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 Re: Gonzalez RC Bass Clarinet Reeds Review
Author: HANGARDUDE 
Date:   2017-12-16 14:20

Okay, so after testing them for 4 more days, here is the 3rd and final part of my review.

3 of 4 of the reeds started to sound and respond better again. They do articulate better than Vandoren Blue Box reeds, but one thing that still concerns me is that they still sound rather airy at lower dynamics. They still sound darker than any Vandoren or Legere reed, and whether if that's desirable or not depends on the player's preferences.

Keep in mind that during this whole period of testing I haven't sanded the reeds much so that I can fully observe how stable the cane of these reeds are. Also the weather here in Adelaide is really hot and dry at the moment, and that may also affect the reeds' playbility.

Hence my impression of the Gonzalez RC bass clarinet reeds is that while they do have some merits over Vandoren reeds, I don't think they perform as well in the lower dynamics. I'm still can't comment on their stability due to the weather here, though I feel that they are at least comparable to the Vandorens. Consistency is comparable if not better than the Vandorens. So I feel that their overall performance is comparable to the Vandorens. However, like with most clarinet hardware, your mileage may vary.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated to any reed maker. I started this review thread voluntarily as a resource for those who are curious about the Gonzalez reeds.

P.S. On another note, I tried the Legere Signature tenor sax reeds(again strength 3s) and they worked pretty well with Fobes RR bass mp and Vandy Optimum lig(Plate 2) and I ended up choosing them as my prime bass reeds, but I might move this to another thread as this a completely different topic.

Josh


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