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 Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Ivanv1984 
Date:   2019-01-31 12:42

Hello everybody;
I saw an advertisement of a new synthetic reed for clarinet developed by Silverstein named Alta synthetic reed.
Has anyone tried them?. How do they compare with cane? and with Legere European cut?.
Here is the link:
https://www.silversteinworks.com/alta-synthetic-reeds/

Thanks!
Ivan.

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: cigleris 
Date:   2019-01-31 14:41

Yes, I have two. Can’t coment as I’m testing them at the moment.

Peter Cigleris

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Ivanv1984 
Date:   2019-01-31 16:03

Hello;
Thanks Peter, looking forward to reading your comments soon!!!

Ivan.

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2019-01-31 19:22

I am also testing them and have two. The 1st was a Beta version and was pretty good on a Behn Vintage II but couldn't play the highest altissimo notes. Couldn't play the 'Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes' clarinet variation for instance. The 2nd came later after I mentioned the Beta reed problem and was better and maybe was made of a different materiel, I don't know. I couldn't play on the only Leger's I have tried but that may be because they are a mouthpiece mis-match for my setup.

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-02-01 00:36

Could you guys address the Silverstein website comment about them absorbing water?


Do they respond differently dry? Does the sound/response change over the course of a single sitting (as it pertains to the absorption of water that is)?






...................Paul Aviles



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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2019-02-01 01:00

Both reeds I have do not appear to absorb water (I think). They may be testing another materiel.

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-02-01 02:04

https://www.silversteinworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ALTA-Quick-Start-Guide.pdf




I don't see reference to what different strengths are available, how they compare to Vandorens (strength wise of course), or cost.




........................Paul Aviles



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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2019-02-01 02:39

Paul Aviles wrote:

> I don't see reference to what different strengths are
> available, how they compare to Vandorens (strength wise of
> course), or cost.
>
https://www.silversteinworks.com/product/alta-ap-clarinet/
You can get there by navigating through from their home page at www.silversteinworks.com, but the link above is where the comparison chart is with V.12 and (it says) Reserve.

Karl

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-02-01 06:11

Thanks Karl!



I may have to invoke the "trial reed."

[Oh, they have to "invoke" that. Never mind




........................Paul Aviles



Post Edited (2019-02-01 17:35)

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: vrufino 
Date:   2019-02-12 04:53

I was also one of the beta testers and the first version was good but there were problems with the altissimo, which they have fixed. I now have the final version and I find it plays well, is consistent through all registers. Yes it does absorb moisture and plays whether or not is wet. I find it plays better moist. One advantage over the Legere if you are a pit player is that there is a slight tint, making it easier to adjust on the mp in a dark pit. Also it can be adjusted with a reed knife and or sand paper, reed rush.
I have been playing it for 3 weeks and it has not deteriorated.

Dr. Vincent J. Rufino
Professor of clarinet and saxophone
College of St. Elizabeth
Morristown, NJ

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: vrufino 
Date:   2019-02-12 04:53

I was also one of the beta testers and the first version was good but there were problems with the altissimo, which they have fixed. I now have the final version and I find it plays well, is consistent through all registers. Yes it does absorb moisture and plays whether or not is wet. I find it plays better moist. One advantage over the Legere if you are a pit player is that there is a slight tint, making it easier to adjust on the mp in a dark pit. Also it can be adjusted with a reed knife and or sand paper, reed rush.
I have been playing it for 3 weeks and it has not deteriorated.

Dr. Vincent J. Rufino
Professor of clarinet and saxophone
College of St. Elizabeth
Morristown, NJ

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2019-02-12 07:57

So, how's the sound compared with Legere, and is the width closer to normal cane reeds?

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Ivanv1984 
Date:   2019-03-22 15:12


I received one of these reeds last week. Honestly, i didn't like it at all, i prefer the sound and the articulation of the Legere european cut. Perhaps the only advantage over the legere, in my opinion, is that playing the 3rd register is easier, but i'm staying with the Legeres. I didn't try to adjust it because i don't see so much potential, yes, they absorbe a bit of moisture but it doesn't mean an important advantage for me. 39 bucks is too much for those reeds.
A clarinet colleague tried it also and he didn't like it either, he also plays synthetic reeds.

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 Re: Synthetic reeds by Silverstein
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-03-22 15:52

Ya know, I stopped myself from even trying them out. What is the point? It is a synthetic reed with the promise of being affected by moisture. Isn't getting away from the vagaries of moisture the reason we have synthetic reeds in the first place?




.................Paul Aviles



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