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Clarinet Reeds by Gonzalez

Gonzalez RC Reeds

Lovingly made from organically grown cane from the Andes

Beginners' reeds? Professional reeds? Tosh!

There are no such things - just different makes and strengths.

To get a professional sound, use the same QUALITY of reed as a professional.

Note the word quality - not hardness.

Softness or hardness is a matter of individual choice and individual final adjustment.

The next most important thing then is to match the basic reed strength to the lay of your mouthpiece - NOT the strength of your lip muscles.

Your lip muscles can be trained, but the wrong match of reed to mouthpiece will NEVER give you the good control you want. If it is too hard, it can be adjusted, but if too soft, not much can be done, so the Clarinet Reed Doctor is an invaluable help.

After many years of searching for reeds which do not collapse into a "blotting paper" like consistancy, I came across Gonzalez reeds. I have tested both Clarinet and Saxophone reeds and also asked my students to evaluate them. The results were pleasantly surprising. All of my students really liked the Gonzalez reeds and, to my personal surprise, I too could find no fault with them.

At the age of 77, I have learned to be very sceptical of claims such as "the best" or "professional reeds" but Gonzalez do not make such extravagant claims. My own and my students' judgement, however, is that Gonzalez reeds are top class.

Cheap clarinet reeds will never give you the best quality of sound. They may be made from cane from unreliable and uncontrolled sources. You will not be happy with them and quickly dump them - which makes them more expensive than these top quality reeds.

Gonzalez reeds are made from Arundo Donax cane grown under strictly controlled, organic conditions on their own plantations in Argentina, at the foot of the Andes mountains - ideal conditions for growing cane.

We currently offer Gonzalez RC clarinet reeds in four strengths: 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3 and 4.

RC stands for Regular Cut, also known as French Cut, similar to Vandoren Standard or Rico Royal reeds. But that is where the similarity ends.

We ONLY sell reeds made from cane supplied by Gonzalez - and that includes our own "Dr Downing Bassoon Reeds".

We only have one grumble about Gonzalez reeds - they last too long - which means we have to wait longer before you buy new Gonzalez reeds. Oh well......!

Check out our world renowned "Reed Doctor" books. They have helped thousands of wind players to get the best from their reeds.

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Gonzalez RC Reeds

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