Backun Musical Services
Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces
Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces
R - Close/Short (440Hz)
6750 Cariboo Road
Burnaby BC v3N4A4
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 Bb 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.
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I tried one of everything for myself and a friend and each mouthpiece was a noticeably different experience. Reed pairing was really critical to get the best performance from the mouthpiece. Overall I couldn't decide on a favourite, so I bought two! Thanks so much
It's Like Having a New Instrument
Really delighted with this mouthpiece. I had a Charles Bay VO mouthpiece since playing as a teen. The difference with the Vocalise is incredible. Tone and response are even across the entire clarinet. This mouthpiece will make me a better player.
Review of vocalize mouthpiece
Wonderful I thoroughly enjoy playing on the mouthpiece and have had several comments from fellow musicians that my sound has improved with it.
Vocalise H Mouthpiece
Versatile with a dark sound. Has great flexibility and response. Works well with Legere reeds.
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
Easiest Mouthpiece so far....
I was hesitant to play the mouthpiece, because it was expensive and I had thoughts of returning it. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it is to blow and the notes came out pretty nice. My previous mouthpiece was Van Doren B45, but Vocalise R worked better for me. I was always been a fan of the synthetic Legere reeds (European series) and since this mouthpiece is designed for it, makes it easy playing a fact. I need all the help I can get.