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The modestly priced PREMIERE mouthpiece line is designed and produced to meet the highest professional standards. Although marketed as student line mouthpieces, PREMIERES are used by many professionals because of their rich sound and flexibility. These mouthpieces are extremely popular as "step-up" mouthpieces for players who would benefit from a better mouthpiece but are put off by the higher prices

PREMIERE mouthpieces are extremely reed friendly. Because they do not require excessive biting or force of air to make them play, they have a profound influence on the development of an ideal embouchure.
  • PREMIERE by HITE mouthpieces are made of plastic -- the same type material used in many older professional mouthpieces. A super tough mouthpiece tooth patch is supplied with each mouthpiece to help control teeth wear and improve the players auditory perception.
  • Each PREMIERE mouthpiece is individually play-tested and adjusted to the highest performance standards.

David Hite Premiere Clarinet Mouthpiece PREMIERE Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Facing: Medium length, .043" tip

Produced in one medium preferred facing, the PREMIERE clarinet mouthpiece line is hand finished to the highest professional standards, much more accurately than higher priced production finished mouthpieces. The acoustically efficient design results in a pleasant, resonant sound produced without excessive physical effort. The medium facing is well suited to a Vandoren No. 3 (or comparable) reed.

Premiere Tenor Saxophone mouthpiecePREMIERE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Facing: Medium length, .069" tip (comparable to a C** facing)

PREMIERE Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Facing: Medium length, .090" tip

The efficiency of the facing design and the accuracy of the finishing make PREMIERE Alto and Tenor Saxophone mouthpieces ideal all around mouthpieces. They are extremely versatile, capable of producing a variety of tonal colors for a variety of musical styles. Each model is produced with one preferred facing.

Medium or medium hard reeds cut with a strong center and thinner sides (such as the Rico Jazz Select, LaVoz or Vandoren Java) work well with the overall mouthpiece and facing design.

The balance of carefully designed and produced dimensions and facings gives J & D HITE mouthpieces their extreme flexibility, superior intonation patterns and comfort throughout the entire range of the instrument, at all dynamic levels. Many years of consultation with the worlds most respected clarinetists have influenced their design and performance standards.
  • J & D HITE professional clarinet mouthpieces are made of the finest vulcanized rubber, moulded on our custom designed, personally finished cores.
  • Each HITE mouthpiece is carefully play-tested and micro-adjusted to the highest performance standards.
J & D Hite Bb clarinet mouthpieces
The four standard models in the J & D HITE Bb clarinet mouthpiece line have proven to be those most preferred, most versatile and most "user friendly". The facings have been designed in conjunction with the interior contours and dimensions for optimum results.
David Hite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece  
Model D
Facing: Medium length, .041" tip
Our "D" model mouthpiece is the original (ca. 1980) HITE interior design which is closely aligned with the traditional classic orchestral facing. The mouthpiece balances well with a Vandoren No. 4 or Vandoren V-12 No. 3-1/2 reed (or comparable). Compared to the "M41" model which has the identical facing, the "D" internal dimensions tend to produce a darker, rounder tonal character.
Model M (formally M41)
Facing: Medium length, .041" tip
The core design for the "M" model mouthpiece was developed in response to orchestral players who want a livelier sound for projection and resonance in large concert halls. The altissimo (third register) is extremely stable, full-bodied and accessible. The bore and channel contours tend toward a leaner, more centered sound when compared to the "D" model which has the same facing measurements.
  David Hite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
David Hite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece  
Model J
Facing: Medium length, .043" tip
The "J" model mouthpiece is the best choice for players who prefer a somewhat softer Vandoren No. 3 type reed and are more comfortable with greater amplitude of reed vibration at the tip. This model may prove to be more comfortable for higher elevation locales and is usually the model preferred by saxophonists who are doubling on clarinet.
Model H (formally ML41)
Facing: long length, .041" tip
The "H" model is new to the J&D HITE line as of March 2000. Using newly designed chamber and bore dimensions, the extra facing length on the "H" model functions well with thicker cut reeds made of less dense cane such as the Vandoren V-12's. The interior design and facing length can add extra depth to the sound, especially for more advanced experienced players.
  David Hite Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

J & D Hite Eb, Alto and Bass clarinet mouthpieces
David Hite Eb Clarinet Mouthpiece  
J & D Hite Eb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Facing: Medium length, .041" tip

The HITE Eb clarinet mouthpiece is extremely popular because of its tonal sweetness which makes it sound agreeable and blend nicely. Unlike many Eb mouthpieces which go flat, the HITE plays in tune all the way up to high G with standard fingerings. The facing makes it an easy double with the Bb clarinet.

J & D Hite Basset Horn/Alto Clarinet Mouthpiece
Facings: One preferred facing: Medium length, .055" tip

Often known as "the ill wind that blows no good," the alto clarinet has earned a bad reputation as sounding thin, fuzzy and weak. To improve this malady, the HITE mouthpiece has a modified channel and facing design which gives a full, golden-voiced alto tone that is truly attractive. The table is widened to accept an alto saxophone reed. Medium strength Vandoren Java cuts work well. This model is also the perfect compliment to the alto clarinet style basset horn.
  David Hite Alto Clarinet Mouthpiece

David Hite Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece  
J & D Hite Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece
Facings: Medium length, .068" tip

The internal design of the HITE bass clarinet mouthpiece is unique in bringing a beautiful focus to the sound, improving the usual fluffy middle B and giving good response to the typically weak upper register G. The facing has found great favor among orchestral bass clarinetists and is highly compatible with available reeds. With this mouthpiece, the bass clarinet is a joy to play and an easy double to learn.

David Hite Sax Mouthpieces
David Hite Professional Saxophone Mouthpieces
The balance of carefully designed and produced dimensions and facings gives HITE mouthpieces their extreme flexibility, superior intonation patterns and comfort through out the entire range of the instrument, at all dynamic levels.

J&D Hite professional model mouthpieces are made of top quality hard rubber and are personally hand-finished and tested to ensure consistency and playability. All J & D Hite professional models come with J & D HITE ligature and plastic cap.

David Hite Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece   J & D Hite Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece
Facings: One preferred facing: Medium short, .052" tip
The design of the Soprano Saxophone mouthpiece is similar to the French square throat style except that the square corners have been rounded. A longer bead at the back and lean sides cut down on the bulk of the mouthpiece. In response to players who have requested good low register response as well as an easy high register F and F#, we have developed a shorter, slightly more open facing. The refinement of the facing in both the table and the rails enhances the overall performance and playability.

J & D Hite "Commercial" Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Facings: One preferred facing: Medium long, .070" tip (comparable to a Meyer 6)
The "Commercial" alto mouthpiece is designed for general commercial playing -- stage bands, recording studios, show orchestras and jazz. Because of its inherent flexibility many players find it to be an ideal "cross-over" mouthpiece, suitable for both classic and popular styles. This model is especially attractive to flute and clarinet doublers who appreciate being able to play without excessive embouchure pressure.

This standard facing works well with Rico Jazz Select medium, LaVoz medium hard or Vandoren Java medium reeds. With the correctly balanced reed -- one with a good strong center and thinner, more vibrant sides -- this facing allows for plenty of power for lead players as well as softer dynamics for more delicate passages.
  David Hite Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

David Hite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece   J & D Hite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Facings: One preferred facing: Medium length, .095" tip (comparable to an Otto Link 6*)
The unique design of the Tenor mouthpiece features a moderately high baffle to give color and strength while avoiding a thin, edgy, "laser beam" sound. You can blend with a section, and also stand up and be heard! The channel size results in a nicely centered sound with a clear middle D. As with the other Saxophone mouthpieces, doublers will appreciate the power and flexibility they can achieve without excessive embouchure pressure -- and without destroying their flute embouchures.

Medium hard reeds (LaVoz, Rico Jazz Select or Vandoren Java cuts) work well on the standard tenor facing.

J & D Hite Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece
Facings: One preferred facing: Medium length, .105" tip
The Baritone mouthpiece is recommended for a variety of playing situations: concert and stage bands, sax quartets, studios and show orchestras. It has a flat, modestly raised baffle. The table is angled in such a way that the tip of the reed is centered on the bore of the mouthpiece. This improved design gives the bari a rich lean sound rather than the old style spread, heavy tone. Both high and low registers are enhanced, and tonal flexibility is facilitated.

Medium strength reeds with good center and vibrant tip and sides (LaVoz type cut) work well with the facing and internal dimensions of the mouthpiece.
  David Hite Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece

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