Mouthpiece

 

THE LESLIE CRAVEN MODEL MOUTHPIECE

This model is now available, exclusively, from Leslie. Do read testimonials (scroll down) of the Leslie Craven Model Mouthpiece – from many satisfied customers both well known professionals and amateurs. £210

Leslie has been working with the world’s leading custom mouthpiece manufacturers for many years and finally, in collaboration with Bradford Behn he has developed a mouthpiece reproducing Leslie’s ideal facing, rail width, curve and table combined with the optimum tone chamber for most kinds of playing. 30 years of Leslie’s work on mouthpieces combined with Bradford Behn’s expertise and an enormous investment in time money and energy have culminated in this, the most user-friendly mouthpiece on the market in Leslie’s opinion.

The basic mouthpiece blank is made in Hof, Germany by Hans Zinner (see links page for Zinner) it is then customised to Leslie’s preferred specifications by Behn in Colorado, U.S.A.

The mouthpiece delivers a dark centred tone, crisp staccato and is capable of facilitating the upper altissimo register, enabling a feeling of security, leaving behind the fear of high notes. Its design helps create a dark focused but flexible sound, enhancing the natural tone of the player.

To try the Craven model either email for further details or arrange a consultation with Leslie to select the best one for your style of playing from a selection of mouthpieces.

Ideally, Leslie prefers not to send  mouthpieces by post (although this can be arranged) but prefers to assist the player select a mouthpiece and this is done in his studio at home. A consultation will take about half an hour and is part of the service, incurring no extra cost.

All the mouthpieces are almost identical in characteristics but small timbre changes between the various mouthpieces offer different colours according to the player’s personal preference. Some players prefer more harmonics in a sound and others want a smooth round sound – both these characteristics are available with the Bradford Behn / Craven model.

Projection of the sound is achieved with ease but the Leslie Craven Model is versatile and can also be used for chamber playing as well as in symphonic and operatic music.

The craftsmanship of Bradford Behn is second to none and this is borne out by the fact that since changing to Behn mouthpieces Leslie has used them exclusively, in search for this, in his opinion, the ultimate. Each mouthpiece is hand crafted to the highest standard and they are limited in availability and numbered. They are not mass – volume produced and each order is treated with personal service by Leslie.

Leslie uses his version of the Behn mouthpiece on all his recordings available from the store.

Contact Leslie and arrange for a trial of the mouthpieces.

 

To purchase

Payment will be required in advance if ordering by post. Mouthpieces will be sent on a trial basis for one week and provided they are returned unblemished within 7 working days, the total amount (minus a £5 handling and P&P charge) will be refunded.

Damaged mouthpieces will not be accepted by return and will be shipped back to the customer.
Cheques / Postal orders should be made payable to Leslie Craven. Payment by Paypal is also accepted – the price is £210.00 plus postage. For U.K. residents this is £5.00. The cost of shipping within the EU, inclusive of tracking and insurance, is £12.00.

UK and EU customers can purchase the mouthpiece from the online store.

Customers from outside the EU will need to contact Leslie with regard to shipping costs.

 

If you would like to reserve a mouthpiece for trial or come to Leslie’s studio please contact him.

Do read the testimonials from some of the delighted customers, pro players and students, many of whom choose to visit me in my studio to select their mouthpieces.

Satisfied customers