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jthole

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I am using a Vandoren 360, it plays well though not sure if made anymore.

I think that the current Vandoren 5RV is equivalent to the older V360. I have a V360 as well, but it is at least 40 years old, and was swabbed numerous times. So I don't count on it still having the original specs :)
 

jthole

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Just curious, does anyone already have real world experience with the new Selmer Focus Bb clarinet mouthpiece?
 

rhysonsax

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I've been using Rico Royal reeds on my clarinet. What suggestions does anyone have for good reeds for playing jazz ?

I really like Rigotti Gold and Lupifaro on saxophone, so maybe Rigotti clarinet reeds would be good too.

Rhys
 

AndyWhiteford

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try a Legere synthetic reed, too, makes any mouthpiece sound better ;-)
I used cane from the beginning on clarinet, now I'm convinced & play only replicant reeds.
 

sax panther

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I don't change the brand of reeds I use depending on classical or jazz, but do sometimes drop down to a softer one for jazz - I find it easier for glissing. I use Vandoren V12s, I play in a band with someone who I'd say has a much 'jazzier' tone than me and he uses Vandoren Rue Lepic 56s.
 

Colin the Bear

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Vandoren Juno.

The name Rico is disappearing. I saw a box of Royal, by D'Addario.
 

jthole

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For jazz (not that I play much, lately) I use a Vandoren B45 with Vandoren V12 reeds.
For concert band I used a Vandoren V360 (comparable to the 5RV) but I switched to a Selmer Focus mouthpiece. I prefer Vandoren Traditional reeds there.
I have tried the V21 and Rue Lepic reeds, but I was not convinced by them. I also have not found a d'Addario / Rico reed yet that I like on clarinet.
 

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