Can anyone give me a simple 'lesson' on mouthpiece facings? I think I've got to grips with the basics of tip openings and different reed strengths determining resistance, tone etc etc but it's less clear to me what effect the length of the facing has.
My clarinet mouthpiece has a very close lay (Selmer HS*), which I think is a 100. On the other hand, my tenor sax mouthpiece (Hite Premiere) is a 0.90 or a 6, depending on which chart you're looking at - not helpful that one is metric and one imperial but there we go!
I know they are different instruments with different embouchures etc but I've been playing clarinet for much longer than sax and yet, the clarinet mp seems very close and the sax seems quite open, for a relative beginner.
However, I've discovered that the factor that they both have in common is that they both have quite a long facing. My fave clarinet reeds are the Reeds Australia Vintage XLs and on sax I like Rico La Voz. I understand that these are thick cut reeds but I'm not entirely sure what that means - only that they suit mouthpieces with a longer facing.
The reason I'm asking is that I'm now playing a different clarinet to the one I had when I bought the Selmer mouthpiece and I'm not sure it suits me on this instrument as well as it did on my student Yamaha - dare I say it?! I think it might be time to go mouthpiece shopping again!!