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Peter Ponzol Tenor Saxophone Reeds  Strength 2.5 

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About Ponzol Reeds - by Peter PonzolAfter my tour, I went to the south of France, particularly the Var valley where the best cane is grown. I learned...Click To Read More About This Product

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About Ponzol Reeds - by Peter Ponzol

After my tour, I went to the south of France, particularly the Var valley where the best cane is grown. I learned that the demand for good aged cane far exceeded the supply. This was because of many factors including weather and the tremendous increase in the amount of saxophonists around the world. Large companies were faced with either not having reeds to sell, or to use cane that was not properly aged. During my travels and investigations, I met a man who had his own cane fields and was willing to work with me to develop my own style of reed. The cane this man has is wild cane, meaning that no one planted it as a crop, it just happens to grow wild in this area. Experience has taught me that this special wild cane when aged properly produces more reeds that are playable and they play longer. I developed a cut using what I considered to be the best attributes of the reeds that I had been using, V16 and Hemke. My cut has more material at the top and less at the heart. In my opinion this produces a reed that needs to be broken in, but when properly broken in they will play for a long time. Most players tell me that they get at least 7 or 8 reeds out of ten that play and they play for a long time.
I am often asked if they work well with my mouthpieces. Obviously they should work well with all mouthpieces, but in being able to design both the mouthpiece and reed, there is a certain synergy between my mouthpiece and reeds. I offer only one cut, the one that I feel is right for the majority of players and mouthpieces. Its impossible to make a reed or mouthpiece for that matter that will work for everyone, but I believe that given a fair try, Ponzol reeds will be the solution for many of you. The production is small and we never use cane that is not ready, so they have not always been easy to find. By giving Woodwind & Brasswind an exclusive for the US market, it is my hope that Ponzol reeds will be ready available at a new lower price. Try them, they just might make your saxophone life a lot easier.


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Tenor Saxophone Reeds

  • Cut: Double
    Material: French Var Cane
    Quantity: 5
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Peter PonzolTenor Saxophone Reeds
 
4.8

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4.0

I tried 2/12 strength and had to shave them.

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from Albuquerque NM

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Pros

  • Altissimo range wasn't too difficult.

Cons

  • Played dull. projection not good. Need refining

Best Uses

  • Decent jazz reed once shaved.

Comments about Peter Ponzol Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I normally play the cheapest reeds on the market because I always have to alter them anyway.

Why spend more on reeds when I will need to shave and shape them? I've used Rico soft reeds for decades. I will continue to search for a better less costly reed but It seems that I always go back to Ricos.

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5.0

wow!!!!!!!!!

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from las vegas, NV

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Comments about Peter Ponzol Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I really like these reeds. When i got them i was very suprised at how responsive they are. This is the first box of reeds i have ever had that not one didnt play amazingly. These reeds are definatly worth a try.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VERY GOOD REEDS

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from USA

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Comments about Peter Ponzol Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I used Rico Royal 2.5 Tenor reeds for years with my vintage Martin sax and Otto piece. I decided to try these reeds as an alternate. What a difference they made. Very nice response. I don't write reviews on products that often but would recommend these reeds. They play well both on the high end and low. Recommend them to others. Thanks.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Jazz

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from Music City

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Comments about Peter Ponzol Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I love these reeds. I play big band and smooth jazz and these reeds are great. I have played these reeds on Links, Bergs, Dukoffs, Sugals, and Jody Jazz and these reeds can hang with all of them. I have played Ricos, V16s, Javas, ZZs, Superials and none of them worked with all my mouthpieces like the Ponzols. Ponzols are the best bang for the buck.

(12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Cheap reeds

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from California

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Comments about Peter Ponzol Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I've been using Vandoren JAVA's for a while now and then I saw these and decided to give them a try. I use them (Strength 3) with my Bari WTII Mouthpiece and the tone is excellent! They are cheaper and in my opinion, better. I would recommend these reeds to everyone.

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