My Equipment

One of the most common questions in the clarinet (and saxophone) world is “What’s your set up?” So, fyi, here’s what I play on:

Bb Clarinet: Buffet R 13 (circa 1976); Vandoren M13 Lyre mouthpiece; Vandoren V12 3.5 reeds; BG Revelation Ligature

A Clarinet: Buffet R 13 (circa 1980); Moennig Buffet A barrel; other same as above

Eb Clarinet: Buffet R 13 (circa 1985); shorter Buffet barrel (41); Hite mouthpiece; I use worn out reeds from above by clipping off part of stock end and put them on Eb mouthpiece.

Bass Clarinet: Buffet Prestige Low C (circa 2005); Selmer C* mouthpiece; Been playing on Legere reeds, but am switching to cane (Vandoren)

Alto Saxophone: Mark VI Selmer (circa 1973):
Classical: Selmer C* mouthpiece (refaced 1960’s rounded chamber); Harrison-Hertz ligature (recently switched from BG Super Revelation); Been playing on Legere reeds, but am switching to cane (Vandoren)
Jazz: Meyer 5M mouthpiece & refaced Beechler 6s mouthpiece (when I need to be loud)

On tenor sax, I have an old super-responsive Yamaha beginner saxophone from the 1980’s that allows me to be good in a hurry since I don’t play a lot on tenor.

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2018. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. His web page,, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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