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D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack

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Offers precise articulation and flexibility.

The D'Addario Reserve Classic is a thick blank reed that offers a rich, warm tone, a heavy spine that promotes dynamic flexibility and exceptional tone quality in all registers, a narrow rail slope to produce consistency of response, and a traditional tip thickness for ease of articulation. Reserve reeds are crafted using naturally-grown cane from D'Addario's own foreign fields. D'Addario has pioneered the first practical and precise system to digitally measure and cut the incredibly complex geometrical patterns necessary to re-invent single reeds. Reserve reeds are cut to the tightest tolerances, offering the most consistent performance.

Reserve reeds are crafted using naturally-grown cane from D'Addario's own foreign fields. D'Addario has pioneered the first practical and precise system to digitally measure and cut the incredibly complex geometrical patterns necessary to re-invent single reeds. Reserve reeds are cut to the tightest tolerances, offering the most consistent performance.

FEATURES
Ideal for the advancing student and professional
Expertly designed and made in the USA from naturally-grown cane from D'Addario's own fields
Available in half strengths, from 2.0 to 4.5, with special 3.5+ and 4.0+ strengths
Offered in boxes of ten (10) and packs of two (2) reeds
The Reserve line for Bb clarinet also includes a thick blank option: Reserve Classic
Like the Reserve line, uses only the densest, lower-internode cane for durability and consistency
Offered in boxes of 10 and 25
Available in half strengths, from 2.0 to 4.5, with special 3.5+ and 4.0+ strengths

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D'Addario WoodwindsReserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

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Good response

These were sent during a D'Addario test, and I tried both the Reserve and the Reserve Classic. I was concerned because 2.5 was shipped, rather than the 3 requested. My expectations were:...Read complete review

These were sent during a D'Addario test, and I tried both the Reserve and the Reserve Classic. I was concerned because 2.5 was shipped, rather than the 3 requested. My expectations were: 1) they would have to be played for some time before the playing characteristics could be judged, and 2) because they were 2.5, the upper register probably would be weak. Neither expectation held. Both lines were playable right out of the sleeve, as noted by another reviewer, and they handled the upper register quite cleanly, right up to a high A. I thought the Reserve seemed more crisp, and tend to favor these; however, the thicker blank of the Classic may lend itself to personal modification. I would rank them over the VanDorens or RicoRoyals, and on a par with, say Peter Ponzel. They both work well with a Rovner Dark ligature.

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Disappointing

I took part in the beta testing of the D'Addario Reserve Classic reeds. Of the three I tested, one is excellent, one very good, and one good. The excellent one is one...Read complete review

I took part in the beta testing of the D'Addario Reserve Classic reeds. Of the three I tested, one is excellent, one very good, and one good. The excellent one is one of the best I ever played on. All three were good pretty much right out of the package. So, as soon as reeds were available for purchase here, I bought a box of ten at strength 3. My usual reed is the Gonzalez 2.75. D'Addario's comparison chart shows the Gonzales 1.75 equivalent to the D'Addario 3. At the start of the break-in period, I was very disappointed with these reeds and after a week of working with them I am still very disappointed. Four of them are so dull and unfocused in tone, I have given up on them. It's just depressing trying to work with them. About 8 out of the 10 reeds, have problems in the chalumeau register with a lack of depth in the low F and G. An octave above, all the throat tones are very throaty. All in all, none of the four reeds that I might actually want to use are as good as the two best reeds I used in the beta testing. The Rico Reserve Classic reeds had a good rep for consistency, but I never tried them. The promotional material from D'Addario claims that these reeds are very consistent. That has not been my experience. After working with these for a week, I don't really have sense of the D'Addario sound. This probably due to the lack of depth and focus in the reeds. Maybe in a couple of weeks there will be a breakthrough with them, but it's hard to keep at it when the sound does not inspire me. But I did pay $30 for them so I guess I'll keep trying. Unless a miracle occurs I will not be buying these again; hence, the 2-star rating. I'll stick with Gozalez FOF. One other thing is that I have never had reeds that have developed mold the ways these have. I've had to soak them a lot, but I've done that with other reeds too. But I have never seen reeds get so unsightly so quickly. I have no problem playing when mold has developed, but I feel sad for these poor reeds looking so bad and not sounding much better.

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again!

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from Huntsville, AL

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Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

I love this product! The reeds work great. In my opinion, they aren't that different from the regular D'Ddario reserves, but they still work just as great. I love these more than Vandorens. These are my new favorite brand of reeds!

Service and delivery comments:

The website was easy to navigate and didn't take long to order, the shipping was fast, and the packaging was very secure.

 
5.0

Great reed

By 

from Buchanan MI

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    This reed plays very easy with great time. I like the sound I get from the upper register

     
    4.0

    Wow!

    By 

    from Durham, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    These reeds were surprisingly good after my initial playing. Accurate strength grading (#3-1/2) and reasonably consistent. Six of ten reeds seemed quite good. Time will tell, with subsequent playing. Plenty of pleasing, rich, high partials in the sound. Nice 'ping' in the articulation.
    Although I usually make my personal reeds 'from scratch' (tube cane), I will be recommending these reeds to my students.
    I also tried a box of the regular RESERVE reeds...Also impressive!

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    5.0

    amateur clarinetist

    By 

    from Gettysburg, PA

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    Pros

    • Well Made Reeds

    Cons

    • Need To Sell Pkgs Of Two

    Best Uses

    • All Reeds Need To Be Work

    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    my only issue is that i wish i could have purchased the two pack, to try the reeds before purchasing the 10 pack.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    By far my favorite reed!

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    from Oregon

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    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    When these reeds came out, I was very cautious because they were made by Rico, but now I am so glad I tried them! Personally, I need to sand them down a bit, but I have had every reed in the box work beautifully, unlike my experiences with Vandoren. Excellent product!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good response

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    from Erie,Pennsylvania

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    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    These were sent during a D'Addario test, and I tried both the Reserve and the Reserve Classic. I was concerned because 2.5 was shipped, rather than the 3 requested. My expectations were: 1) they would have to be played for some time before the playing characteristics could be judged, and 2) because they were 2.5, the upper register probably would be weak. Neither expectation held. Both lines were playable right out of the sleeve, as noted by another reviewer, and they handled the upper register quite cleanly, right up to a high A. I thought the Reserve seemed more crisp, and tend to favor these; however, the thicker blank of the Classic may lend itself to personal modification. I would rank them over the VanDorens or RicoRoyals, and on a par with, say Peter Ponzel. They both work well with a Rovner Dark ligature.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing reeds!

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    from Haworth, NJ

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    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    After four years of research and development,this reed has finally met the expectations of several hundred professional orchestral and solo clarinetists. The consistency is unparalleled and quality of the highest!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very consistent!

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    from Vancouver, BC

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    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    I keep getting 7-8 great reeds per box; the consistency of these reeds is unmatched in any other brand that I have tried! These reeds have a very even tone throughout the entire range of the instrument, and the response is excellent. They do, however, seem to run slightly softer than Vandoren. I used to play V12 strength 3.5, and I find that the 3.5+ in the Reserve Classic is equivalent to that. Overall, great reeds for any level of clarinetist.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another try

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    from Watsonville, CA

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    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    Several months ago, I wrote a review here about my disappointing experience with my first box D'Addario Reserve Classic clarinet reed strength 3. Since I had a such a great experience with the beta reeds, I was persuaded to give the Reserve Classics another try. About a month and a half ago, I acquired two boxes of strength 3, and have been playing those reeds exclusively. My experience with these was opposite to the first time around: (1) This time all produced good to excellent sound with minimal soaking. (2) About 8 of them have comparable sound to best of the betas. (3) None of them have had the mold problems I had with the first box with comparable humidity and soaking. (4) They are consistent in sound and quality. I would say that about 6 if them have excellent sound quality; about 6 are very good; and the rest in various grades of good. Two of the last category are too stiff to be consistent with the others of strength 3. I don't play one reed repeatedly over a long of time, so I cannot comment on durability. I love the sound though. For me they have a liquid sound, for want of a better term. They give a centered sound, rich with overtones. There is a bit of brilliance in the sound without being overly bright. In the past, I have used and loved (each in their own way) Vandoren Classic, Gonzalez FOF, and Olivieri (Spanish and American incarnations). One thing I have really liked about this bunch of Reserve Classics is that they are not as quirky as the others. Assuming future Reserve Classics I buy are as consistent as the one I am playing on now, I will stick with this brand.

    (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    My Hopes Were Dashed to Bits.

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    from Rockford, Illinois

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    Comments about D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds 10-Pack:

    Like many, I received six free "beta-test" reeds. I found the "Reserve" reeds were sub-par. I did like the "Reserve Classic" reeds. Through several suppliers, I ordered 3 boxes of the "Reserve Classic" reeds. Over a patient week, all 30 of the reeds returned to the earth, via the garbage can. I had high expectations, but in the end - I guess these are still just cheap Rico Reeds. Save your money - go with Rue 56 reeds, or the wonderful Gonzalez FOF reeds. (Tip -Gonzalez FOF - order 1/4 strength less than your Vandoren hardness)

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