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Reeds Fibrocell v Hartmann

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Huddersfield West Yorkshire
I am a little confused and would appreciate any advice. I have been playing Fibrocell Reeds for at least three years, they are consistent and responsive and suit any environment.
I play professionally with Complete Madness and my horn really does get a lot of use/hammer/stick etc.
I find i develop tuning issues with the Fibrocell Reeds after around ten gigs, that equates to 15 hours plus playing. So basically i am using more than one reed a month.
I have recently purchased a Harry Hartmann Carbon Onyx ... it is a very smooth reed, a plastic feel... I have used it on four gigs, it is bang on tuning wise, just a little difficult to play at the moment.. a little less edgy than the Fibrocell...... I would just like some feedback from players out there that have used these reeds..... most player say that Fibrocell last months.... I find that mine do not..... why? What is the general opinion of Hartmann Reeds... I would like to try more however, they are expensive and could be an expensive piece of fun.
I am using a Vintage Lawton 8 Mouthpiece ........ thoughts please
 

Merryfisher

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Hampshire
quite interested in this post - i have been on fibrocells for longer then i can remember. Recently out of curiousity i tried legere but like your experience with hartmann, i just found them less edgy, maybe even a little stuffy in comparison. I tried the black forestone synthetic reeds, they to me were a little thin sounding and a bit harsh. There seems to be such a variance in the reed strength comparisons, i have happily been on a fibracell 4 on my 9* jody giant garzone mpc which plays sweet as you like - it was a legere 3 i tried, and it just took so much effort to make anything half acceptable to my ears. But so many write ups just rave about them. It must be me.
 

guidocreo

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Location
anzio - Italy
After some test on Fibracell and Legere I play Harry Hartmann reeds since 2016; my preferred are the Fiberreed Carbon more than the Hemp.
 
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Willy the Pimp
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Location
Huddersfield West Yorkshire
Well ... an update for those that may be interested
I have played four gigs on my Carbon Onyx, this reed cost me nineteen pounds.
On arrival at today's gig I was surprised to see a piece missing from the top.
Now I store my reeds after every gig, I have never to date damaged a reed in this way.
It is, in my opinion, a fault in the design or manufacture of these reeds
I will post a photo once I get the time.
Very disappointed, expensive reed for four gigs
 

Dave E

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Location
Leicester
I am a little confused and would appreciate any advice. I have been playing Fibrocell Reeds for at least three years, they are consistent and responsive and suit any environment.
I play professionally with Complete Madness and my horn really does get a lot of use/hammer/stick etc.
I find i develop tuning issues with the Fibrocell Reeds after around ten gigs, that equates to 15 hours plus playing. So basically i am using more than one reed a month.
One thing I've noticed with my Fibracell is that, looking at the flat side, they eventually start cracking lengthwise and they start to get a bit stuffy when a few cracks have formed; although they'll carry on being playable for a while longer. If I happen to do a lot of Altissimo work/practice, that seems to start the cracking off a tad sooner which I guess is just the nature of fatigue. On another note - what a cracking band to play with - let me know if you ever need a dep!!
 

SopJob

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Stuttgart region
Hi Willy,

I am absolutely sure that my advice will not get you any further cause most of what's written here is opinion, and therefore subjective. However, let me tell you about my Harry Hartmann experience. I started ordering one of their reeds for soprano. The strength was OK, but the sound did not work out for me. So I returned it. Then returned a second. Then drove up to Harry's headquarters (they're just round the corner, in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, which is a suburb of Stuttgart).

I tested the whole range, and liked none. In my opinion, these reeds lack warmth, and the fact that artificial reeds in general hardly aborb any moisture just does not feel right for me. So I ended up buying a reed for tenor cause Harry is a nice guy, and I did not want to disappoint him too much. It's my emergency tenor reed and I can't remember having played it in the last two years.

Even though I am now strongly biassed against artificial reeds, I'd still like to give Légère a try.
 
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