Woodwind Studio

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Selmer S80C*
Some of the equipment I have listed is more optional than others. The mouthpiece is not something I consider optional. It makes such a significant difference in every single way that it is just senseless to spend any significant amount of money at all on an instrument and not get the mouthpiece that will allow that instrument to be played properly. The physical difference between mouthpieces can range all the way from different materials used (i. e. hard rubber, metal, glass, plastic, etc. ) to a different design in several different, important areas (chamber, baffle, side rails, tip rail, etc.) Please stop! PLEASE! You’re boring us!! Ok, sorry about that. The important differences include sound production and ease of response. In the most basic terms possible, this mouthpiece will be easier on the ears!!! I can pretty much guarantee that you will consider it money well spent when you hear the results. Another good reason to invest in this mouthpiece is that it is so much less frustrating for the performer; he or she is more likely to continue playing. But is there another mouthpiece almost as good that is less expensive? Well, there are a couple other good classical mouthpieces out there but they are not significantly cheaper and they are inconsistent, meaning they would need to be play tested first. I haven’t run across a bad Selmer mouthpiece yet so it’s safe to just order one through the mail rather than going to a store to try mouthpieces out.