M13 Mouthpiece to be much much better than this one, and I recommend it to anybody. I have also heard tons of great responses to Fobes' SF Mouthpiece, which I plan on trying out next.

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