THE new CRAVEN Mouthpiece coming soon.

 NEW MODEL available and  also available from this site  – the Tom Ridenour Mouthpiece £190 or £170 if ordered with a clarinet. Ridenour mouthpiece available from :


David Campbell (distinguished British Solo clarinettist) David selected two Craven Model mouthpieces.

After a very successful Clarinet Convention at the Royal Welsh College of Music (led by Leslie at which David Campbell was the guest artist) David Campbell tried and selected two Leslie Craven mouthpieces and was delighted with them.

David Campbell bought 2 Craven mouthpieces

David said: “Leslie’s mouthpieces really suit my English style of playing, allowing the legato and flexibility I like in a sound combined with all the other characteristics such as easy staccato, focus and projection. High altissimmo is reached with ease and I thoroughly recommend these mouthpieces to both professionals and students alike.

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

Leslie hopes to source new Zinner style blanks very soon but will also be able to offer another style of blank – with a different size tone chamber giving options to the standard Craven set up. Les will also create the tip opening of your choice so that if you prefer to play softer reeds with a wider tip you will be able to achieve that easily. The standard tip opening is around 1.04 – 1.06 mm but tips as wide as 1.15 to 1.27 (similar opening to a Vandoren B40 or BD5 will be available)

To try the Craven mouthpieces  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. Now Leslie offers a custom tip opening to match he strength of reed players prefer to use.

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 and can be custom tweaked to suit ones personal preference.

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

Leslie uses the his design 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 £10 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. The price is £210.00 plus postage and any surcharges. For U.K. residents this is £10 00. The cost of shipping within the EU, inclusive of tracking and insurance, is £15 00. The Price for the new Craven mouthpieces will be in the region of £190 but if bought with a clarinet would be reduced to £150.

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 Les in his studio to select their mouthpieces. Below is a pictorial selection of just a few of Leslie’s delighted customers:

All the above players and many more are delighted Craven mouthpiece players.