"Artiste´" Replica 1930's Charles Chedeville Paris Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece
Imagine stepping back in time to one of the most vibrant, creative, innovative moments in history and being able to relive it first hand – a place and a time when music, literature, art, dance and cuisine were all experiencing an exhilarating revolution. We’re talking Paris in the 1920’s, a moment in time that witnessed a rare convergence of inspiration and inventiveness in the arts and culture.
Paris in the twenties was also the center of great innovation for woodwind instrument makers. Many illustrious instrument makers blossomed during that period, such as Selmer, Buffet, Lorée, Louis Lot and countless others. They understood the science and the acoustics behind instrument making and were extremely progressive for the time.
At the heart of this revolution was a clarinetist named Charles Chedeville, who founded a company specializing in high-quality clarinet mouthpieces. He manufactured them from a pedigree blended hard rubber rod which he had developed, and which produced an overall gorgeous sound and beautiful harmonic ring that soon became very popular.Chedeville’s original mouthpieces were engraved “Charles Chedeville, Artistic Facing, Paris, Steel Ebonite,” with the legendary interlocking CC’s on the right side of the table, and were very distinctive. His company was a lot smaller than Selmer and Buffet, but the mouthpieces he made were very much in demand. During WWII the company went through many production changes, some of them for the worse. The company was sold to Lelandais in 1949 and, although they used their own brand on the mouthpieces, they still retained many of the Chedeville engravings.
Blanks were also sold to Charles’s cousin Henri, a clarinet repairman.Henri moved to New York City in the 1920’s and later opened a shop in Philadelphia, where heproceeded to sell the French mouthpieces. Unfortunately, over the years production methods changed, and the two cousins did not agree on their concepts of mouthpiece making and design.Many professional players found that the American version of the Chedeville mouthpiece could not compare to those made in France in the 1920’s and 30’s, and shared very little of their original unique beauty and magic.The brand name was mythical, but the mouthpieces themselves were mediocre.As time went by, the mystique grew for early Chedeville mouthpieces, which were becoming more and more scarce. New generations of clarinet players found the design enchanting and valued the scientifically designed bore and chamber.But, sadly, they were very hard to come by and were getting harder with each passing year.
Here at Retro Revival we are extremely fortunate to have an original interlocking “CC” 1930’s French Charles Chedeville, Paris mouthpiece, which we were able to reverse engineer in order to create a remarkably precise replica. Now you, too, can travel back to Paris in the twenties and thirties and experience the magic of an authentic Chedeville clarinet mouthpiece.