Complex simplicity by Hawkins and Backun
“It has long been my goal to create a clarinet mouthpiece that satisfies the nuances of change while preserving the history of the craft.” – Richard HawkinsOutstanding artist. Renowned educator. Master craftsman. Words and praise that are often bestowed upon Richard Hawkins. After decades of collecting, observing and crafting mouthpieces for many of the world’s finest artists, Hawkins collaborated with Backun Musical Services to develop a series of mouthpieces with tonal ring and clarity that will change the course of mouthpiece history.
Designed for all ages and experience levels, the Vocalise Series of B♭ mouthpieces features a model for every player and occasion, all of which belong in your clarinet case. Complex resonance at a reasonable price.
Designed at Backun using advanced CAD/CAM software and tested with 3D printing technology, the mouthpieces are crafted from hard rod rubber on a highly advanced nine-axis CNC machine and finished in a unique done-in-one machining program that combines the milling and lathing processes without the need for a second setup or recalibration. This results in an exceptionally consistent mouthpiece that stays true to the original design.
Each mouthpiece helps the player centre articulation, pitch and altissimo, with impeccable ease and consistency of voicing. It is the first mouthpiece of its kind specifically designed to play well on both synthetic and cane reeds, in strengths 2.5 to 4.5. Articulation Management allows players to capture the appropriate length of articulations for different styles without increased effort. Now offered in two pitch levels A=440 and A=442. Please select which pitch level you wish to optimize your performance preferences.
R Model Bb - Close/Short
Evenness and a focus of sound that sings with ease are two characteristics of this close facing mouthpiece. The R allows artists to articulate with reduced effort, while ringing true with fabulous clarity. This is Hawkins’s choice for young artists looking to step up to a more complex mouthpiece.
G Model Bb - Medium/Medium
A medium faced mouthpiece that combines exceptional evenness and round tonal complexity. The G has a smoother influence on interval connections just where you need it. An all-around mouthpiece for those who prefer medium facings and lengths.
H Model Bb - Open/Long
The most open facing in the lineup, the H is both smooth and dark, with ample cushion for those who need more robust flexibility throughout the registers. This mouthpiece gives as much as it takes, requiring balanced breath support and unyielding passion in performance.
Z Model Bb - Extremely Open/Long
The Vocalise Z was developed to meet the needs of artists who prefer mouthpieces with a larger facing, while offering significant volume and projection. With a robust tone reminiscent of more current European models, the Z is Extremely Open/Long, with ample cushion for those who want a bold and unyielding tone.
Watch the Video
Richard Hawkins on the New Vocalise Z
One gets excited about the development of something new and unusually rare in the history of clarinet mouthpieces. Together with the team at Backun, we developed the Vocalise Z model to give players not only polished flexibility, but volume and pop to the core sound. It is louder, bigger and has the dexterity to shine in any type of music. It is a mouthpiece like no other in its ability, out-of-the-box, to be louder in tone without the typical harshness, yet it does not require more embouchure pressure to perform. Addicting to play and hard to put down, this model has exceeded my expectations.
The Backun Vocalise R mouthpiece is terrific. I ordered the R version based on the handy chart that showed R was a good match to my previous mouthpiece and I was not disappointed. The sound quality, intonation, and responsiveness are top-notch. I definitely recommend this mouthpiece to anyone considering it.
The Hawkins video says it all.
What a surprise it was for me to order three different Vocalise mouthpieces (R,G and H) with the intention of selecting just one, yet ultimately deciding to keep all three after testing each of them. They comprise a superb set, accommodating a wide variety of equipment setups and diverse styles of music for the clarinet. I am at least as skeptical about the validity of advertising claims as most people; however, after watching the Hawkins/Backun video twice (before and after the purchase), I can confirm that the video from Profesor Hawkins is accurate in describing the outstanding attributes of these affordable mouthpieces in every detail. It is not hyperbole to state that they constitute a major improvement in mouthpiece design and function.
I love this mouthpiece. Even though I am not a professional, I chose the H over the G model. It makes playing more enjoyable! I don't have to think about whether or not I am going to hit a high note. I can just play and concentrate on the music. Love it!
Vocalise CG demo
Muy buena boquilla. Queda muy bien con Legere, y eso me encanta aunque sigo probando números diferentes y marcas diferentes de cañas para encontrar la perfecta. En cuanto pueda, pienso comprar otros modelos para poder probar más boquillas backun c:
Backun music is so helpful and professional. The vocalize mouthpieces respond so well. I now own Vocalise G and H. The sound blends so well in the woodwind section. Thanks for your service
My set up.
Didn’t work for me personally. I guess I just like my M15.
I'm sorry to hear that this mouthpiece was not your preference, but I'm pleased to say you've received a full refund thanks to our 14 day return policy. If you'd like to try another Backun Mouthpiece we are ready when you are!