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"The MoBa Super Series Cocobolo clarinets are the most spectacular clarinets I have ever played. Their beautiful sound and incredible craftsmanship are unmatched. In addition, the Backun mouthpieces I play are an incredible partner to these instruments. Since performing chamber and orchestral concerts on them, I continue to receive compliments from patrons and colleagues about them. With Backun, the future for clarinet is brighter than ever!"

Biography

Kathryn Pirtle is Clarinetist of the Orion Ensemble, founded in 1992, for which she is also Executive Director. Ms. Pirtle has served as principal clarinetist of the Lake Forest Symphony since 1990. Her other orchestral affiliations include the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony and Elgin Symphony.

In 2004, Hal Leonard Corporation released her solo album of selected Bach unaccompanied cello and violin suites and sonatas transcribed for the clarinet by Himie Voxman, the first recording of these transcriptions.

Ms. Pirtle has taught privately since 1980. She gives masterclasses on clarinet pedagogy and chamber music literature, as well as non-profit chamber music organizational development. She has served on the faculties of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Northern Illinois University, Bradley University, Indiana University, and New Trier High School. She currently teaches and coaches chamber music from her home studio and at Hinsdale South High School.

Ms. Pirtle’s writing has been published in International Musician, International Clarinet, The Autism File Global, Advance Magazine (a publication for Physical Therapy) and Wise Traditions, she has written two books on nutrition, and she writes a blog at her website, www.performancewithoutpain.com, about issues relating to building health with nutrient-dense foods.



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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