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Description
Fibracell reeds deliver vibrant tone with great longevity.
  • 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
    Aren't affected by heat or humidity

Fibracell Synthetic Bb Clarinet Reed
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.

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"Unplayable and a waste of money"


by Izzy - 7/17/2011 7:47:25 PM  Share
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very active student classical Philadelphia, PA
4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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


by David Moyer - 11/21/2011 5:44:16 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active player for 20 years mostly classical, some contemporary Durham, NH
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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.

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"surprisingly good; won't go back to cane"


by Darren - 8/17/2010 10:25:53 AM  Share
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Band Director classical, theater Honolulu, Hawai'i
14 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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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"reed"


by randy - 8/25/2009 11:47:09 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High school student marching band, jazz, concert lancaster ca
4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

this reed is an alright reed . it has a bit of a rough sound but is still great for marching band.

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"Excellent reed"


by Ana Luperi - 9/2/2009 6:31:35 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Professional player Classical, Jazz Fort Worth, TX
32 people out of 33 found this review helpful

I'm the principal clarinetist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and am proud to admit I play on a Fibracell reed. Sounds and plays just like a wood reed, but with the ease of use of a plastic reed. Just put it on and play, no warming up required!

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I've been playing Vandoren #3 Clarinet Reeds for many years. I wind up throwiing over 50% away because they are either too hard of too soft. Which strength Fibrecell clarinet reed is best for me
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