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 Rigotti reeds
Author: Szymon Lukowski 
Date:   2006-08-14 16:23


It's my first post here. I'd like to ask - does anybody here uses the Rigotti reeds for clarinet, and could write me some info - how they compare to Vandoren 56 or Alexander Classique, in the terms of hardness? I currently use V56 3 1/2 /or/ Alexander Classique #3 on the Vandoren B40 Lyre mouthpiece. Thanks in advance!

Szymon Lukowski

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 Re: Rigotti reeds
Author: GBK 
Date:   2006-08-14 19:21

My only experience with Rigotti Gold clarinet reeds was with an adult student who I taught. He came to me using them and was very happy. If I remember correctly, their strength corresponded to Vandoren Blue Box reeds.

His sound was excellent and he often commented on their "playability" out of the box, but did mention that their lifespan seemed shorter than other brands he had previously used.

Once when he came for a lesson, he did not have a suitable reed. I gave him a Gonzalez FOF which had been briefly soaked (but not played) for a few minutes on 2 or 3 consecutive days.

He eventually and permanently switched to Gonzalez FOF [wink].

Disclaimer - I am listed on the Davie Cane/Gonzalez web site as an artist/endorser ...GBK

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 Re: Rigotti reeds
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2006-08-15 06:17

As part of trying almost every reed possible, Alexander and Rigotti were the only reeds that gave me a strange buzz (not sure of the right word in English) when I play. Maybe these just don't fit my mouthpiece (AFAIK both my soprano and bass mouthpieces are made to fit Vandoren reeds in theory). That was my experience with Rigotti so I am not playing them.

About Gonzalez that GBK mentioned, a few months ago in the winter I tried many strengths of FOF and regulars reeds (and also bass reeds) from them, and they gave me a nasty squeek (I think it is called chip in Englsh?). I forgot about them, but now in the very hot summer, I tried the exact same box, and they sounded great.

FWIW, I like Vandoren V12 the best, because they are more varied in strength within one box so fit more than one weather and they have the best sound for me. Gonzalez are a bit too much exactly the same so sometimes you are stuck unless you have a different strengths of them.

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 Re: Rigotti reeds
Author: jcfasanar 
Date:   2006-08-15 10:06

Clarnibass, where are you from?

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 Re: Rigotti reeds
Author: Synonymous Botch 
Date:   2006-08-15 11:35

As an infrequent doubler, I do most of my playing with the Legere synthetics.

That said, I favor the Rigotti golds for natural cane.
I have NEVER had a reed come out of the box in need of tuning.

I think there may be a correlation between immediate play-ability and brevity of service.... I wonder if these are shipped with a higher moisture content or shorter ageing step from the factory?

Certainly there must be SOME difference between batches of cane and the region in which it grows?

I also find that they tend to be heavily discounted in the Spring.

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