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Rigotti Gold Tenor Saxophone ReedsRigotti Gold Tenor Sax Reeds represent the finest in precision and playability. Hand picked and precisely cut, these reeds are consistent, focused and durable. Box of 10.The Best CaneEts Rigotti owes part of their reputation to their materials. The canes of the Var, and Cogolin regions of France are among the best in the world. Grown alongside rivers and streams, in an large area that is maintained all year round.CuttingRigotti Gold reeds are cut during a winter afternoon over four months from December to March. When the cane has reached maturity (after two years when it measures seven to eight meters with a diameter of 26cm to 32cm), it is cut left in the open where it will be worked on. The work on the reeds is split into stages: we use a 'plumes' to dispose of all the excess and 'feathers', we only keep the 2 or 3 meters from the base (the rest is either burned or used as bamboo). Then the tubes are cut (from the base to the top), and the knots are thrown to obtain batons suited to music. This is where the true work starts, each tube is calibrated to a particular instrument. The double reeds are for the oboe and bassoon, which must be wet to be bent and attached.
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After 4 months, I'm *still* playing on the same box of Rigotti Gold tenor reeds, 3.5 light. Every single reed in the box has the hallmark of great cane, with a rich golden color and dense uniform fibers. I've never opened a box of reeds and been so impressed with how they looked, before even playing them.
I've only thrown away 2 of the reeds, with other 8 being gig-worthy players. These 8 reeds have held up collectively over 4 months and have proven resilient and responsive.
In terms of sound/playability, they remind me of Rico Select Jazz or Vandoren ZZ (but are wayy more consisten). Considering how inexpensive these are, they're a must-try.
Having played as a professional Tenor Saxohone player in New York City for almost 15 years I have tries about every combination avaible ( Reeds & mouthpiece ) . Nothing compares to the quality of the Rigotti Reed. The cane delivers time after time providing the player with a wonderful warmth to his sound as well as projection & ease of use. I use a ' Otto Link " Metal 7* & play the 3.5 light. This combination works beautifully for me both in Jazz & pop music. If you are looking for a reed that promises to deliver & lasts for a long time compared to better known reeds look no further than the " Rigotti Gold " A little pricey but in the long run the quality of the cane outlasts the popular competition by a mile. Played by famous & well respected musicians throughout the US & Europe
I have found that these reeds provide me with the best and fullest sound that I have ever been able to produce from my saxes. I love the ease of blowing which produces a rich and resonating sound from low Bb up into the higher altissimo ranges. So glad that I discovered them.
I first became aware of the Rigotti Gold reeds at the 2008 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. What a find! Clarity in tone like no other reed that I have played and better than average longevity. I now use them on Tenor and Alto.
My usual reed is a Rico 2.5 on my MK VI tenor saxophone with a vintage metal FL Otto Link 8*. They play great for me, nice sound, nice edge and nice sub tone. But they usually do not last more than 1 or 2 gigs. Because I do a lot of combo work and I'm the only horn I play a lot on my gigs. I have been looking for an alternative for quite a while. I think I finally found it. The Rigotti Gold reeds have every bit the sound, edge, sub tone etc that the Ricos have. They feel a little bit tougher. We'll see, I have some gigs in early Feb and I'll try them out and see how they do. One thing, because I play a Rico 2.5 I tried a Rigotti 2.5 med first. It was way too soft. Then I tried a 2.5 hard, almost, but still a bit too soft; however I could tell that the sound was right. Okay dare I pop for another box; I did, and tried a Rigotti 3 light. That did it. Out of 10 reeds, nine were winners with 1 reed being a bit too hard. The other eight were either right on target or with just lowering the tip of the reed slightly below the tip of the mpc they were right on. I'll let them settle a bit and see if they need adjusting in a few days. Meanwhile if you are looking for a different reed to try, give these a try. Just remember to up your reed strength a bit if you play a Rico product right now. One other thing, because they are French I wasn't sure if they would produce a jazz sound, but you know what, they do. So I would say that I basically agree with the other guy who reviewed these reeds. Gee, I wonder how their clarinet reeds compare to Vandoren V-12's? Anyone out try that experiment yet?
Rigotti Gold is the most consistent and long-lasting reed I've found, and I'm playing both classical and (big band) jazz, on both alto and tenor sax. I've recently switched from larger to smaller opening mouthpieces, with the usual switch from softer to harder reeds (2-1/2 strong to 3-1/2 medium)--but the switch was too bold. My guide to consistency is a Reed-O-Meter, and all but three were "10s" (when wet), and just a bit too hard to play. I found 9 to 9-1/2 to be the best strength, and therefore ordered a box of 3-strong... but I cant believe what I got. They measured EXACTLY the same strengths as the 3-1/2s did: seven of them were 10s, two were 9s, and one was a 9-1/2-- and PLAY exactly like the 3-1/2s do, too! If I can get past the French, I'll email the company for an explanation.
Got a box of these reeds cause the reviews were good and i'm always trying new gear. i got the box looked good the cane looked pretty good and the cut was pretty uniform but that is the only good thing i have to say about these reeds. i broke in a few but as soon as they were broke in they would crap out on me, i brought them to my saxophone lesson with my professor and he told me they were junk after trying a few. don't waste your money. i'm gonna go back to my la vos and vandorean
I am a professional Tenor Sax Player. My gig travels to different places and I have yet to find the perfect reed. I have tried 9 different brands, ranging from a Rico orange box to Legere Synthetics. These Rigotti Golds are the number one pick.
I used to love the Vandoren ZZ, but these outperform them. First, the response is amazing. There is little to none resistance, making a sound right away. They have a somewhat bright tone, maybe like a LaVoz. The altissimo and extreme low register come out flawlessly, which not many reeds can do both. Made in France with some of the best cane out there, buy one. And its a box of 10! The reeds come in little blue sheets of leather packages that holds 2 of them. There are 5 all together (5x2 =10). These also last very long. The tip never gets wavy (warped) if you put it in a ReedGard. So if you are deciding what reeds to buy... buy these! Lets say if you play a Vandoren ZZ, Java Red/Green, and V16 reed ... then get the same level strength medium size. EX. ZZ/V16/JavaRed/JavaGreen 3.5 equals a 3.5 Medium Rigotti. If you play the blue box of 3s, get a 3.5. If you play blue box 2.5 then get a 3 rigotti. Hope this helps! Jazz on.
I have been a professional musician ( Tenor Saxophone ) playing straight ahead Jazz & Pop session work in Manhattan New York working for almost in tha capacity for almost 15 years. The Rigatti reed is the most consistent reed available in my opinion. The cane has a wonderful warmth to it & provides excellent projection as well as ease of playing delivering time after time.
I've been working a box of these into rotation with the Vandoren Javas I normally play and I've found them to be of at least comparable quality and consistency. In 30+ years of playing I've never found a "perfect" box of reeds. These Rigottis are no different- some play great straight out of the box others need a little sanding or scraping (which I find necessary on all brands) but overall they are pretty good and significantly cheaper.
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