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Forestone Black Bamboo Tenor Saxophone Reed With Double Blast XH


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Play a brighter tone with quicker response, thanks to Double Blast technology.

For a durable synthetic option for your sax, look to the Forestone Black Bamboo tenor saxophone reed with Double Blast technology. The material is a combination of polypropylene resin and cellulose wood fiber. Over 50 percent 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 mainly to this material.

Forestone reeds are made by proprietary injection molding developed in Japan. This results in reeds with optimally smooth vamps that are exceptionally uniform and consistent, reed to reed.

Construction and Profile
Forestone reeds are perfectly balanced side to side and front to back. The 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."

Forestone reeds tend to maintain their strength and resistance over time. They vibrate well and hold the center of the sound in a manner similar to that of a good quality cane reed. The basic timber is robust, clear and strong, with just enough "buzz" to ensure projection and carrying power. Intonation is stable and the reeds articulate well throughout the range of the saxophone.

The difference in feel between Forestone and cane is minimal. Player should take some time to get comfortable with Forestone, in the same way he or she would take time to get comfortable with a new mouthpiece, ligature, barrel or instrument.

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 needed, the material is hard enough that one can still do so using blades, files, sandpaper, reed rush or whatever other tool or implement is preferred. One can also clip Forestone reeds.

The life of a Forestone reed will vary given that everyone’s embouchure address stresses the reed differently. Forestone reeds will outlast good quality 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 number of hours, however, the reeds will feel less lively and responsive. The loss in vitality signals the time has come to retire the reed in favor of a newer one.


  • Double Blast is textured on both sides for slightly brighter sound, with quicker response, when compared to Black Bamboo
  • Features a French filed cut
  • More resistance and more control
  • Produces a dark classical sound and is available here for tenor saxophone
  • Strengths: S, MS, M, MH, H, XH