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J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece  

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The Premiere Series offers hard rubber quality at a student price. Model 111.

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$2199.00

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The Premiere Series offers hard rubber quality at a student price. Model 111.

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J & D HitePremiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy to play!

I don't play my clarinet often anymore, but I played throughout high school, college, and even some community bands as an adult. I didn't want to spend too much on a new mouthpiece...Read complete review

I don't play my clarinet often anymore, but I played throughout high school, college, and even some community bands as an adult. I didn't want to spend too much on a new mouthpiece (but desperately needed one) and I hit the jackpot with the Hite Premiere! It produces a mature, clear, vibrant tone that is easy to play on, but it doesn't sound like a honking beginner clarinetist. I find it perfect for my occasional needs and for the fact that I don't play nearly as well as I used to!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great first upgrade

I bought a Hite mouthpiece after being told by my band director that the mouthpiece that came with my clarinet wasn't adequate for getting a good tone, etc. He suggested I go out and...Read complete review

I bought a Hite mouthpiece after being told by my band director that the mouthpiece that came with my clarinet wasn't adequate for getting a good tone, etc. He suggested I go out and buy a Hite mouthpiece for the price and quality and I did and it served me well for the time being. After about two months, I started taking lessons and at that time, my teacher suggested that I should move up to a higher grade mouthpiece; the Vandoren 5RV Lyre. I'd suggest moving up to a Vandoren 5RV as soon as you were up to a Vandoren size 3 reed, or something equivalent to one.

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5.0

Good sound, but not hard rubber

By Saddletramp

from Fremont, CA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Protective Tape On Top

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Good For Beginners
    • Practicing

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    It's not hard rubber as stated on the site, but plastic. It doesn't fit all the way in to the barrel (I can insert a piece of paper freely like a feeler gauge between barrel & mouthpiece after assembly), but that may be the clarinet's deal. This hasn't deterred me from using this fine mouthpiece. It improves the sound over the stock mouthpiece, especially in the lower register. The protective tape on top of the mouthpiece is holding up and I like it. If you get this mouthpiece, get the Hite ligature; apples for apples is always better. Oh yes, and thank you MFriend for all you do!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Mouthpiece for the Money

    By Carlheanerd

    from Fairfield, PA

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    This mouthpiece is probably the best I've played at such a low price. The facing is a little open in comparison to other starter pieces which will be a boon to developing clarinetists and doublers from the saxophone like myself. Projection is great, the lower register is really warm and full, the upper fairly smooth. It worked well with the Vandoren Traditional 3 reed I had but, I'd give this a try with V12's too,

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    hite clarinet mouthpiece

    By B.J.

    from Siler City, NC

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    Years after highschool band I took up the clarinet again, using my old clarinet. The new Hite mouthpiece worked wonders with it and me! In my younger days I didn't realize how important a good mouthpiece was - for the money you can't beat this one.

    (15 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great student mouthpiece

    By Sandra Minner

    from Bakersfield, CA

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    My daughter's private instructor recommended this mouthpiece when she first started, and it made a big difference in her tone. (Apparently, even good clarinets come with junky mouthpieces which look o.k. but sound bad.)A number of instructors have commented that you can get a decent tone with a junky clarinet/good mouthpiece, but you can't get a decent tone with a great clarinet/junky mouthpiece. So if you are using the stock mouthpiece that came with your clarinet, give this one a try. I bought a second as a backup because my daughter's friend chipped her Hite, and was unable to find a replacement for a while. I think production was limited in the last couple of years after the death of Mr. Hite.

    (30 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional Mouthpiece!

    By BLH

    from USA

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    One thing that people do is compare student mouthpieces to professional mouthpieces. Although I would not consider the Premier a student mouthpiece because of many qualities that you wouldn't normally find in a student mouthpiece, that's what it is. The premier offers an exceptionally round and warm sound compared to many other student mouthpieces. With the Premier, the right reed, a decent horn, and a correct embouchure, many people would mistake this mouthpiece for another "higher quality" one, as happened to me at auditions. Even for an advanced player, this can help tremendously. The Premier really opened and cleared up my sound. It produces a sound that really resonates and rings. It helps with embouchure development tremendously as well. The Premier works surprisingly well with Vandoren Rue Lepics 3.5+, or to an extent, the Vandoren V12s 3.5. Or if you have a GOOD pack of Reeds Australia strength 4, it works wonders. With a PERFECT reed, the sound you get is just amazing. Overall, I personally don't think there is a better student mouthpiece out there, but that's just me. Many may like other's. It's really hard to find these now, but with a lot of research, you could be doing yourself a favor for very little money.

    (21 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good mouthpiece

    By Kevin-6OB64

    from Hockessin, DE USA

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    I just bought my Premiere today. My teacher recommended it and I bought it (I was a little skeptical about it, since it was a student line mouthpiece and it was low-priced). But I just tried it, and Wow! The tone is beautiful, it's more in tune than other mouthpiece, and it's easy to produce a sound without blowing too hard. I also liked the strip of rubber at the top to prevent the teeth from wearing the piece out.

    (34 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great first upgrade

    By Maria G.

    from Fedlington, KY

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    I bought a Hite mouthpiece after being told by my band director that the mouthpiece that came with my clarinet wasn't adequate for getting a good tone, etc. He suggested I go out and buy a Hite mouthpiece for the price and quality and I did and it served me well for the time being. After about two months, I started taking lessons and at that time, my teacher suggested that I should move up to a higher grade mouthpiece; the Vandoren 5RV Lyre. I'd suggest moving up to a Vandoren 5RV as soon as you were up to a Vandoren size 3 reed, or something equivalent to one.

    (49 of 81 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the cats meow

    By S K Guillette

    from Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    I have bought 2 of these mouth pieces for my son. One he uses on his Yamaha with Rico Plasticoat and a markIII lig for marching band. The other is for his Wood Buffet using Rico Royals and same Lig for concerts and competitions. He said they are twice as good as the originals and has tried several others that were 4 times the cost. He is in 9th grade this year marching first string with the High School Band and won State last year with his 8th grade band and his solo with this mouth piece and his Buffet clarinet. I am a proud and happy parent. The price keeps me smiling and his music keeps me humming. This mouth piece is the Cats MEOW.

    (95 of 132 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Easy to play!

    By Andrea-uK.i_

    from Columbus, OH

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    I don't play my clarinet often anymore, but I played throughout high school, college, and even some community bands as an adult. I didn't want to spend too much on a new mouthpiece (but desperately needed one) and I hit the jackpot with the Hite Premiere! It produces a mature, clear, vibrant tone that is easy to play on, but it doesn't sound like a honking beginner clarinetist. I find it perfect for my occasional needs and for the fact that I don't play nearly as well as I used to!

    (12 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great intermediate mouth piece

    By great mouth piece

    from IL

    Comments about J & D Hite Premiere Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece:

    I got mine over a year ago, and I loved it. I like its rich and warm tone. But it's not as reed friendly as I thought it would be. but over all it is a great intermediate mouth piece.

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