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Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, the Reserve harnesses modern technology, pioneered by D’Addario, to recreate the incomparable craftsmanship found in these legendary works of art. 

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"The pattern of progress can be compared to an oncoming tide-wave after wave moves onward seemingly with the same upsurge, but once in a while, one of the waves reaches ahead of the others, and then seems to be followed by the others, until the same motion occurs anew. Progress always moves forward-it is never still. The minute one feels that a certain level has been achieved at that precise moment one stops progressing, unless one tries to reach a higher level still or else regression starts and the level goes down. Perfection does not exist, but the ambition to reach it makes for unending progress and self satisfaction."  Bonade 

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Pitfalls of the per service orchestra

If you play in one of these you may find that the harder you work and the better you do your job the less you will be paid.
I can't think of any other job or management strategy that work this way. Every rehearsal or concert pays a set fee. If you show up and sight read the music you receive the  same fee as the players who spend hours practicing. In terms of an hourly rate the sight readers are being paid easily 10x as much.

Orchestras rely on the the pride and professional integrity of the prepared players to carry the less prepared. The reality is is that a per service orchestra will not have the budget to make having the job attractive enough that everyone will prepare.

I have played in orchestras where this issue has been handled well, sadly when this is not the case it precipitates a downward spiral in both moral and the performance level of the orchestra.
One of the way to address this is to just pay the better players more.This can be done with the basic salary or be engaging them as soloists, the solo fee becomes a bonus of sorts. Conversely if the week players are rewarded ( this almost always means  it's political) this sends a message to the orchestra that quality and performance is not what will be rewarded and so practicing is a waste of time. As much as musicians love music this can wear down an orchestra over time.

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Nobel Clarinet

Nobel_clarinet14041 Bb CLARINET, brushed hard rubber body for a wood-like sound and finish, wear resistant nickel plated keys, waterproof Valentino pads, French blue steel needle springs, genuine cork bumpers and tenons, bell ring, 65mm Moenig bore barrel, light case with back pack straps. The quasi-indestructible nature of Valentino pads render the Nobel completely airtight and fully resonant. A best choice for a sound investment. $495

 
Every clarinet is set up and play tested before sale, most stores do not do this. This clarinet has had some undercutting of higher tone holes and resetting of pad heights done for better pitch and tone.

The material, reverse taper barrel and design give this clarinet a more mature rich sound when compared to standard student clarinets costing hundreds more. I have played one in the orchestra for outdoor concerts. 

Alban Classical


Private performance April 14

PGSO April 21

Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30