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The Forestone material is a mixture of polypropylene resin and cellulose wood fiber. Over half of the wood fiber used is bamboo. The material is tasteless, odorless and non-toxic. The exceptional sound, resilience and flexibility of Forestone reeds is due to this material.

Forestone reeds are made by proprietary injection molding developed in Japan. This results in reeds with optimally smooth vamps that are exceptional uniform and consistent, reed to reed.

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

Forestone reeds tend to maintain their strength and resistance over time. They vibrate well and hold the center of the sound in a manner similar to that of 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. Once players take some time to adjust to Forestone reeds, they’ll find it’s just as comfortable to play.

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 playing style stresses the reed differently. Forestone reeds will far outlast cane since the 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 signals it’s time to retire the reed for a new one.
Forestone Black Bamboo Soprano Saxophone Reed H
Forestone Black Bamboo Soprano Saxophone Reed H
Forestone Black Bamboo Soprano Saxophone Reed H

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  • Black Bamboo
  • Features a French filed cut
  • More resistance and more control
  • Produces a dark classical sound
  • Available Instrument: Soprano saxophone
  • Strengths: S, MS, M, MH, H, XH