Hey guys. I wanted to share something that happened recently. I usually keep my Fiberreed Onyx here on my mouthpiece, on my sax. I rarely take it off. We really should put it away but because of the way I work here in my studio I’m always picking up my horn for a minute or a few minutes at a time while working on a tune or arrangement so I don’t like to constantly pull the reed out and put it back on. So I just leave it on and these synthetic reeds are awesome for that.
So, I don’t know if this happened a day ago, a week or a month ago. This black Onyx reed that I’ve been using for a while now has this huge chip in it. Not sure if you’ll be able to see it in the video but I’ll take a photo of it and put it up just in case.
When you get a chip like that on a cane reed it’ll pretty much just stop playing for you. Depending on how big it is it might get you through the song or the set if you’re on a gig. You’ll lose most everything but the strange thing is, not sure when this happened but I never noticed it from the way it responded. It doesn’t feel any different so a chunk that big out of this Onyx reed is not even affecting it’s performance somehow.
I’m going to put it on and play it for you to hear what it sounds like….
So way up high in the altissimo no problem. Didn’t even feel a difference in it. Way down low in the bottom B flat I could play it perfectly. It’s so weird that you can get a chip that big on a saxophone reed and it’s still responding perfectly.