Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the new Rico Reserve Mouthpieces. Here’s a video on them:
Recently, a representative from D’Addario came to a school district where I teach and I had the opportunity to try to a couple of them myself. I tried the Medium Open and Close facings. I especially liked the Close facing. I didn’t like it as much as my Vandoren M13 Lyre, but it certainly was a Close second (pun intended!). (It is possible that if I had tried a bag full of them, that I might have found one better than my M13 Lyre!)
With the recent Rico Reserve Reeds and now the Rico Reserve Mouthpieces, it seems to me that Rico has gained ground on Vandoren. It also seems to me that healthy competition between these two titans of the clarinet world benefits us as clarinetists and the companies themselves.
ClarinetMike says, “Check out the Rico Reserve Clarinet Mouthpieces.”
NOTE: Watch for opportunities to try these new mouthpieces. Here’s a couple in Texas, http://www.facebook.com/groups/167715073272410/, fyi.