LOL -- are you supposed to leave that on while you play? Is it purely decorative, or does BARI claim that it affects the sound or response of the reed?anyone tried the new BARI elite reed?. Bright red in color and a fake gemstone on it.
It's hard to believe that a new BARI reed model could be more than twice as good as the previous BARI reeds, even though the price is more than twice as much.The reeds are avaialble direct from BARI and they are 34.95 each. I am not wiling to spend that unless they are really good?
It's there, it's just hard to see in the photo.So ... your gem is missing ??
They really seem to be consistent. I haven't had to sand them. That being said I only have 2 MS reeds for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bari. They all seem close to a 2.5 and they work for my setup. I know there are some variations, but it's not to the point of sanding. I think my mouthpiece is really reed friendly. I've actually been trying out cane reeds last week and I played a Orange Box Rico 2.0 & 3.0 and both played very well. The only difference was the 3.0 played louder. As far as resistance, the 3.0 & 2.0 were the same. I've never experienced anything like that, but I've only been playing Baritone sax for 2 years. I've played the other saxes for over 30 years.Are they consistent in strenght/? I am getting pretty good results from regular BARI reed on Bari sax I will sand the ones that are too hard . on tenor I am doing better with a soft although I have to sand those as well. I have some mediums for tenor that I may sand some more to make them play better. I have drilled some of them the same way that your elite is drilled and I don't think that mod makes them play better? the elite is going to have to play way better for me to spend the extra money? Thank you for the info.
That red one doesn't appear to have the grooves like the originals that made you feel like you were sucking on an old LP. Did you sand them off or does the reed come smooth like that??I've been playing these reeds for almost 2 years with my big band. I play baritone sax and they give me the power to be heard over the rhythm section. I will admit, the gem stone looks odd, but they play so much better than the regular and star reeds for me. They also last a long time. I think they are great when you need to be heard or get a bright jazz sound out of a classical mouthpiece.
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It comes like that, no sanding at all. Yeah, the older reeds did have the grooves and it took a while to get used to that, but I was playing them in march band and didn't want to use cane reeds for that.That red one doesn't appear to have the grooves like the originals that made you feel like you were sucking on an old LP. Did you sand them off or does the reed come smooth like that??