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The Vandoren Black Diamond ebonite mouthpiece features a unique internal and external design, and this new HD series is enhanced further by the introduction of a high density ebonite core material. This is the 13 series variant which has a bore designed to play at ‘American pitch’ (A440). This is relevant especially if you play a Buffet R13 style bore design of Clarinet which will benefit from this 13 series internal shaping. If in doubt, please contact us for assistance.

The new internal design of the BD (compared to the traditional Vandoren mouthpieces of years gone by) offers the musician a full sound, rich in depth and colour, especially in the upper register of the clarinet. The available models in this standard BD series now include a variety of models - each offers a different tip opening and facing design. Check out the info and table below for all the relevant tech specs.

Vandoren BD4 - High Density Ebonite (13 Series):  Similar sound emission/quality to the BD5 (the original BD design), but the BD4 has a slightly larger tip with a Med-Long facing. We advise comparing the two where possible.

Vandoren BD5 - High Density Ebonite (13 Series):  The original BD design and still them most popular at Dawkes. A great balance of resistance, response and depth of tone. Perfect with Rue L'Epic #3 or #3.5 reeds for the majority of players.

Vandoren BD6 - High Density Ebonite (13 Series):  Ideal for players who prefer a slightly larger tip opening, such as the classic B45 type design. The BD6 has a medium facing length and suits slightly softer reeds than the BD5.


Tip Opening (1/100mm)

Facing Length

Recommended Reeds




#3 to #3.5




#3 to #3.5




#2.5 to #3.5

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