Kaplan Viola Strings

Last week, the sales team got a first-hand look at the new Kaplan Viola sets. We're all excited to now offer one of one of the most sought-after, balanced Viola sets on the market and thought we'd tell you all about it. 


Offering a beautiful, rich tonal palette and superb bowing response characteristics - the Kaplan viola set is aimed at the most discerning professional musicians. These sets provide clarity and warmth across registers, and versatility throughout the dynamic spectrum, allowing top-level players the control, expression, and worry-free playing experience they demand.

Building on the success of the Kaplan Viola A strings, the Kaplan viola set adds a new and complimentary D, G, and C-string component. Kaplan Viola set and singles are available in medium and heavy tensions, long scale. A light tension A-string is available as a single string only. 

Sales Tip: As per D'Addario's Orchestral Product Specialist, Liz Benoit Crew, the most commonly asked question she's received at educator shows is "how is this different from Helicore?"  Liz's answer - "the Kaplan viola set provides an extremely easy bow response, known to those already familiar with the Helicore viola set. Additionally, Kaplan Viola offers both greater projection and a wider tonal palette of sound, giving discerning musicians a broader range of expression.

Selling Features:

  1. Developed in partnership with professional violists around the world.
  2. Viola, being a bigger instrument than violin, makes it inherently more difficult to get around. Kaplans have a very quick bow response, which provides additional ease of playing. Less energy spent on bowing = more energy put toward musical expression.
  3. Combines the perfect amount of warmth and richness with clarity and focus. 
  4. Tone is balanced and matched across the set. No struggling with strings that sound drastically different, or mixing/matching different string sets. Balanced and matched tone gives you better intonation and a more worry-free playing experience.

Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

As vintage mouthpieces become more expensive and increasingly rare, clarinetists are running out of options for well-made, great-sounding mouthpieces. Reserve mouthpieces are the answer. They give every player access to the inspiring vintage tone they need to sound their best.

To create the world's first 100% precision-milled, vintage-inspired clarinet mouthpieces, you need three things: a team of the nation's foremost clarinetists and craftsmen, a company dedicated to technological innovation, and the unwavering determination to build something legendary. The Reserve mouthpieces were developed during a multi-year campaign that required constant problem solving, a single-minded commitment to perfection, and astonishing feats of technology. 

Cutting-edge technology is at the core of the Reserve mouthpieces, and every product made by Rico and D'Addario. Reserve mouthpieces are milled, not molded, from solid rubber rods. This is how mouthpieces were made back in the good old days—when vintage mouthpieces were just mouthpieces. Milling from solid rubber affords ultimate control over every aspect of mouthpiece design and ensures the greatest production consistency. Today, most mouthpieces are made from molded blanks, which can produce inconsistent results. 

Preeminent clarinetists including Mark Nuccio and Richie Hawley—with their mastery of the instrument, passion for vintage mouthpieces and experience developing Reserve reeds—were tapped as artistic advisors for the Reserve mouthpiece project. As their innovative ideas, concepts and requirements unfolded, Rico and D'Addario hired dedicated machinists and engineers to turn these ideas into realities. Lee Livengood —who is famous for his artisanal handmade mouthpieces—jumped at the chance to oversee production and help bring this superior new mouthpiece to life. 

Reserve mouthpieces are rooted in vintage design but are produced using ultra-modern methods. This blend of old and new allows the Reserve mouthpieces to offer an unparalleled evenness in the tone—a mouthpiece characteristic clarinetists have been chasing since the dawn of the instrument. 

Below are 5 key selling features and video. Follow the link at the end of this post, answer the questions, and we'll send you a 20% off code for any Reserve Mouthpiece!

Selling Features:

  1. Reserve mouthpieces are milled, not molded, from solid rubber rods to ensure consistency. 
  2. Designed and produced in USA to the most precise tolerances. 
  3. Zero handwork for maximum consistency
  4. Designed in cooperation with top clarinetists, craftsmen & engineers.
  5. Reserve mouthpieces are available in close (1.00mm), medium (1.05mm), and medium open (1.10mm) facings.