Happy Holidays!

By Mike Vaccaro
(from Mike's Musings #19, our newsletter)

Happy Holidays to all. Next month, I will be discussing instrument repair, the need for it, where to go for it, and how often you need to get your instrument checked.

This month's edition, however, is a short advertisement, which I have never done before. SInce the Christmas Season is upon us, I thought I would give you some options for nice Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Until the 1st of the year all items for sale are discounted 15%.

We now take Apple Pay, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal


AV Prestige Clarinets
 -  In my opinion, with the Educator Model, AV Prestige Clarinets has made  the best student and intermediate clarinet on the planet. We also have our complete line of clarinets, including Bb, A, C soprano and Eb sopranino.

The Educator Clarinet is made of composite material and has Silver Keys like a professional instrument. It sounds like a professional instrument, and it plays like a professional instrument.

I think you will be amazed with this instrument, and the price is right. The Educator Clarinet will last you for many years. It can be upgraded from the basic model by adding our after-market wood barrel and bell and a custom-made mouthpiece. This is a  great instrument for woodwind doublers. It's fun to play, which is a plus for beginners or professionals.

Clarinet Barrels and Bells

Vaccaro and Stevens Barrels & Bells
Vaccaro and Stevens Barrels & Bells has been in business for 8 years now, and we are building a clientele of great professionals, teachers, and motivated students from around the world. Our proprietary design ensures top notch intonation and tone.

Our clarinets are offered in African Blackwood and Cocobolo wood.

Custom Mouthpieces


Mike Vaccaro Custom Mouthpieces – Whether your mouthpiece needs a simple tune-up, refurbishing, or you are looking for a new mouthpiece, we can accomodate your needs. It is important to remember that the mouthpiece, reed, and ligature make up the sound generation system and are the basis of your tone and your success as a musician.

Jazz and Classical CD’s

Jazz and Classical CD’s – Over the years I have made several CD’s which are available at the usual internet stores or directly from my website. Go to MikeVaccaro.com for more information.



Mike's Musings and Other Extras

Audio and Video Musings – From yours truly, view my writings and video messages at MikeVaccaro.com. If you have friends who you think might enjoy reading and watching these offerings, please let them know. Also let them know that they can subscribe to this ezine.


The quote at the top was taken from the internet and no author was given, so if you know where it came from let me know and I will credit them next month.

This Month's Quotes:

Don’t cry because it’s over….smile because it happened.     
                                                          ……… Dr. Seuss

Spend as much time as you can with people who live the way you want to live, who achieve the results you value, and who make you feel well about what you have to offer.
                                                              ……….my 11/08/2016 horoscope.

Tragedy happens, and at an increasing rate as we get older.

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress.
Working hard for something we love is called passion.
                                                             …….. Simon Siwel

Just our usual friendly reminder...
I sell custom -made mouthpieces, and clarinet barrels and bells,, clarinets, and of course my CD’s.

I would like to encourage you to purchase my new CD, Latin Love. You may purchase the CD as separate tracks, or as a complete CD, on all the standard sites, such as Amazon,
iTunes, CD Baby etc.

You may also purchase the CD and others, from Amazon.

Please help me empty my garage!


Accompanying me are the finest musicians in the Los Angeles area, and they all have a chance to stretch out on some fantastic solos.


Be happy with where you are at while you are trying to get to where you want to be.

Until the next Mike's Musings, here's wishing you all the best!