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Fibracell Synthetic Tenor Saxophone ReedThey 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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These are nice synthetic reeds, they give your horn a very nice warm tone that can turn muddy if you already have a dark tone on your horn. They last a long time as well, I have a f=Fibracell Premier No. 4 that I use with a Dukoff D9 on a vintage Evette Schaeffer tenor. For me the playability is a little stiffer than a Legere Studio Cut 2.75, it does have more resistance, to where the tone sounds just a little nasaly, and it has that same slightly harsh over tone that the Legere has. The Fibracell feels more like a natural reed and does not get as slippery as say a Legere. The vamp of the reed is much longer on the Fibracell though and that might be contributing to the more warm almost muddy sound of the Fibracell. Overall it is an excellent reed for Classical music, I would use a Legere or even a Harry Hartman for Jazz music; but to each his own.
This is the first synthetic reed that I have tried, so I cannot compare it to other brands. I think it may be the original though. I now it's been around for over 30 years anyway. I am a big fan of cane reeds and pretty fussy about them too. My main set-up is a stainless Berg Larsen .120 tip. My mouthpiece is fussy about what reed I use. I've had the best results with Rico jazz select cane reeds. I play in a rock/dance band that does a lot of outdoor gigs and am a doubler so have had a hard time keeping my reeds moist enough. This reed solved the problem!
I purchased one of these on the advice of a friend. I wanted a very bright sound since the gigs I play include Rock, Blues and Salsa. When I first tried it on my piece I was excited because of the immediate response but at the gig it felt like it couldn't handle the challenge when I played LOUD and crapped out (especially in the higher register). So after the first couple of songs, I put on a Rico JS and to my surprise the rico was more versatile. Looks like I'll stick to cane
I have been playing Fibracell tenor sax reeds for the past 4 months without switching back to a cane reed. I rotate between 7 reeds and have found great consistancy in volume, timbre, and ease of playing. Some of the reeds have been played 20 to 30 times and still sound good. They don't warp, chip, splinter or lose resonance. After a while some of the Kevlar fibers appear along the edges but can be trimmed off. My biggest concern is a bit of the clear bonding material used on the table side of the reed has peeled off a few reeds. It has happened to a small percentage of the reeds I have purchased. However, the benefits of playing the Fibracell reed still outweighs any problems I have encouintered. I have no desire to switch back to cane reeds. I spend my playing time playing, rather than searching for a good cane reed all day. I have far less mouthpiece issues now, which is a great relief for a saxophone player.
The first true word that comes to mind about this reed is WOW! I am a gigging musician and play on a Conn Naked Lady tenor, and for that old beauty, with a Runyon rubber mouthpiece, this reed makes this old horn come to life! It works instantaneously out of its container, with NO WARPING!!! This reed is going through its ultimate test right now because I am currently playing in a musical, and I have multiple horn switches. I don't have time to wet and re-wet all of my reeds after they haven't been played for a while. So, I use a fibracell on my alto, and soprano as well, and I am going to buy one for my clarinet! I love it, and would recommend it to anyone with any sort of playing experience! It's well worth the price, and lasts for a VERY long time!
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