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Cocobolo vs. Grenadilla

Cocobolo vs. Grenadilla

Cocobolo vs. Grenadilla

Deciding which is right for you

The first question many players have is how to decide between cocobolo or grenadilla wood. The decision is of course very personal, but here are some general differences between the two woods that most players experience.

    Grenadilla
    • Dark black or brown coloration
    • Brighter tone with more "ping"
    • More projection and volume
    • Perfect for band or orchestral players 
    Cocobolo
    • Ruby red coloration
    • Warm, dark tone
    • Blends very easily
    • Perfect for chamber or solo music

    Natural and Beautiful

    All our barrels are unstained to showcase the quality of the wood

    The beautiful appearance of our products is due to the natural appearance of our high quality, exotic hardwoods, which are naturally-aged in a climate-controlled setting our Vancouver, Canada factory. The robust colors and gorgeous grain patterns are not painted, stained, or dyed in any way. We only add a thin layer of varnish to enhance durability and add gloss to the appearance. What's more? All Backun barrel models are made from the same high quality wood.



    Fit and Sizing

    Barrels

    FIT BRANDS
    Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha, and most other brands
    Standard Plus As above, larger bore for more free blowing feel

    Selmer Paris

    Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

    Yamaha CSG

    Yamaha CSG I, II and III

     

    Bells

    FIT BRANDS
    Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha (including CSG), and most other brands
    Selmer Paris Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

    Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces

    MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
    R Hard Rod Rubber Close Short M13/15
    G Hard Rod Rubber Medium Medium 5RV/M30/BD5
    H Hard Rod Rubber Open Long B40/B45
    CG Proprietary Synthetic Open Long BD4/B40
    Z Hard Rod Rubber Extreme Open Long BD7

    Vocalise Bass Mouthpieces

    MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
    CG
    Proprietary Synthetic Open Long B46/B50

    Alpha Mouthpieces

    MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
    Bb Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre
    Bass Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre