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 Contra bass reeds
Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2019-04-05 00:02

I'm looking for suggestions for contra bass reeds. I really don't want to use cane (warping... price, etc) so I'm looking for input from seasoned contra players.

I haven't seen synthetic reeds specific for contras, so are you guys using bari sax reeds?

Many thanks!

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 Re: Contra bass reeds
Author: J. J. 
Date:   2019-04-05 02:52

Bari sax reeds will work on Eb Contra Alto, but they’re not ideal for Bb Contrabass. I think it’s very hard to get good results without cane for that instrument.

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 Re: Contra bass reeds
Author: jordan.1210 
Date:   2019-04-05 03:24

Looks like Legere makes some synthetic contrabass reeds, which you can find on Amazon. I haven't played contra or tried these, so I don't know how they play, but the reviews on Amazon seem to be pretty good.

Post Edited (2019-04-05 03:27)

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 Re: Contra bass reeds
Author: J. J. 
Date:   2019-04-05 07:27

They are not really the dimensions of a Contrabass reed. They’re CA-sized, but they can be used.

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 Re: Contra bass reeds
Author: Simon Aldrich 
Date:   2019-04-05 15:46

I use a Legere bari sax reed, strength 3, on a Selmer C* contrabass clarinet mouthpiece because the dimensions of that mpc are perfect for that reed, in terms of the C*'s window width.


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 Re: Contra bass reeds
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2019-04-05 17:33

Fiberreed is better than Legere on Contrabass. Cleaner across the break and where the octave keys switch. Pricy though at $46/Reed. I use a M and a trimmed MS which is brighter sounding.

Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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