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Forestone Synthetic Tenor Saxophone Reed Strength 4.5 

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      Forestone

      The most "Cane-Like" synthetic reed both in sound and appearance.

      Forestone is a new synthetic reed from Japan that has most of the advantages of cane but none of the drawbacks. It is the ideal choice for clarinet and saxophone players at all skill levels who seek to free themselves from the problems of inconsistency and instability associated with cane reeds.

      Forestone reeds are made with a special material that contains wood fiber, more than 50 percent of which is actual bamboo. The result is a clarinet or saxophone reed that not only sounds and feels like a good cane reed, but looks like one too. Forestone reeds have a robust timbre that is clear and strong, with just enough buzz in the sound to ensure good projection and carrying power. Intonation is stable and the reeds articulate well from the lowest to the highest registers.

      Forestone reeds were developed in Japan over a 30-year period. Intensive research into appropriate materials and a new fabrication method for this type of product - injection molding - has resulted in the finest synthetic reed on the market.

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      ForestoneSynthetic Tenor Saxophone Reed
       
      2.5

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            1.0

            Yuck. Wasted money. Will never use.

            By swingguy

            from Ontario, Canada

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              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Harsh Tone
              • Poor Fit On Standard Mpc
              • Poor Tone
              • Squeaks

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                Comments about Forestone Synthetic Tenor Saxophone Reed:

                First thing I noticed was that these reeds are cut with a more narrow profile than any other reed I've seen. At first I thought maybe it was an alto reed sent by mistake, but the length is correct for tenor. On my Ponzol mpc the reed edges fit only halfway across the rails, leaving a palpable gap between lower lip, rails and reed edge. On a Dukoff (a narrower mpc) the fit is a bit better, but still noticeably "off".
                As for sound, I immediately hated the harsh, squawky squeak-inducing nature of this reed. I gave it a 3-day trial to be fair, and I got more used to it, but still had severe issues with squeaks and uneven tone character. This reed seems to be extremely sensitive to precise lip placement, AND ligature placement. Basically, it reacts like a bad cane reed. I have used Fibracells for many years and never had issues such as the Forestone presents. In short: I will stick with Fibracell. The main reason I wanted to try Forestone was because of the claimed longevity. But I'd rather have an easy-playing, good sounding reed for a shorter period, than a yucky reed for a long time.

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                2.0

                not great; definitely softer than normal

                By dborgo

                from San Diego, CA

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                      Comments about Forestone Synthetic Tenor Saxophone Reed:

                      I ordered a 4.5 which is equivalent to between a 3 and a 3.5 strength. It didn't play well for me. A bit dead sounding. Not nearly as good as a Hahn or Legere, but I guess it was worth a try.

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                      2.0

                      Doesn't work with my setup

                      By Ken

                      from Albany, GA

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                            Comments about Forestone Synthetic Tenor Saxophone Reed:

                            I've been using "Fibracell" for over a year and have had good overall results. I opted to try the "Forestone" based on the company's promotions a few "YouTube" reviews. I use a Berg Larson 105/2 and this reed just does not respond in that configuration. A harder reed might be better but I don't want to spend the money to experiment when I know the "Fibracell" works.

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                            5.0

                            The Best Syn Reeds Period.

                            By Erik J Meyer

                            from Wisconsin

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

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                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Forestone Synthetic Tenor Saxophone Reed:

                              I use this reed on a metal mpc and it has held up to 3+ years of hard use. 3-5 sessions of 4+hours per week. I have used them in classical settings as well. It feels a little different on the lower lip, but once you get used to it you can go between these and cane reeds without problems. These can pop altissimo with less effort and support(it is easier to play soft and high).

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