Gonzalez reeds are produced in the world's largest cane plantation in Argentina. The reeds are grown and cultivated naturally using only organic fertilisers and the rich soil at the foot of the Andes. Gonzalez now generates 7 million reeds per year and has players all over the world. Gonzalez takes pride in their tradition and pay particular attention to the consistency of grade and tone in their reeds. With competitive pricing, unsurpassed consistency and fantastic response and tone Gonzalez are deserving of attention from all Clarinet players...
The Gonzalez FOF (stands for For our Friends) have proved popular with professional and advanced players. With an American cut they have a fairly thick tip and actually a thick heart as well. Because of this design they give a strong, rich, dark sound but do come up feeling harder than you may be used to. Advice is to come down 1/2 strength on what you expect. The American cut on this reed is more suited to mouthpieces with a straight flat finish on the lay. For example the Vandoren M30, BD5, Rico Reserve X5 etc. Players currently having success with the following reeds may find Gonzalez FOF to be suitable: Vandoren Rue L'Epic, Vandoren V21, Rico Grand Concert Thick Cut, Rico Grand Concert Evolution, Reserve Classic, Marca American Vintage, Marca Tradition, Rigotti Gold, Alexander Classique etc.Gonzalez FOF Reeds
The Gonzalez GD reeds are made from a cane with a classic French Cut, not totally dis-similar to the Vandoren V12 in the silver box. They are made with a thicker blank and a larger diameter material than the standard clarinet reeds. This material is normally used in the manufacture of Alto saxophone reeds and can give a richer sound. They are the first Gonzalez reeds with a French Filed Cut, the GD's have a longer scraping area and more wood in the heel, therefore they are quite vibrant and long lasting.
Players currently using the following reeds may find Gonzalez GD to be suitable: Vandoren V12, Vandoren V21, Rico Grand Concert Traditional, Reserve by D'Addario, Alexander DC, Rigotti Gold, Marca Tradition, Marca Superieure etc.Gonzalez GD Reeds
The Gonzalez RC reeds have proved to be very popular for a variety of players and scenarios. Priced very sensibly and as a direct competitor to the Rico 'orange box' they have proved to be arguably more consistent and better playing than the Rico's, and at a more affordable price, ideal for educators. The RC range has been adopted by some Jazz Clarinettists who want a vibrant and responsive sound without the ‘buzz' of some other Jazz alternatives; equally they are suitable for more classical or traditional playing on the right sort of mouthpiece. On the Bb/A reeds the RC make a clean, clear sound with enough mid to low end to retain the quality of sound but also the ability to project and play brightly with control.
They have also proved to be very popular with Bass Clarinet and Eb Clarinet players who find the RC gives a responsive and balanced tone across the whole range of the instrument, and with excellent longevity. Unlike the other Gonzalez Clarinet options they come up softer than you would expect. So for example if you use Vandoren Traditional #2.5 you'd probably want a Gonzalez RC #2.75 or #3. Yes! They do 1/4 strengths, but only from 2.5 to 3.5, not either side of that.
Players currently using the following reeds may find Gonzalez RC to be suitable: Vandoren Traditional, Vandoren V12, Rico Orange Box, LaVoz, Alexander Superial, Mitchell Lurie, Reserve by D'Addario, Daniels etc Prices & More Info: Gonzalez RC Clarinet Reeds - Gonzalez RC Bass Clarinet Reeds - Gonzalez Eb Clarinet ReedsGonzalez RC Reeds
The Gonzalez Classic reeds are designed for the musician to quickly adapt to it, because they have a cut that has been used by most manufacturers (similar to the Vandoren Traditional), but using the slightly longer aged cane that is present in all Gonzalez production. They have a typical filed French cut, with a thin tip, that will be suitable for those types of mouthpieces with French style rolling facing curves (5RV, B40, B45 etc). The cut style offers a bright and flexible response without some of the resistance and depth of the FOF and GD cuts. Players currently using the following reeds may find Gonzalez Classic to be suitable: Vandoren Traditional, Vandoren V12, Rico Royal, Mitchell Lurie Premium, Marca Excel, Rigotti Gold etc. Prices & More Info: Gonzalez Classic Clarinet Reeds - Gonzalez Classic Bass Clarinet ReedsGonzalez Classic Reeds
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