D'Addario Woodwinds is on the cutting edge of mouthpiece and reed technology. I could go on with their marketing spiel, but I prefer to add my own instead. If you want to check out their entire product line with videos on how their stuff is made, check out their website at www.woodwinds.daddario.com.
I like the D'Addario Woodwinds product line because it is consistently good. They are also constantly striving to be better, and actually pay attention to customer and dealer feedback, which is a rarity in this day and age. The D'Addario Reserve mouthpieces are the only mass produced mouthpiece I have found that I feel confident in carrying here in the shop. Why, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. In the past, other popular brands of mouthpieces and reeds have been hit-or-miss. I could order twenty of a particular model of a certain mouthpiece and out of those twenty, only two would be good, and the rest would be either "meh" or "mouthpiece-shaped object". To me, as a business owner, that is not a good investment in inventory. It is certainly not good for the customer. D'Addario mouthpieces and reeds, on the other hand, have been consistent winners. I would feel confident handing out a D'Addario Reserve mouthpiece sight-unseen to a person and know that they would have a good mouthpiece. Does this mean that you won't benefit from trying a bunch of different ones to see which one fits you best? Don't be silly. We're clarinet players. We HAVE to try all the things! I'm pretty sure it's in the Constitution somewhere in one of those obscure amendments. Or maybe it's in the Magna Carta. I forget. Anyway, I encourage you to try them all. As far as reeds go, my personal favorite of the D'Addario collection is the Reserve Classic, but you can try the Reserve or the Grand Concert Evolution (which is my second favorite). I try to keep all strengths of the aforementioned reeds and all models of the Reserve Classic mouthpieces in stock.
D'Addario also makes ligatures! The H ligature is a reboot of the old Hamilton ligatures from waaaaaaay back in the day that the old-timers would go crazy for. The D'Addario version comes in silver or gold for soprano clarinet, and silver for Eb clarinet and bass clarinet. The difference between gold and silver is very subtle. To my ear, gold has a warmer, rounder sound, but articulation is a little less crisp. Silver, to me, seems to have a more "sparkly" sound with crisp articulation. You'll just have to try them both to see which ones you like best. Unfortunately, only the soprano clarinet ligatures come with a choice of finish, at least for now. They also come with a very sleek looking rubberized cap that won't make a racket should you have the grand misfortune to drop your cap off your stand or knock it over in the middle of a quiet part in a concert or rehearsal. I think this is thoughtful, since it is always a good idea to avoid the death glare from a conductor or soloist. Or oboist. Those people carry knives.
D'Addario Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece Models:
X-0 = close tip, long facing curve
X-5 = medium tip, medium long facing curve
X-10 = medium open tip, medium facing curve
X-10E = medium open tip, medium facing curve, A = 442
X-15E = open tip, short facing curve, A = 442
Cost: $99 plus tax and applicable shipping