John Adams

Middle School

Mouthpiece/Accessories Upgrades

Purchasing a mouthpiece and/or accessories upgrade can make a big difference in how the student sounds.  Here are some possibilities for upgrades under $100. 

Clarinet and saxophone players can move to using the Vandoren reeds, strength 2 ½ or 3 (try each to see which feels best, and holds tuning in upper register). Purchase of a Rovner ligature also helps produce a more mature sound.  


For mouthpiece upgrades (changing mouthpieces can make a world of difference in sound): 

clarinet: 5RVLyre or Vandoren B45

saxophone: Selmer C*

trumpet: Bach 3C (the smaller the number, the bigger the mouthpiece-producing a fuller tone)

French horn: Holton Farkas

trombone/baritone: Bach 6½ AL

For percussion: Real Feel practice pad or actual snare drum (bells with the percussion kit sound quite good for practice).

Supplies can be bought locally through Rochester Music Stores, through Amazon, or at  With mouthpiece upgrades, it is good to try them first before purchasing.

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