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Tenor Saxophone Reeds by Gonzalez

Lovingly made from organically grown cane

Gonzalez RC Reeds

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.

Vitally important - match the basic reed strength to the lay of your mouthpiece - NOT the strength of your lip muscles. A wide lay needs softer reeds and a narrow lay requires harder reeds. Cheque with your mouthpiece maker if you are in doubt.

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 Saxophone 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 have 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 76, 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, is that Gonzalez reeds are top class.

Cheap sax reeds will never give you the best quality of sound. They may be made from cane from the wild - 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 Tenor Sax reeds in four strengths: 1.5,2 and 2.5 in packs of 2.

The Tenor Sax Jazz reeds are available in strengths: 1.75, 2, 2.25 and 2,75 in packs of 5.

RC stands for Regular Cut, also known as French Cut, similar to, but in our opinion, better than Vandoren Standard or Rico Royal reeds.

Our world renowned "Reed Doctor" books have helped thousands of clarinettists, bassoonists, oboists and "Saxists" to get the best from their reeds.


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