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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000017.txt from 2011/04

From: Martin Marks <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Forestone
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:45:05 -0400

When did you order the reeds you are using now. I ordered Forestone
recently and although I had a problem originally about a year or so ago my
experience with the reeds I have now are completely different than yours.
The reeds that I have are actually very similar in strength to my Legere
Signature reeds. I'm now using Forestone amd Legere Signature and the
strengths are now similar. The strengths now are satisfactory on clarinet,
soprano and alto sax. I have several of each and they are now consistant.
On alto and soprano, I

On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Tim Roberts <> wrote:

> If you are considering experimenting with the new Forestone synthetic
> reeds from Japan, please allow me to give you a caution.
> I ordinarily play 3.5 to 4 in Mitchell Lurie Premium, or 3 to 3.5 in
> Gonzalez, or a 3.25 in L=E8g=E9re. Based on that, I ordered a 3 and a 3.5
> from Forestone. Well, their numbering scale is quite a bit different
> from my expectations. The 3.5 is too soft, and the 3 is WAY too soft.
> I'd guess their numbers were from 0.5 to 1.0 higher than reality.
> Their web site tries to wave this off by saying "well, our numbers are
> not really about strength", but that's just marketing nonsense. Of
> course they are. There is -- and ought to be -- a direct comparison
> with cane reeds.
> This is an expensive lesson, since the reeds are $25 each, and there
> doesn't appear to be a "satisfaction guaranteed" trade-in policy, like
> Guy L=E8g=E9re has. Now, I'm not really unsatisfied; I am getting a good
> tone out of the 3.5, but I'm working pretty hard to keep it under
> control. I'm just hoping I my experience can help the next guy. Order
> a higher number than you think.
> --
> Tim Roberts,
> Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.
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