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This proven design has been around since Chartier opened its doors for business. These bassoon reeds offer a mellow tone and are very easy to play.
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The first played great. The second does not play high notes well. We are beginning to conclude that ordering reeds from anywhere is totally a hit-and-miss experience. (We do avoid cheap machine-made reeds.) This opinion comes from my student daughter who is in her second year of playing bassoon. We do like this website best so far for giving us free shipping on reeds.
I decided to try out a new brand and bought two of these reeds at a medium-hard strength. One of them had a slight split in the cane, and the other leaked fairly significantly (which I was able to fix with some glue...). Both are playable now, but I'm not particularly thrilled with either of them. While there is typically some luck involved in buying reeds, it seems like at least one of them should have been without major problems.
I've been testing out all the commercial reeds for awhile to find the best reeds for my students. This is the first reed that had the right dimensions for me and played right out of the tube. I played it on a concert the day I got it and was very impressed. Every other brand of reed I've tried, I have had to work on the reed for awhile to get it playable, but with the Chartier, I didn't do a thing.
This very good reed for high notes but I do not recommend it for someone who plays a lower part (JonesÆs reeds are good for that). If you need high notes like if you are playing 1812 Overture it is great. I wish I could give it a 3.5.
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