I've become a total convert to the cane coming out of South America these days. I started by trying Zonda clarinet reeds on the advice of Dr. Lawrence Gibbs and his mentor, Tom Riddenour. I still play Zonda on clarinet, but am now playing Gonzalez reeds on my saxophones. I like the fact that they come in quarter strengths.
Years ago I played Olivieri reeds on alto which are sadly no longer made. The Gonzalez performs more like them than any other reed I've tried.
Fernando Rowies said:
I´m using Vandoren V16 2.5 (the best for me nowdays). I will try a Hahn synthetic in the meantime.
Hi Fernando, nice to meet you here!
I use the following reeds:
Tenor Sax: ZZ Vandoren # 3
Alto Sax: Vandoren Java red No. 3
Soprano saxophone: Rico jazz select No. 3 m
Baritone Sax: Forestone M
I think this configiração is excellent for evenness of the sounds of all instruments. I found the balance that I sought.
I've been using LaVoz forever, so I guess they've been my favorites. Usually use Med/Soft on tenor, alto, & soprano (which I use clarinet reeds on), and when playing outdoors in hot &/or humid weather, I use a Rico Plasticover 2 on tenor, & maybe on the others to be on the safe side (wilted, flaccid reeds make little music)...
Would love to find the perfect synthetic reed when there is one....