How to choose your
It's interesting to observe the myriad of recommendations beginning band teachers provide for clarinet students. Certainly, if a rental instrument comes from the manufacturer with questionable quality mouthpiece a replacement is completely justifiable. Plastic generally produces a bright sound quality and hard rubber (ebonite) creates a mellower and more pleasant tone. Other, numerous variables determine mouthpiece quality & playability including facing, chamber, baffle, profile and tip opening, etc. Many fine teachers prefer to wait until young players are more developed before recommending the highest quality (and expensive) mouthpieces due to the large number of choices created by these variables. Many fine band directors recommend the JD Hite Premier which works very well and is affordable and then recommend a B45 or 5RV clarinet mouthpiece as young clarinet students mature.