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Rigotti Gold Clarinet ReedsRigotti Gold reeds represent the finest in precision and playability. Each box contains reeds that are very consistent due the use of sub-strengths light, medium, or strong. Box of 10.From experience, Rigotti Gold Reeds are typically a little softer than equivalent Vandoren Traditional ReedsAbout Rigotti CaneThe Best CaneEtsRigotti owes part of their reputation to their material. The canes of the Var and those of Cogolin are among the best in the world. Grown alongside rivers and streams, Rigotti Reeds represent a large area that is maintained all year round.CuttingThe cane is cut during a winter over four months from December to March. When the cane has reached maturity (after two years when it measures seven to eight meters tall with a diameter of 26cm to 32cm), it is cut and left in the open where it will be worked on. The work on the reeds is split into stages. Rigotti only keeps the 2 or 3 meters from the base (the rest is either burned or used as bamboo). They then cut (from the base to the top) the tubes and throw away the knots to obtain tubes suited to music. This is where the true work starts. Each tube is calibrated to a particular instrument.
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Having just played through a box of ten of these, it was a nightmare. The first reed played beautifully. The next nine were the opposite of free-blowing. Every note was a struggle, even though these were the strength I always play. I even went back to the Mitchell Lurie reed I use to see if something was wrong with me, but it played wonderfully as ever. I've played clarinet for almost forty years and am quite good. Everyone's embouchure is different, so maybe these reeds will suit you, but they didn't me. My soprano sax Rigotti reeds are fine.
My theory is that these Rigotti clarinet reeds don't vibrate like other reeds because they're so much longer. I cut the bottom quarter-inch off the "second best" reed and it got a little more playable. I have new appreciation for Mitchell Lurie's. When I play those I get five or more really good ones in a box of ten.
These reeds are good, but they have nothing on the traditional Vandoren reeds. These just lack the color and timbre that is needed to attain a rich clarinet tone. A few out of the box were good, but they weren't very many, only about 2 or 3 as I recall. Spend a few bucks more get the Vandoren reeds, I ordered a box just recently and got 5 good reeds, 2 bad ones, and 3 usable candidates.
Unlike any others, I have no luck with Vandoren products, and Ricos are of course rather sub-par for more serious playing. Zondas were good at first, but demand forced quality to fall. Mitchell Luries are stuffy in the low register. For a long time, I was reduced to buying multiple boxes of Vandorens and spending hours looking for the one good reed. The first box of these, on the other hand, had only one unplayable reed in it. I love them! They hold up very well, too. Tone can vary a bit, but hey, I do marching band, so I know what to do with the brighter ones. Definitely give these a shot! (Side note: 2.5 light is about a Vandoren 2.5; 2.5 medium is almost a Vandoren 3)
I have been trying different reeds for the past 2 years, always attempting to find something better and finding each brand slightly lacking. These reeds are phenomenal and deserve a try by any clarinetist. Go ahead, try a box, I doubt that you'll be disappointed.
Players with strong negative reviews probably don't know that reeds and mouthpieces need to work together. These reeds are very good for most well made mouthpieces. I make my own reeds and minor touchup on these reeds make them the best for my setup, and save me time making reeds from scratch.
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