- Item # 1536442
- Model # FBTH
For a durable tenor sax reed, look to the Forestone Black Bamboo saxophone reed. The Forestone material is a mixture of polypropylene resin and cellulose wood fiber. Over 50% of the wood fiber used is… Learn More
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A meticulously engineered synthetic creates classic, dark sound.
For a durable tenor sax reed, look to the Forestone Black Bamboo saxophone reed. The Forestone material is a mixture of polypropylene resin and cellulose wood fiber. Over 50% of the wood fiber used is bamboo. The material is brownish in color, tasteless, odorless and non-toxic. The exceptional sound, resilience and flexibility of Forestone reeds is due to this material. Fabrication Forestone reeds are made by proprietary injection molding developed in Japan. This results in reeds with smooth vamps that are uniform and consistent from reed to reed. Construction and Profile Forestone reeds are perfectly balanced side to side and front to back. The standard profile tapers down to 0.1 mm thickness across the tip. Held up to the light, the reeds display the classic upside-down “U-shape” associated with cane reeds. Performance Forestone reeds tend to maintain their strength and resistance over time. They vibrate well and hold the center of the sound in a similar manner to cane reed. The basic timber is robust, clear and strong, with enough “buzz” to ensure projection and carrying power. Intonation is stable and the reeds articulate well throughout the range of the saxophone. Feel The difference in feel between Forestone and cane is minimal. That said, players should still take some time to break them in and adjust. Adjustment Blowing resistance can be adjusted with Forestone reeds by slightly raising or lowering the reed on the mouthpiece table (lower placement = less resistance, higher placement = more resistance). Although other types of adjustment are usually not necessary, the material is sufficiently hard that one can still do so using blades, files, sandpaper, reed rush or whatever other tool or implement is desired. Players can also clip Forestone reeds. Longevity The useful life of a Forestone reed will vary from player to player given that everyone’s way of playing stresses the reed differently. Forestone reeds will outlast cane, as the proprietary composite material is impervious to water-logging and breakdown by saliva, and will not warp due to changes in humidity or altitude. After a certain number of hours, however, the reeds will begin to feel less lively and responsive. The loss in vitality would signal the time has come to retire the reed in favor of a newer one. A new sound for your tenor saxophone. Order yours today.
- Features a French filed cut
- More resistance and more control
- It produces a dark classical sound and is available here for Tenor saxophone
- Strengths: S, MS, M, MH, H, XH