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Gonzalez F.O.F Bb Clarinet ReedsThe F.O.F. (For Our Friends) Bb Clarinet Reeds from Gonzalez come from organically grown Argentinean cane that is CNC controlled and hand worked. With a Moree-style cut (high shoulder, long heart, thick blank) they produce a deep, full and focused tone.
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I agree that this reed produce a nice dark rich tone, but however I think the response is a bit slower than other reeds that I have used. Furthermore it works well on only some of my mouthpieces. It is not as free-blowing as the other reeds. I would use this reed for certain orchestra pieces only.
I think someone told a fib on the quality of these reeds. Out of the box, only 1 was actually usable, and it wasn't even all that good anyways. Let me tell you whats wrong: I took all the neccesary steps to break in each of these reeds and they seemed to work for a bit, and then every reed went downhill(except for the par reed). They were especially unstable in the lower register, most notably open G, D, C and low G. Each and every note was accompanied by a faint but EXTREMELY annoying airy sound that no other reed gave me. So then I did a little research and found out that Gonzalez F.O.F 3.5s were harder than Vandoren V12 3.5s. So then it all made sense and I knew I would eventually get used to them. Well after a month they're still unstable and I knew I got used to them because they were more responsive. I play on a Vandoren 5RV Lyre, suited for 3.5, 3.5+ and 4... for Vandoren reeds. Maybe I got a bad box or the reeds were a bit too hard for my mouthpiece. Next time I'm getting 3s
These reeds have great response. I love the fact that this company gives you the option of chosing 1/4 sizes as well. Great tone.
I used to use vandoren's V12 #4( I still use them sometimes), and I have to admit that they give a nice dark sound and the altissimo notes are so clean with a non piercing sound, but Gonzalez reeds give the chamaleu range a really nice mellow sound in compared to V12. However, the higher range is brighter, especially the altissimo range.
These reeds have a very warm sound and are very consistent throughout each box.
Even the reeds that are not as good are playable for practice reeds etc.
I have tried Rico, Vandoren, Mitchell-Lurie, and Vandoren V12 reeds, and went to Gonzalez just this year. The only other reeds that come close to comparing with these are the V12's. These reeds give a nice, dark sound, and I recommend these for any students and maybe any professionals.
These reeds are modeled after the old Morre reed that Marcellus used to use. Their profile is steeper then the Vandoren V-12 which a lot of people use.. thicker heal and thinner tip. But, if you are the kind that likes to "chew on the reed" as Marcellus used to say, you are probably not going to like them. They work best on close facing mouthpieces, and ARE NOT CONSISTENT in terms of strength; I can use about 50% of them. But when you get a good one, there is nothing like them for that Marcellus sound.
You know when you go through that box of Vandoren V12s and you find that one real player. That one reed that makes you go "Ahhh!...!" When if you could have a box of 10 of these, you can with these reeds. Absolutely hands down, with a doubt the best box of reeds I've ever played.
I have gone through different companies over the past decade for reeds. Rico, Vandoren, Michele Lurie were my major brands that I have tried. My experience with Gonzalez F.O.F 3.5 Bb clarinet reeds is nothing short of spectacular. When you open a box of these reeds, you are going to get an almost full box of high quality "concert ready" reeds as they claim. They are not exaggerating. One point to test, take a Vandoren, or whatever you were playing, and a Gonzalez reed over a light, and compare the grain. The consistency of Gonzalez reeds material-wise is exceptional. The grain is perfectly even, with little to no bark. These reeds will not squeak easily, so they are dependable reeds. The sound is so full too, because of the butt of the reeds. Take a Michele Lurie, Vanoren, and Gonzalez reed, and compare butts. The Gonzalez gives you that thick dark "German" sound, with the articulation of "French" reeds. I am most satisfied with them, and would not dare to change reed companies.
Based upon my 1st try of 6 Gonzalez reeds, I don't find them to be particularly good. I've been playing on Vandoren's for many years & I find normally 7-8 of 10 in a box that will work for me after a bit of adjustment. I've found so far 1 Gonzalez that might work but even that's not assured. I'll try them again several times to see, but normally they would show more promise when I 1st try them.
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