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  • #51207
    brother cavefish
    brother cavefish
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    how long do these last comparative to cane, is it worth the money

    #51216
    William Cingolani
    William Cingolani
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    I think they are well worth the money. I prefer the fiber hemp reed over the cane reed.

    #51246
    saxjohnny
    saxjohnny
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    they say it’ll last up to about a year. I don’t know tho cause I only started playing them in January.
    I have a Hemp and an Onyx going so I’ll let you know how it goes over the year.
    money-wise it probably ends up being about he same: let’s say a pack of 5-10 reeds lasts you a year
    and that pack costs 20-40 bucks then it’s comparable to synthetics… depending on brand etc.

    one can argue pro’s and con’s to both but the pro to a synthetic reed (if it works for you) is that your days of playing through
    boxes, shaving, soaking and constant care etc and then losing the reed’s consistency after days or weeks are over.
    I’m still going back and forth but I’m mostly using the synthetic reeds now cause it’s just too handy to leave it on the sax without a cover and just pick it up and play…no drying out, no warping. mind you, the manufacturer does have certain guidelines about care for them to make them last even longer but I’m not following them.

    #51248
    brother cavefish
    brother cavefish
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    but hemp is a bio degradable as cane, or is the hemp fibre reed impregnated with something as to make it last

    #51250
    saxjohnny
    saxjohnny
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    yes, I beleive it’s something like that, Tom Wanne does explain it a bit in the video on my reeds page.
    I think it’s actual hemp with 3 types of wood and synthetic fibers all woven in.

    #51252
    peter
    peter
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    Johnny
    I keep asking ” when will you know about the availability
    of the onyx reeds and if so, what strengths are they available.
    Please would like to know.

    #51253
    saxjohnny
    saxjohnny
    Keymaster

    I’ve sent out quite a few so far but quickly ran out of the onyx tenor mediums and have been waiting for harry at Fiberreed to make a bunch more…am still waiting. I will send out an email as soon as I get an update. Also, now I’ve ran out of the onyx alto mediums and hemp tenor mediums as well cause a few people re-ordered and got multiples.
    hopefully I’ll catch up with Harry this week and see what’s up.

    #51256
    brother cavefish
    brother cavefish
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    something to think about, right now i am just getting my set up , and am going to use V16s, and an otto link rubber 7*, this is what i used to use, and as i remember i loved the sound of the old raspy voice it gave, also considering the jody jazz giant,

    #51261
    peter
    peter
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    OK thanks Johnny I will wait to here.

    #51263
    peter
    peter
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    Sorry meant to say “hear” from you
    Thanks

    #51290
    Bengt Ostling
    Bengt Ostling
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    Received my Hemp and Onyx reed last week and having some mixed opinions about them.
    In general Johnny’s demonstration is very accurate.
    In my opinion, the carbon onyx reed felt and seemed superior over the hemp.
    Also, noticed that they are very accurate using the tuner
    (a little flat through out the register but easy to adjust with the mouth).
    If every sax player in a horn section would use one of these reeds they should always
    play in tune.
    However, the altissimo register is for me very unstable. Tried working off a bit on the hemp
    reed (at the altissimo point of the reed) but no improvement. So far I experienced that with
    the cone reeds, the harder reed the more stable the altissimo range gets (talking #2.5-#3.5).
    Would like to try a MH onyx reed instead of the M that I got, Johnny do you have any of those or do you
    have any other suggestions?
    Lots of benefits with these new reeds though, thanks for introducing them.

    #51314
    saxjohnny
    saxjohnny
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    ya, I’m starting to feel that my hemp M could be a little weak so thought about a MH.
    I haven’t ordered any MH’s yet but will do.

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