Each model of the Reserve mouthpiece is named for its facing, which measures the curve of the mouthpiece away from the reed.
A facing is often identified by its tip opening: the distance in mm between the reed and the tip of the mouthpiece.
Choose a closer facing (smaller tip opening) for less resistance. Closer facings generally require the use of harder reeds.
Choose an open facing (larger tip opening) for more resistance. More open facings generally require the use of softer reeds.
When testing mouthpieces, personally or with students, you should first listen for a comfortable, free response. Play a slow scale or passage, both slurred and articulated.
Is the sound produced easily? Is it possible to slur and articulate clearly, without struggle?
If the response is too difficult, consider trying a closer (less resistant) mouthpiece facing, or a lower strength reed.
If the response is too easy, consider trying a more open (more resistant) mouthpiece facing, or a higher strength reed.
Next, consider the core and quality of the sound. It's important not to sacrifice a centered sound for ease of response. Both attributes are possible, with the correct marriage of reed strength and mouthpiece facing.
If the sound is spread or lacks center, consider trying a higher strength reed or a more open (more resistant mouthpiece facing).
The Reserve mouthpiece patch protects the mouthpiece, prevents the teeth from sliding, and prevents biting. Our unique material adheres securely to the mouthpiece, yet enables easy removal or transferal when needed; it will not leave residue.