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Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

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The evolution of Ebonite.

The Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite mouthpiece features a new internal and external design, offering musicians a full sound, rich in depth and color, especially in the upper register of the clarinet. The perfect balance between a dark, rich, yet compact sound. One facing available: BD5.

The new Vandoren Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite mouthpiece has amazing clarity, depth and presence, With its unique chamber, it has a sound that is all of its own, yet unmistakably Vandoren. Flawless intonation, sound and performance, the Vandoren Black Diamond 13 Series mouthpiece is a rarity among mouthpieces.


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VandorenBD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (11)

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    (1)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dark tone, f

This is easily one of the best mouthpieces I've every played! I've used different Vandoren models in the past (M15, M13 Lyre) and have found them to be great overall, but the...Read complete review

This is easily one of the best mouthpieces I've every played! I've used different Vandoren models in the past (M15, M13 Lyre) and have found them to be great overall, but the Black Diamond has it all. First, the tone: if you're looking for a dark, centered tone, look no further. The BD5 is rich and smooth sounding, but not stuffy. The tone stays focused and centered and does not go thin or muffled in any registers. The altissimo is where it really shines! Forget those harsh, shrill highs; the BD5 lets the high notes sing while still retaining a darkness that I haven't found elsewhere. There's also a very apparent smoothness and fluidity throughout the entire range of the instrument. I haven't experienced a mouthpiece that allows such easy jumps between registers while maintaining such control. Articulation is eased and unencumbered as well. Staccatos still maintain their crispness but much less work is needed for rapid tonguing. This mouthpiece is probably best suited for orchestral or chamber music. The only negative I would mention is projection is not nearly as powerful as, say, an M15. I think, for the price, you can't go wrong with the BD5. It stands up to high-end, hand made mouthpieces. For the record, I use Gonzalez FOF reeds, 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 strength with the 13 series (440 pitch) BD5. They pair wonderfully.

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Didn't like it

I now own one of each of every clarinet mouthpiece Vandoren makes. It's hard to critique them because it all depends on the mouthpiece you happen to receive. I did not like the BD5...Read complete review

I now own one of each of every clarinet mouthpiece Vandoren makes. It's hard to critique them because it all depends on the mouthpiece you happen to receive. I did not like the BD5 I was sent. All in all I would recommend skipping all the Vandoren mouthpieces except the CL4, CL5 & CL6. The CL5 I recently purchased is miles ahead of the rest. I have not tried a CL4 or a CL6, but if they are anything like the CL5, you will be pleased.

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5.0

I would buy this mouthpiece again

By 

from Rice VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

Of the various mouthpieces that I have used, this is the one that I use now exclusively.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Will buy again if needed

By 

from Boston

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    Mouthpieces are a very personal part of our instruments and fit everyone differently due to all the obvious reasons. The BD5 fits my horn perfectly. There is very little resistance from top to bottom, wonderful intonation and an incredibly warm sound. However, if you are in the market try before you buy. WWBW has a great return policy

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding Mouthpiece

    By 

    from Maryland

    Pros

    • Amazing Tone
    • Clear Sound
    • Less Resistance
    • More Control

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

        I'm auditioning to be a music major, so I was looking around for the best mouthpiece I could find. And boy did I find it! I used to play on a Vandoren B45 mouthpiece and was searching for an upgrade. As soon as I went to play my first note on the Black Diamond I could hear a significant improvement. There is little to no resistance, the notes speak much more clearly and the richness and darkness of my tone is much better! It's worth every penny - you will notice an amazing improvement just as I did!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding

        By 

        from Cheyenne, Wyoming

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Description
        • Fair Price
        • Helpful Reviews

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

            Well pleased with helpfulness and prompt delivery. I have never been displeased with WWBW's service and their company of sales professionals. They truly practice the "Golden Rule." Thank you and especially Chance for his most courteous service.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            Sweet

            By 

            from Shelton, WA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

            Beautiful and consistent transition from low to high registers. Perfect for chamber or orchestral setting.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Didn't like it

            By 

            from Chicago IL

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

            I now own one of each of every clarinet mouthpiece Vandoren makes. It's hard to critique them because it all depends on the mouthpiece you happen to receive. I did not like the BD5 I was sent. All in all I would recommend skipping all the Vandoren mouthpieces except the CL4, CL5 & CL6. The CL5 I recently purchased is miles ahead of the rest. I have not tried a CL4 or a CL6, but if they are anything like the CL5, you will be pleased.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Mouthpieces are personal. Find one that works for you.

            By 

            from usa

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • A Lot Of Resistance
              • Some People Don't
              • Some People Like That

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

                Mouthpieces are personal. Find one you like. I can't see where this one would work for jazz, but maybe a lot of people will. It is entirely personal. Find a mouthpiece that works for you.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                New life for an old clarinet

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                from Columbia SC

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

                I waited 55 years to get a new mouthpiece for my Leblanc Symph 3: too bad.
                Much easier to produce a decent tone, less resistance, more fun to play, even at age 70. Wish my teachers had suggested it back in the day. Definitely worth the $.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best I've Ever Used!

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                from Grand Junction, CO

                Site Member

                Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

                This mouthpiece bumped my tone quality even higher, with the added benefit of it being much easier to keep consistent tone quality and intonation. I play on a Leblanc Bliss with V21 reeds. Projects quite well, especially in the altissimo register (which is typically loud anyways), and it creates an amazing, dark tone in the low register. Everything below the staff gets increasingly rich and velvety as you descend. Hitting high notes is done with ease, clarity, and they don't scream or squeal. Couldn't ask for anything more!

                (3 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing

                By 

                from Charleston, West Virginia

                Site Member

                Comments about Vandoren BD5 Black Diamond 13 Series Ebonite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

                I am 14 and I'm a professional clarinet player. I recently for my birthday bought a Buffet Crampin E-11 clarinet. For Christmas I decided to upgrade the Buffet mouthpiece to this one. I received it today and started playing with it and this mouthpiece makes my tone so remarkably in tune and richer. It helped my sound and makes it so smooth. If you're going to spend your money on a mouthpiece, you should definitely spend it on this one! You won't regret it.

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