Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Walter Grabner's Awesome Mouthpieces

I've been playing on Walter Grabner's amazing mouthpieces for a couple of years now.  They have a really great sound, and I recommend them highly.

Also, Mr. Grabner is a really great guy.  Last spring, I played at the Skokie Valley Concerto Competition.  I was playing on one of his older mouthpieces.  I didn't advance to the finals, but Mr. Grabner heard my performance, and he talked to me after the competition.  He said I had done a great job, but he thought I should try out one of his newer mouthpieces that he had just developed.
The first thing I noticed about them was that they have a realy beautiful, serious tone.  They have a very smooth and resonant sound.

I said sure, I'd love to try a new mouthpiece, because I had the finals of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions coming up in a week, and people often describe my tone as too bright.  So I went to his studio a few days later and tried out some of his new mouthpieces.  They were fantastic!  They had a dark, mellow tone, and I really liked the difference.  I picked the one I sounded best on, and when I asked Mr. Grabner how much it cost, he said that I could have it.

Well, a week later at the CSO Youth Audition finals, I won first prize.  I'm sure that Mr. Grabner's new mouthpiece helped me get there.  It is a seriously fine mouthpiece produced by a seriously fine man, and I recommend it to everyone.