Meri’s Musical Musings

My Favourite Music Products (including three that are $10 or less!)

Posted on: April 3, 2013

  • Clark W. Fobes Debut Clarinet Mouthpiece. An amazing affordable student-level mouthpiece that is hand-finished and fine tone, at a price that is very reasonable. (around $35 US) Also available for saxophone. There are other mouthpieces that are comparable or lower priced which I’ve tried out myself or with students, but these ones have by far the best tone quality
  • Korg Metronome. For $20, it’s got all the features and more not available on more expensive models and especially metronome apps on smartphones.
  • Finale 2012 Notepad. 100% Free, limited in a number of ways, but good for people to first get acquainted with music notation programs.
  • Allora musical instrument cases.
  • Wenger Music Stands. Much better than the brands most schools use, and quite a bit less expensive.
  • Legere Reeds. Though the reeds cost 10 times more than regular cane reeds, they last 15-20 times longer with reasonable care in handling. They have a “student strength” model which is useful for beginner students, about about $10 a reed, and the professional versions are $20-$25 a reed.
  • Portable music stand bags. Really great gift, and very inexpensive, many places sell them for less than $10, and often you can find them for $5 each or less.

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