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Offline LarryS

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Daddario synthetic reeds
« on: January 20, 2020, 12:20:33 PM »
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Re: D'Addario synthetic reeds
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2020, 08:49:56 AM »
Very promising! This link seems to compile the available info:
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?367006-D%C2%92Addario-announces-new-synthetic-reed!

They are preparing to introduce sax reeds. When clarinet reeds come available, I'm sure some of us will try them ASAP. Including me.
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Re: Daddario synthetic reeds
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2020, 10:41:56 AM »
Now I wanna know the price!

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Re: Daddario synthetic reeds
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2020, 04:11:56 AM »
On a par with Legere apparently.

Why are synthetics so expensive?  I fail to see how a machined piece of plastic costs several times as much as a similar piece of cane.

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Re: Daddario synthetic reeds
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2020, 10:25:08 AM »
On a par with Legere apparently.

Why are synthetics so expensive?  I fail to see how a machined piece of plastic costs several times as much as a similar piece of cane.

I don't think the materials cost nearly as much. I figure maybe the marketing that "one synthetic lasts as long as a whole box of cane" means that the plastic now HAS to be more expensive.

If they sold plastic for the same price as an individual cane (sub-$5), then I feel like people would not be as willing to try it, believing that a cheap product is an inferior product.

Jack up the price and it suddenly turns into a "premium" item and people buy into it accordingly.
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Re: Daddario synthetic reeds
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2020, 06:22:08 PM »
It isn't plastic. It's a composite of carbon fiber with (in the case of Fibracell) a foam-like filler. Developing the design and production methods to produce a highly uniform and consistent product, for so many sizes and grades, is not a cheap endeavor.
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Re: Daddario synthetic reeds
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2020, 01:40:32 PM »
I saw these reed at NAMM this year but wasn't able to play it. Actually, they are not available yet. The D'Addario rep said they expect them in April.
Help! I swallowed my reed.

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Re: Daddario synthetic reeds
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2020, 05:14:20 PM »
The technology to make synthetic reeds is quite extensive. They're hand carved, not molded.
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