The M30 is a very flexible clarinet mouthpiece from Vandoren designed to produce sonority similar to the B40 mouthpiece but with easier sound product...Click To Read More About This Product
An easy-blowing, great-sounding mouthpiece.
The M30 is a very flexible clarinet mouthpiece from Vandoren designed to produce sonority similar to the B40 mouthpiece but with easier sound production qualities. It is essentially the 5RV Lyre with a larger tip opening and a longer facing guarantees flexibility and roundness. This mouthpiece has an exceptional quality of sound.
Vandoren mouthpieces are known for their high, uniform quality, among the best of the mass produced, and are especially popular among clarinetists. The Vandoren line is extensive. It covers all woodwinds and offers designs suited to a variety of playing and musical styles.
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Comments about Vandoren M30 Series Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:
I bought this 13 series M30 mouthpiece specifically because it is designed for for players using A = 440 pitch. I play an older Buffet R13 and the lowest register was consistently a bit sharp and I would have to pull the barrel and middle joint out just a bit to try and balance the intonation between registers which can have a negative effect on the throat and altissimo register. So I wanted to see if the lower pitch center of this mouthpiece would make a difference and it did. With this mouthpiece all the registers are are much more in tune with each other and I can play with the barrel (66mm) and other joints on the clarinet completely pushed in so the throat and altissimo register intonation benefits from from that while the lowest register is no longer sharp with no need to pull any sections of the clarinet out.
While this mouthpiece is not quite as loud and does not project as well as the mouthpiece I have been playing (Clark Fobes Cicero) it has a nice even tone in all registers and is very easy to play with confidence in any register and it seems you can really push a lot air through it without problems though it plays nicely when playing very soft too.
I'm not sure if it will become my main moutpiece but there is something addictive about the balanced intonation and the darker smooth tone I get from it. Mainly it showed me that this particular clarinet can play evenly in tune in every register with the right setup.
I tested it with Vandoren V12 #3 and Peter Leuthner #3 reeds but I think I a harder reed would work better with this mouthpiece for me.
For players who play in situations where the pitch is A=440 or that tend to play sharp these Vandoren 13 series mouthpieces might be a perfect choice but if you play in situations where the pitch is higher it might be difficult to play in tune without making other compromises (shorter barrel, harder reeds, bad embochure etc.) that would defeat the purpose of using this mouthpiece.
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