What are Claripatch?
Claripatch are very thin and reusable aluminium coated plastic patches cut with high precision in different shapes. Claripatch are placed between the reed and the mouthpiece of the clarinet. Claripatch allows you to make the most of your reeds as well as noticeably prolong their life expectancy, all without having to modify your mouthpiece in any way. The philosophy behind Claripatch is that you no longer need to change your technique to suit your reed; by choosing the suitable Claripatch you can adapt each reed to your normal technique.
How does Claripatch work?
Claripatch adapts the curvature of the mouthpiece facing to optimise the reed’s vibrations. It also reduces energy loss caused by the reed hitting the lay, and thus Claripatch creates the pleasant sensation of greater flexibility. Contrary to other existing systems, Claripatch allows modification of all parameters of the curvature: not only the length of the facing and the size of the opening of the mouthpiece, but also the overall form of the curvature.
The eight Claripatch – Profiles
Two years of research were necessary to bring the system to fruition. Eight profiles among hundreds of prototypes were chosen in order to address the reed problems regularly encountered. For a new or ageing reed, for one that is too hard or too weak, too bright, too woolly or too wet, or for a reed that lost its support there is a Claripatch profile. You can overlay identical or different patches to obtain a greater variety of lays. With all 16 patches, you have in theory 6561 possibilities, however it is preferable to restrict yourself to a smaller number of combinations!
Claripatch is a precision product
The eight Claripatch profiles modify the curvature of your mouthpiece by 2 to 5 onehundredths of a millimetre with a degree of accuracy of ±2 microns. The pinch-patch ring allows you to maintain this same precision once you place a patch on your mouthpiece. The material used in the fabrication of Claripatch is non-toxic, food compatible and extremely strong; it is a type of plastic that is also used in space programs. Generally speaking, clarinetists who use a mouthpiece with a small to moderate tip opening, a fairly long facing, a firm reed, and who take a relatively large amount of the mouthpiece while exercising moderate pressure with the lips, will obtain the best results with Claripatch.