The Vandoren B40 Clarinet Mouthpiece has the same facing as the B45 with a wider tip rail which produces a compact and centered sound
13 Series (CM4078)
The 13 Series with a Profile 88 Beak is the only style we regularly stock at Vanguard as it is pitched in the New Zealand standard A440 pitch.
Traditional and Profile 88
The difference between Profile 88 (CM3078) and Traditional (CM307) mouthpieces is in the exterior angle of the beak. Therefore, the musician is free to choose the model which suits their purpose in terms of best playing position, easiest sound projection, greatest playing comfort, and the most controllable and precise articulation.
Standard and Lyre
The alternate version of the B40 is the B40 Lyre which we also stock. most Vandoren mouthpieces have a ‘lyre’ and standard version. The best way to think about it is that these are essentially the same mouthpiece but with a slightly different flavour. The tip opening is sometimes more open or closed on the lyre version.
On the B40, the ‘lyre’ version has a smaller tip opening and a longer facing. It is, according to Vandoren, “The perfect blend between a round sound and rich tone color. Easy blowing especially in the upper register.”