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MV Mouthpieces for Saxophone (Sax Mouthpieces)
I make MV Mouthpieces, also seen as MikeVaccaro Mouthpieces, and also known as M&M mouthpieces when I was working with my mentor Marc Yacoubian. I make mouthpieces from blanks (also called shells) of many different materials mostly hard rubber, Ebonite, or some plastics. These blanks are molded or made through a CNC process. When I get them they are not finished so I make them into a ready to play product. I also adjust, repair, and reface your current mouthpiece. I encourage you to not bring your best mouthpiece unless you have completely given up on what your mouthpiece brings to you. I make or repair Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Sax mouthpieces. Occasionally I will make Bass Sax or Sopranino mouthpiece. I do work on metal mouthpieces but prefer not to work on steel mouthpieces. If I accept a steel mouthpiece to work on my shop time price increases.
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$265.00
Music Business Consultation (Consultation)
If you find that music performance is not for you, but you are still interested in music as a living, I offer advice on the many opportunities in the business of music. We discuss not only what the available options are, but what kind of training you might need to pursue any particular role in the huge business of music and related careers. My experience includes music contracting, producing recordings, producing industrial shows, producing theme parties, studio practices, teaching, putting on concert series, running a casual music office, mouthpiece making, clarinet barrels and bell design, shop owner, and a variety of other adventures. Consultation lasts about an hour per session. Lessons are available on Skype or Facetime and in person.
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$100.00
V and S Clarinet Bells (Custom)
These are clarinet bells that will alter your overtones, your tone, and your intonation. They all play freely, to allow your reed to be the resistance point. Think of a bell as a speaker system on your stereo, and ask yourself why some systems sound so much better than others. In one word, "design", and we think we have a handle on designs for bells Vaccaro and Stevens Bells - It took us a long time to realize the elements that improve the bell that came with your instrument. They are the bore at the tenon joint, weight of the bell, the inner and outer shape of the bell, and the length and flair of the bell. This bell should fix the flat high F on most clarinets, clear up the middle B, and clarify the pitch on the throat tones to minimize or eliminate the need to add extra fingers on the throat tones. There is a 2-5 month waiting period to receive this bell.
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$850.00
Custom Sax Mouthpieces (Custom Mouthpiece)
We provide you with a  sax mouthpiece with facings appropriate for classical, jazz, and commercial uses. It is always better to come to the shop and try before you buy, however if you are far away, the store is a good way to start.

With our custom program, we select a blank (also known as a shell) and make a custom mouthpiece for you. This may be a blank we don't have in stock and get from one of our regular suppliers,  or it may be a mouthpiece already on the market that you like. It also might be a size mouthpiece we do not normally carry.


Sorry we don't work on steel mouthpieces very often, and will charge you more as the work is so slow and tedious, and harder to guarantee. We do work on other metals however. We also re-plate and refurbish metal mouthpieces including bite plates.
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$0.00
Professional Soprano Sax Mouthpiece ("Pro" Soprano Sax)
We provide you with a professional alto sax mouthpiece with facings appropriate for classical, jazz, and commercial uses. It is always best to come into the shop and "try before you buy" however, for those far away, our online store is a good place to start.
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$235.00
Single Reed Adjustment (Reed Adjustment Instruction)
Learn the art of making almost every reed in a box work. Remember, your tone is a combination of a great mouthpiece, ligature, and REED. Learn to balance a reed for YOUR mouthpiece. Lessons are in person, via FaceTime, or Skype. Lessons are about an hour.
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$60.00
MV Alto Sax Mouthpiece (Alto Sax Mouthpiece)
I make, repair, and modify mouthpieces.

MV Mouthpieces are also known as MikeVaccaro Mouthpieces and also known as M&M mouthpieces when I partnered with my mentor Marc Yacoubian.

I start with blanks (or sometimes called shells) from various sources. These are mouthpieces that have been molded or made via CNC but are not finished. I take them from that state to the finished state of a ready to play mouthpiece.

I have some mouthpieces already made so you can come in and try them or buy them right off the cart. Others I wait until we can work together to find exactly what you are looking for.

Since literally every musician is looking for something a little different even though we could agree a certain mouthpiece plays well it may not be the one for you. That is why I am always hesitant to just send one in the mail. I will do that but please make sure and READ my return policy.

I make Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone mouthpieces. You can always bring in or send me a mouthpiece you want worked on however unless you are dire straights and nothing is working please don't send your best mouthpiece as it will be different when I am done. Steel mouthpiece increase shop time as they are very slow to work on.
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$265.00
Woodwind Music Lessons (Woodwind Lessons)
Clarinet, Sax, Flute, and Oboe.

Learn though standard study books, and the repertoire, the technique of the clarinet and saxophone. Study is based on incremental learning, with an emphasis on playing musically and enjoying music. Also discussed, is how to practice and listen, which may be the most important thing you can learn to ultimately teach yourself.

Classical and Jazz genres are available for study.

Lessons are available in person, on FaceTime or Skype.

My background includes, Big Bands, Small Group Jazz, Long Beach Opera, Broadway Shows, Motion Pictures, Classical Soloist, Trio Musique (chamber music trio), and Celebrity Accompaniment both as a sideperson and Music Contractor.

Listen to my CD's at www.mikevaccaro.com/cd.html

Lessons are about an hour long.
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$60.00
Thumb Cushion (Thumb Rest)
Take the pressure off your right thumb. Available for clarinet......Fits all standard thumb rests
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$2.75
V and S Cocobolo Barrels (Cocobolo)
Vaccaro and Stevens Bells, The closer to the mouthpiece, the more the clarinet is effected by a variety of things. Tone, intonation, and response, being the first things that come to mind. Also, keep in mind that most manufacturers don't make the barrel as part of the clarinet, they take them off the rack and the end of the production line. So there is no guarantee the barrel is the right one for your clarinet. These are double-tapered barrels that are hand tuned 3 times after being manufactured on the lathe 3 times, to ensure minimum wood memory in the bore. The response to these barrels has been spectacular, and many of the studio musicians in Los Angeles are using them. Go to http://www.clarinetbarrelsandbells.com/testimonials.html and see what our clients have to say.
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$265.00
Custom Clarinet Mouthpieces (Custom Mouthpiece)
By special order, we can order and alter blanks for sopranino and contra bass clarinets. We can also do custom work on your current mouthpiece (never send your best mouthpiece unless it just is not what you want, as it will play differently when you get it back). You can also bring in your not-so-favorite mouthpiece for improvement.
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$0.00
Advantage Tenor Sax Mouthpiece (Advantage Tenor Sax Mouthpiece)
We provide you with a professional tenor sax mouthpiece with facings appropriate for classical, jazz, and commercial uses. It is always best to come into the shop and "try before you buy" however, for those far away, our online store is a good place to start.
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$265.00
Professional Tenor Sax Mouthpiece ("Pro" Tenor Sax)
We provide you with a professional tenor sax mouthpiece with facings appropriate for classical, jazz, and commercial uses. It is always best to come into the shop and "try before you buy" however, for those far away, our online store is a good place to start.
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$325.00
Clarinet M1 Professional Clarinet Mouthpiece (M1 Clarinet Mouthpiece)
The M1 mouthpiece is designed for those general music uses like: Broadway Pit, Jazz and Pop Music, Celebrity Accompaniment and all circumstances where you might want a slightly more open and free blowing mouthpiece, or the ability to use a slightly softer reed. Works great with a 3 to 3.5/4 reed.
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$265.00
Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece (Bass Clarinet)
Our Bass Clarinet mouthpiece plays free and dark, from Low "C" four octaves up to double high "C". Just the right amount of resistance lets you depend on having no squeaks and a full bass tone.
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$300.00
Clarinet M2 Symphonic Clarinet Mouthpiece (M2 Symphonic Clarinet Mouthpiece)
This mouthpiece is ideal for Symphonic and Chamber Music. More closed than the M1 model which allows the player to play longer without fatigue, The sound is darker and rounder than the M1, but still blows free, allowing the musician to control the resistance with the reed.
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$300.00
V and S Blackwood Clarinet Barrels (Blackwood Barrel)
Vaccaro and Stevens Bells, The closer to the mouthpiece, the more the clarinet is effected by a variety of things. Tone, intonation, and response, being the first things that come to mind. Also, keep in mind that most manufacturers don't make the barrel as part of the clarinet, they take them off the rack and the end of the production line. So there is no guarantee the barrel is the right one for your clarinet. These are double-tapered barrels that are hand tuned 3 times after being manufactured on the lathe 3 times, to ensure minimum wood memory in the bore. The response to these barrels has been spectacular, and many of the studio musicians in Los Angeles are using them. Go to http://www.clarinetbarrelsandbells.com/testimonials.html and see what our clients have to say.
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$265.00
Professional Baritone Sax Mouthpiece ("Pro" Baritone Sax)
We provide you with a professional baritone sax mouthpiece with facings appropriate for classical, jazz, and commercial uses. It is always best to come into the shop and "try before you buy" however, for those far away, our online store is a good place to start.
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$325.00
Professional Alto Sax Mouthpiece ("Pro" Alto Sax)
We provide you with a professional alto sax mouthpiece with facings appropriate for classical, jazz, and commercial uses. It is always best to come into the shop and "try before you buy" however, for those far away, the online store is a good place to start.
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$300.00
E flat Soprano Clarinet Mouthpiece (E flat Clarinet)
Our little "Eb" clarinet mouthpiece is as clear as a bell and will take you into the 3rd octave easily.
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$300.00
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