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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
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FibracellPremier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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surprisingly good; won't go back to cane

I have been a band director for 18 years. clarinet is my main instrument, and i've always wanted to try the fibracell reed. i just got my r13 overhauled, so i figured i'd...Read complete review

I have been a band director for 18 years. clarinet is my main instrument, and i've always wanted to try the fibracell reed. i just got my r13 overhauled, so i figured i'd try a new reed. i really wasn't expecting much, but when i got the reed, it immediately surprised me how closely it resembled a cane reed. i put it on my mouthpiece, instinctively licking it even though it doesn't need it, and blew a phrase from Weber's Concertino. the tone jumped out and the notes were in tune and effortless. i am sold. why didn't i use this in college? i could have been practicing instead of scraping, choosing, stressing and buying so many different brands....

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Good student reed

If the bottoms of the reeds were not heavily coated and smooth they could be used professionally. They can't be clipped but will tolorate slight softening with 360 and/or 400 emery paper.

If the bottoms of the reeds were not heavily coated and smooth they could be used professionally. They can't be clipped but will tolorate slight softening with 360 and/or 400 emery paper.

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3.0

Good student reed

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from Glen Cove, NY

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Pros

  • Olays Like Cane

Cons

  • Not All Reedssmooth Flat

Best Uses

  • Good Student Reed

Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

If the bottoms of the reeds were not heavily coated and smooth they could be used professionally. They can't be clipped but will tolorate slight softening with 360 and/or 400 emery paper.

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5.0

A clarinet reed that played easily

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from St Louis, MO

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Pros

  • Cheap Because They Last
  • Consistently Playable
  • Feels Close To Cane
  • Great If Doubling
  • Not Slippery

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      I am an older player (84) After a 60 year layoff I resumed playing in a concert band. Formerly competent,
      I took lessons and experimented with 5 different mouthpieces and reeds. A Van Doren Lyre mouthpiece,
      with Fibrocel 2.5 on a new Buffet E11 made re-entry into music far easier.I recommended them to another older "retread" player and it worked for him too.

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      2.0

      not wjat the price would suggest.

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      from NE. PA

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      have been using the less expensive Fiber reeds and they worked great and sounded great. This 3.75 reed was very hard to get to work an required a different position in my mouth to use.

      should have a way to get your money back.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Lets get one thing straight - reeds do not play out of tune.

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      from Ashburnham MA.

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      Players play out of tune. Reeds can have a variety of timbres and sounds, and generally, cane reeds have a richer sound than most (including Fibracell) synthetic reeds. But I have played now for 40+ years professionally on all saxophones, clarinets (Bb and bass), with Firbracell (and older versions of it). It does not have the deep richness of the cane reeds, but it is pretty darn good if you know how to play and can set up your horn with the correct mouthpiece. Fibracell can get by for "legit" music in the majority of cases, but some higher level players will not be happy with the lack of the woody cane sound. Don't get me wrong, it can have a rich sound based on your particular setup, but simply swapping out a cane reed and stuffing a Fibracell on will not produce the same sound. You will probably have to play with mouthpieces too. In a jazz or rock setting - definitely use the Fibracell. I used to keep 7 horns in front of me for doubling purposes (2 clarinets,flute, 4 saxes) and there was no way I was going to be keeping all those horns working good with any cane reed. Fibracell excel in the altisimo registers on both the clarinets, and saxes. They are uncommonly stable, and almost always play about the same. Consistent is the word that should be used. So in summary - if your horn is set up with the right combo of mouthpiece and reed, and your ear works well, the horn will play in tune. If the reed is wrong or the mouthpiece is wrong, you can still play in tune but it takes more effort. The harder the reed, generally means the smaller the mouthpiece opening and the more possibility of intonation issues. Your physical conditioning also makes a difference in intonation. If you have no real diaphragm support, forget good intonation. So don't blame the reed or mouthpiece, blame yourself.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Reed!

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      from Bastrop, TX

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      I have played in several community orchestra's and concert bands over the years. I play a Buffet R-13 Greenline, which is a great instrument because of its stability and consistent tone. I have used the same Fibracell reed for many years now. The tone, to me, is a little brighter than a standard cane reed, which is fine for the style of music we play. This reed is great for situations where I have to play a solo in church, or double in the pit for a theater gig and have to pick up the instrument after it has been sitting for some time. You do not ever ever have to worry about whether the reed dried up! Longevity is amazing.

      (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      surprisingly good; won't go back to cane

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      from Honolulu, Hawai'i

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      I have been a band director for 18 years. clarinet is my main instrument, and i've always wanted to try the fibracell reed. i just got my r13 overhauled, so i figured i'd try a new reed. i really wasn't expecting much, but when i got the reed, it immediately surprised me how closely it resembled a cane reed. i put it on my mouthpiece, instinctively licking it even though it doesn't need it, and blew a phrase from Weber's Concertino. the tone jumped out and the notes were in tune and effortless. i am sold. why didn't i use this in college? i could have been practicing instead of scraping, choosing, stressing and buying so many different brands....

      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      You won't play in tune.

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      from Las Cruces, NM

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      Pushing in everything all the way wasn't enough to get this reed out of the flat side. On a regular Vandoren V12 I play around 25 cents sharp pushed all the way in. The Fibracell played 10 cents flat pushed all the way in. Mine could have been a dud but I don't recommend this unless you have a 64 mm barrel. Also, go up one half strength.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fibercell Reed

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      from Stockton, CA

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      I was initially skeptical but wanted to try one. Absolutely love it! I played with a Vandoren cane reed and within minutes changed back to the Fibercell again. Won't use cane any more. Fibercell produces clear tones and it's nice to not have to soak it. Longevity is a real plus as well. Excellent product and well worth the $

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best reeds EVER, but they've changed...

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      from Durham, NH

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      I had three Fibracell reeds from the original recipe. The last one is 15 years old and still plays OK but is finally starting to wear out. I tried to replace it and found that they changed their production recipe so the new Fibracells don't last quite as long, and don't have quite so crisp a sound, but still a vast improvement over cane or cane/plastic composites. If you're tired of going through boxes of reeds every month, Fibracell reeds deliver everything promised in the description on the box: it feels like cane, but plays better, more consistently, and longer than cane. Respect this reed.

      (8 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Unplayable and a waste of money

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      from Philadelphia, PA

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      Comments about Fibracell Premier Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed:

      I am a high school student with 6 years of experience on clarinet and I play in five different ensembles including highly selective school and community orchestras/bands. I normally use Vandoren V12 3.5s, with a Vandoren M15 mouthpiece on an older Buffet R13. I typically throw away half of the reeds in a box as soon as I open it, and would love to find a synthetic reed that would last longer than the cane reeds. We were disappointed by the Fibracell. I tried out the Fibracell 3.5 reed with my teacher, a professional orchestral clarinetist. We determined that the 3.5 was soft, played out of tune, and with bad tone. It also is not possible to play the highest notes on the instrument using this reed. (The highest I could get was to altissimo G or A.) In short, this is a disappointment and a waste of money.

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