The Carbon reed made by Fiberreed inventor Harry Hartmann was his second creation after the original “Natural” synthetic reed. For more info on the Fiberreed family and history check out my post on the reeds page.
More recently, Harry created the “Carbon Onyx” synthetic reed. This reed is made from 100% carbon fibers and so sets it apart from all other synthetics which are a blend of fibers. The reed discussed here is simply called the “Carbon” which is constructed with a combination of carbon and hollow fibers.
I’ve been playing on this Fiberreed Carbon model and really have been enjoying it. A little while back I told you about this Carbon Onyx which chipped on me and when I saw this I automatically freaked out, being mostly a long time cane reed user. Actually, it turned to work the same even with a huge chip on the tip.
They do wear out after a while. My first Onyx lasted for about 10 months. I’ve been playing my recent one for about 9 months and is still good (even with the chip). It’s on it’s way out now so I started phasing the Carbon reed in.
Really loving the carbon which feels similar to the Onyx. Don’t know if it’s any better, ma it won’t crack or chip…I don’t know at this point but will keep you up to date on how it works. I also plan on playing it on an upcoming song video and will let you know about that as well.
Meanwhile, I’m going to put it on my horn and play it for you to hear what it sounds like…
After playing it, the main impression was that it feels and sounds a little brighter than my Onyx, which is the reed I’ve been playing for the last year and a half. So, I’ll have to compare it a bit more. You can listen back to back on the full Fiberreed comparison I did which you can link to from the “reeds page” link at the beginning of this post.
So it is brighter and the other thing I enjoy about this carbon reed is the “buzz” it has. I found the Hemp Fiberreed had a bit of a buzz, more so than the Onyx. But the hemp was thinner-sounding all around. This carbon reed seems to sit somewhere in between the Hemp and the Onyx. It has the brightness and the buzz which I like for that rock and roll sound.