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Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed  Strength 1 

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Fibracell reeds deliver vibrant tone with great longevity.

They have brilliant overtones for a full, resonant tone, a quick response for better articulation, and excellent pitch stability and intonation, even for clarinet. Best of all, they have the same woody tone as cane but with better projection. Fibracell reeds even have the same weight and stiffness as cane (cane floats and so does Fibracell!) but they last up to 4 times longer with no unplayable reeds and aren't affected by heat or humidity. With their high strength and long-lasting durability, they're less likely to give out on you in the middle of a performance, too.

What is Fibracell?

Fibracell is a sophisticated composite of aerospace materials designed to exactly duplicate the way nature constructs the cane that goes into the very best cane reeds. Very stiff but sound-absorbing Kevlar fibers are suspended in a lightweight rosin using extremely exacting production standards. Each reed is precisely machined and trimmed for a consistently perfect shape, so you get the same reed time and time again.

FEATURES
  • Kevlar and lightweight rosin material
  • Brilliant overtones
  • Quick response
  • Excellent pitch stability and intonation
  • Powerful projection
  • Same woody tone as cane
  • Same weight and stiffness as cane
  • Last up to 4 times longer than cane
  • No unplayable reeds

Try a Fibracell reed and discover the advantages. Order today!

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FibracellPremier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The reed that solved all my reed problems....

I don't know what the very last review on here could mean since I use this reed on a C* mouthpiece and it works just perfect. He must have gotten a dud but I...Read complete review

I don't know what the very last review on here could mean since I use this reed on a C* mouthpiece and it works just perfect. He must have gotten a dud but I won't ever need to know what he meant because I've been using this reed for about 2 months now and it plays EXACTALY like it did on the first day. This reed is a great money saver if youÆre starting to get sick of buying new packs of $20 reeds every week. Move over that hassle and experience what one of these reeds is truly capable of. Just imagine your best playing cane reed you've ever broken in now imagine that reed never dying or chipping. That's what a Fibracell could imitate if you just simply get a thick one of these(like say the 4 or maybe even 5) and then learn to use a small tool that's not too sharp, but sharp enough to shave away the reed to make it thinner until it feels right when you play it. I did this and it's worked great for me. But if you don't want to have to go through with that just get a size that's about 1/2 strength higher then what you use in cane. Trust me, if never want to have to buy reeds again, let this be the last reed you buy. You won't regret it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I'd rather play on my 10yo cracked Legere

I went out on a limb and purchased a Fibracell Premier 3.5-strength reed and one other synthetic reed of a different brand after reading up on reviews and comparing prices.
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I went out on a limb and purchased a Fibracell Premier 3.5-strength reed and one other synthetic reed of a different brand after reading up on reviews and comparing prices.

I have to say this is the first time in almost 10 years that I have ventured into the synthetic reed territory after trying a Legere 3.25 plastic reed. Even though it had a noticeably different tone than a real cane reed I was still surprised at how similarly it played to one. The reason I didn't stay on Legere was because of the fact that after playing for about an hour the reed would change in behavior, becoming noticeably softer and harsher-toned.

I decided to wait a while before taking the plunge again. I recently figured that by now surely someone had improved or even perfected what had come before. I wanted to get back into the habit of playing and didn't feel like dropping approximately $30 on a box of 10 reeds to find 5-6 of those unsatisfactory. I resolved that after I had run through the reeds I had already purchased, I would try synthetics again.

I read many reviews claiming that they were worried about having it play soft and bright only to be presently surprised, however my person experience did not go the same.

I have to say, that this is NOT what I had hoped for. Strength comparison charts indicated that a Fibracell Premier 3.5 would be comparable to a Vandoren 3 when at the absolute best they are more comparable to a Vandoren 2.

The reed itself also seems to have some production flaws including inconsistent density in parts as well as what looks to be its own fibers clinging to the tip of the reed. These can be seen in the attached picture.

One of the main selling points of synthetic reeds is consistency. If you cannot deliver even on this, then there is no point.

All the fears I had about trying this reed were spot on. I won't be getting this again.

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2.0

Doubtful

By 

from Durham, NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

As far as I'm concerned, the jury is still out with regard to this product. It was highly recommended to me by an experienced reed player. My expectation that it would give me the same tone quality (timbre) as a regular cane reed. I can't this was my experience. The tone is a bit brash, higher overtones, perhaps I am over-blowing, but at this point I prefer the sound I get from a cane reed.
As I own it, I will continue to use it in practice sessions and perhaps I may grow to like it over time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I want it to sound good, not like a cane reed. Yay! it does.

By 

from Tampa

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Minor inconsistency in reed strength

Best Uses

  • If it works it works

Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

I've been using Fibracell reeds for over a year now & am very comfortable with them to the point of using them exclusively after a trial with Legere' Signature series reeds on Alto. Although I was impressed with the Legere' & gave it the win by comparison between the two, it was not a win by enough to justify paying the Legere' price. The Legere' played a little easier than the Fibracell reed in the altissimo range for me, but at the same time, the Legere' generates more moisture than the Fibracell & depending on the mpc fit the Legere' had a tendency to pinch if not careful. My continued play with the Fibracell has also aided my adjustment & comfort with it, so I have improved control of them now. There's a lot of character to be had in these reeds, by going up & down in strength, where a Fibracell on the soft side plays bright with a little edge for me. The negative review posted by Jackson along with a picture is premature in my opinion, as it was arrived at using apparently one attempt with a reed that had a problem in the first place as can be seen in the picture he added. I have purchased 7 #2.5 Fibracell reeds which work great with my Cannonball Stone series Raven and its 5J .071 mpc, which I moved to from my ESM Classic. The object is to get the right reed strength & tip opening combination so that even with the small variation in reed strength from one to the next, it is hardly noticeable. If my mpc tip was closed by about .001-.002, I believe all 7 reeds would feel about the same. I purchased 7 reeds to rotate through weekly to preserve their consistency in play. The oldest is more than a year old. By comparison on the same mpc, my Legere' #2 is stiffer than my Fibracell 2.5, it's that kind of variation that you must respect & understand. The right combo must be obtained first before you have a chance at a great outcome, which may require a different mpc &/or tip opening for a match with the reed strength range. Reed to tip tuning is crucial.

 
5.0

Worth Buying

By 

from Mansfield, Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

    Play gospel saxophone in church every Sunday.

     
    5.0

    I'm switching to these

    By 

    from Mebane, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

      I've used hand-picked Rico Royals for years and after reading some online reviews, decided to try the Fibracell Premier. Completely amazing. It's as consistent top to bottom as my best cane reeds and I expect them last much longer. I play these on all my saxes now.

       
      5.0

      This is My favorite reed

      By 

      from Brewster, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

      I love it

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I'd rather play on my 10yo cracked Legere

      By 

      from Fort Worth, TX

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Extremely bright sound
        • Poor quality
        • Weak

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

          I went out on a limb and purchased a Fibracell Premier 3.5-strength reed and one other synthetic reed of a different brand after reading up on reviews and comparing prices.

          I have to say this is the first time in almost 10 years that I have ventured into the synthetic reed territory after trying a Legere 3.25 plastic reed. Even though it had a noticeably different tone than a real cane reed I was still surprised at how similarly it played to one. The reason I didn't stay on Legere was because of the fact that after playing for about an hour the reed would change in behavior, becoming noticeably softer and harsher-toned.

          I decided to wait a while before taking the plunge again. I recently figured that by now surely someone had improved or even perfected what had come before. I wanted to get back into the habit of playing and didn't feel like dropping approximately $30 on a box of 10 reeds to find 5-6 of those unsatisfactory. I resolved that after I had run through the reeds I had already purchased, I would try synthetics again.

          I read many reviews claiming that they were worried about having it play soft and bright only to be presently surprised, however my person experience did not go the same.

          I have to say, that this is NOT what I had hoped for. Strength comparison charts indicated that a Fibracell Premier 3.5 would be comparable to a Vandoren 3 when at the absolute best they are more comparable to a Vandoren 2.

          The reed itself also seems to have some production flaws including inconsistent density in parts as well as what looks to be its own fibers clinging to the tip of the reed. These can be seen in the attached picture.

          One of the main selling points of synthetic reeds is consistency. If you cannot deliver even on this, then there is no point.

          All the fears I had about trying this reed were spot on. I won't be getting this again.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Fibracell Reeds

          By 

          from Stamford,CT

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • J Have Been Using These R

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

              I have been using these reeds for years now and have found them to be consistent and long lasting all the time.

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              • No
               
              3.0

              OK if you get the right one

              By 

              from jacksonville, fl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Playable

              Cons

              • Too Soft

              Best Uses

              • Practice

              Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

              These reeds will play without soaking so if your horn has to sit on stage unused for awhile, these can be the solution. Be sure to order at least a full step harder than you would normally. I use a 2&1/2 so I got both a 2&1/2 and a 3. They are both too soft. The 3 is close but not playable in the upper register. They are too expensive to be buying one of every stiffness and, of course, you can't return reeds.

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              5.0

              Bright crisp sound

              By 

              from Hollywood, FL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lasts Up To Four Weeks E

              Cons

              • 1 Of 5 Are Inconsistent

              Best Uses

              • Plays Wellfrom The Start

              Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

              These reeds play well when you get one that's good. Unfortunately, not all reeds are consistent so the loss ads up when you have a new Fibracel that's too thin, thick or not dry enough.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LONGER LASTING-READY TO USE

              By 

              from OAKLAND, TN

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comparable Tone To Cane
              • Consistent Quality
              • Longer Lasting
              • No Soaking

              Cons

              • Higher Cost

              Best Uses

              • Studio Gigs

              Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed:

              I love these reeds.Unlike cane reeds there is no more soaking or warming up and each reed is consistent in playability. No more just one or two reeds of 10 that are usable as with the cane.Tone is also as good as cane and you get more gigs/reed than cane. If you haven`t already tried them do so and I think you`ll be happy. Besides if you use Fibracel you save a cane plant for a fisherman!!

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