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For a durable option for your sax, look to the Forestone Black Bamboo baritone saxophone reed. The Forestone material features a mixture of polypropylene resin and cellulose wood fiber. Over half 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 uniform and consistent, reed to reed.

Construction and Profile
Forestone reeds are perfectly balanced side to side and front to back. The standard profile tapers down to 0.1 mm thickness across the tip. Held to the light, the reeds display the classic upside-down “U-shape” associated with cane.

Forestone reeds maintain their strength and resistance. They vibrate well and hold the center of the sound, similar to a good quality cane reed. The basic timber is robust, clear and strong, with 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. Like any other reed, players should still take some time to adjust to them.

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

The useful life of a Forestone reed will vary from player to player since everyone’s way of playing — their 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 certain number of hours, however, the reeds will begin to feel less lively and responsive. The loss in vitality would signal the time has come to retire the reed in favor of a newer one.
Forestone Black Bamboo Baritone Saxophone Reed H
Forestone Black Bamboo Baritone Saxophone Reed H
Forestone Black Bamboo Baritone Saxophone Reed H

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  • Features a French filed cut
  • More resistance and more control
  • Produces a dark classical sound and is available here for baritone saxophone
  • Strengths: S, MS, M, MH, H, XH