Vandoren B40 Lyre 13 Series Profile 88 Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

The Vandoren B40 Lyre 13 Series Profile 88 Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is a variation on the popular B40 mouthpiece which incorporates a profile 88 beak and altered tuning. Tuned to 440Hz, instead of standard European 442Hz, this allows for the mouthpieces material (Ebonite) to resonate differently, creating a darker, more centered tone.

So that this altered tuning can be achieved, the mouthpiece is bored a little wider than the standard model. It is important that your mouthpiece works well with your instruments pitch accurately, so it is even more important that you try these models with a tuner. The lowered pitch of this model, works with your instrument and due to the vibrations being different, create harmonics unlike the B40 Lyre. This process can slightly lower the pitch, which would be particularly useful if you find yourself compensating for sharp tuning; centring the intonation across the range.

Designed for working especially well in the upper register, to perfectly blending sound production and tonal colour as well as creating a comfortable streamlined mouthpiece, it has many options for positioning and altering air flow. This mouthpiece plays with great response across the entire range. Suitable for both solo and ensemble settings, the B40 Lyre 13 Series profile 88 model is flexible to suit your playing needs.

Just like the B40, the B40 Lyre model feels robust to play, whilst still retaining a rich, velvety, commanding tone. This model is recommended to be played with softer reeds in order to create a good quality sound (see reed recommendations below).

Vandoren strive to create mouthpieces for every player so have developed over 35 different models for Bb clarinet. So if you find that this model isn’t quite what you are looking for, there’s plenty to try to find the perfect fit for you!

  • Tip Opening – 117.5
  • Facing Length –Long

About Vandoren
Established in 1905 (Paris) and founded by clarinettist, Eugène Van Doren, Vandoren Paris are a world renowned brand specialising in clarinet and saxophone reeds, mouthpieces, ligatures and other accessories. Vandoren combine innovative designs with state of the art machinery (using engineering tolerance below 1/100th of a millimeter) to produce products of outstanding quality.

1. On arrival, every Clarinet & Flute is checked & adjusted in-store. This is essential as every instrument requires some attention after it’s long journey from the factory.

2. Once sold, every Clarinet & Flute is checked & regulated for a second time as the set-up can be affected by the new materials expanding & contracting according to environmental conditions.

3. New instruments purchased from us can be returned within a year for a FREE check over and adjustment.

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