One has to think that the industry needs to question many aspects of the manufacturing of this noble clarinet of ours.
There needs to be a rational for the amazing proliferation of clarinet mouthpieces made for almost a century from hard rubber and lauded by players and teachers everywhere for being the finest material available for a mouthpiece, for sound, for stability, and for longevity of stability. The craftsman who speak of their products speak to the work of Lelandais and Chedeville as makers of great integrity who labored with this rather wonderful material to which we affix our cane or even our plastic on in order to make a beautiful sound on our clarinets. But the majority of our clarinets are made from another material: wood.
Some makers, designers and manufacturers have made clarinets of the same material as our mouthpieces: hard rubber, and some with excellent results such as better tuning, easier resistance factors, achievable beautiful legato much better dimentional stability,with little embouchure manipulation.
Is it not the time for the entire industry to begin to realize that this same material can itself help to create a sound that may be as beautiful as the sound of their mouthpieces? The sound from hard rubber may indeed be a bit different than of wood, then again it may not, but to accept that it may be different is not to therefore ostracize the material from the ability of a clarinetist to choose it.
Hard rubber grows on trees, gentleman and it is lying around awaiting manufacture into clarinets. Some of these are really beautiful sounding, a consistant stream of intent from mouthpiece to instrument to the audience.Is it not the time?