Our mouthpiece and reed comparison table, was created after consulting the various manufacturers of Mouthpieces and Reeds , as well as various professional musicians, to establish differences and similarities between brands, enabling you to move from one brand to another, finding the strength of reed which will suit you best, for example. The reeds table is directly linked with the brands of reeds - view more detail on the box of reeds you have chosen by clicking on it.
You will find the brand and type of reed , with an indication of price to allow you to order easily.
In Organology, an reed is a lamella that vibrates to produce the sound of certain wind musical instruments. It can be free or beating. The beating reed that interests us may be simple (Clarinet, Saxophone) or double (Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn), made of natural reed, or synthetic material. It vibrates using the breath of the musician . Reeds are classified by hardness or strength. This is actually the rigidity, or conversely the flexibility, due to the density of the reed used. As a rule, a weak Reed will produce a louder and more treble-like sound, and will require little pressure from the mouth to vibrate, while a Strong Reed , will produce a softer sound but will require stronger pressure from the mouth. The table will show, in addition to the brand, the quality of the reed, explaining the differences between brands with equivalent strength, helping you to make your choice.
Reeds are made of a natural material (Cane from Provence), and each reed will give a slightly different sound. A reed must always be played a little to warm it up, before playing for a longer period or performance to give a true impression of its sonic quality.
For the mouthpiece, a simple table of equivalence helps to determine the correct product for you. The mouthpiece is the part of the Saxophone or Clarinet that supports the Reed, which is fixed on the neck. It can be made from ebonite, metal, glass, plastic and more rarely wood, with a ligature to attach the reed. It's one of the most important parts of a Saxophone or Clarinet, as it acts as a link between the musician's mouth and their instrument.
Whether for a reed or a moutpiece, all brands are available from Vandoren, Rico-D'Addario, Selmer, Rigotti, Marca, Fibracell, Légère, Forestone, Bari ... This allows you to get an overview of the market and caters for your taste, avoiding unnecessary expense!