It's said that the clarinet is one of the most physically demanding woodwinds to play. With that in mind, it can also be very enjoyable and rewarding, especially when you're equipped with a reed that matches your level of experience. Since the most common type of clarinet is in the key of Bb, you'll find an impressive variety of Bb clarinet reeds on today's market. In fact, brands like Rico, Andreas Eastman, Rigotti and Bari have strong reputations amongst woodwind musicians, and they (along with many others) can be found here in these pages.
For those who aren't in the know, clarinet reeds typically come in a strength measurement of 1 to 5 (1 being the softest, 5 being the hardest). While harder reeds produce a fuller sound, softer reeds are much easier to play, making them more ideal for beginners. A strength of around 2 is an excellent option for an aspiring Bb clarinetist, and the Rico Bb Clarinet Reeds, Box of 3 is a top seller. Cut from Rico's most flexible grade of cane, the reeds in this pack are designed for ease of play and deliver a very powerful tone.
But what about Bb clarinetists who are already well-versed with the instrument? If this sounds like you, you're probably looking for a reed that will really make your next performance shine, and for that we'll suggest the Forestone Premium Cut Clarinet Reed. Available in strengths of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 and 4.5, these synthetic reeds are immune to temperature changes and have more material at their heart while maintaining a firm vibration at the tip. Stable and longer-lasting than traditional cane reeds, the Premium Cut Clarinet Reed is designed with serious concertists in mind, and it shows.
As you can see, whether you're a high school band student or an orchestra pit veteran, the perfect reed set for you is waiting in this selection. All you have to do is consider your price range and skill level, and then make your pick. When it comes to the Bb clarinet, a new reed can improve your technique tremendously, and anything from this catalog would be a great choice.