The number and diversity of mouthpieces on the market is staggering, add in all of the technical terms banded about and players would be forgiven for becoming bewildered by the options available to them. This diagram illustrates the main parts of the mouthpiece, and the table below explains some terms you may hear.

Clarinet Mouthpiece


Table The flat surface that the reed is placed upon
Window The hole in the mouthpiece between the tip rail and table
Side Rails The side edges of the window
Baffle The roof of the mouthpiece chamber
Throat The back of the mouthpiece, also referred to as the bore

About the author

Jack is the Sales & Marketing Manager at Normans Musical Instruments and has been in this post since September 2012 after Graduating from University with a degree in Music. Jack's expertise is in guitars, technology and live sound although he does have a very well rounded knowledge of all aspects of Music.