Can you tell the difference between a cane clarinet reed and a synthetic clarinet reed? Cane reeds are made from Arundo donax, a tall perennial cane that grows in damp soils, while synthetic reeds are made of man-made materials that imitate the quality and playability of a cane reed. For many listeners, it’s difficult to tell the difference between cane and synthetic. Whether an artist chooses to play cane reeds or synthetic reeds is purely a personal preference. No matter which you prefer to play, Woodwind & Brasswind carries a huge selection of cane clarinet reeds from D’Addario, Rico, Vandoren, Zonda and more, plus synthetic clarinet reeds from Legere, Fibracell, Forestone and more.
There are pros and cons for both cane and synthetic clarinet reeds. Cane reeds generally provide a warmer sound, the response is even through all registers and the player has a lot of control over the sound. But since cane reeds are made of plant materials, each reed is unique and a box of reeds might provide a few great ones and a few not-so-great ones. Synthetic reeds are consistent, generally last much longer than a cane reed and do not react to temperature and humidity. However, some clarinet players may think that synthetic reeds offer less control over their sound. Our advice? Try out many different types and brands of clarinet reeds and use what you think makes you sound best!
Browse all cane clarinet reeds and synthetic clarinet reeds at https://www.wwbw.com/Clarinet-Reeds.wwbw. With our new low prices on most clarinet reeds, you’re sure to find the right one for you!
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