What is a reed? Simply put, a reed is a thin strip of cane wood or synthetic material that's responsible for the sound produced by a woodwind instrument. Because your instrument relies so heavily on the reed to shape its tone, it's imperative to have a reed that is well-made and properly fitted. Thankfully, you'll have no problem finding an excellent variety of reeds in this section. With everything from sax and clarinet reeds to double reeds to tools, supplies and more, it's practically guaranteed you're going find the right reeds and accessories for your woodwind instruments here.
One of the first things you'll notice about this section is its size. There are literally hundreds of reeds here to consider. Start by thinking about your instrument: a sax reed isn't the right fit for a clarinet and vice-versa, so you can save time by looking only at the reeds specific to your instrument. Next, consider the strength you prefer. Most reed manufacturers sell reeds in strengths from 1 to 5, often in half-steps, with 1 being the softest and 5 the hardest. Reeds like the Fibracell Premier Synthetic Baritone Saxophone Reed and the Forestone Synthetic Clarinet Reed come in many strengths - a dropdown box on the product page lets you select the one(s) you want to buy. Reeds also come in boxed sets. Because reeds of natural fibers need to be replaced more regularly than those that are synthetic, a boxed set like the Rico Alto Saxophone Box of 10 Reeds is handy to have in your case of gig bag.
There are also reeds here for double reed instruments like the oboe and the bassoon. The Marlin Lesher Artist Series Oboe Reed is one of the few commercially-produced reeds that is hand scraped and made with a silver tube. An asset to any oboist, these reeds are long-lasting and produce clear, high-quality sound you have to hear to believe.
Choosing the perfect reed should ultimately come down to your specific sound needs. That being said, it never hurts to experiment with a few different brands, materials and strengths to see which reed is the best match to your musical style. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned sax player or a beginning bassoonist, you'll be able to improve your sound in an instant with the right reeds from this section.
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