Dave, to me it sounds like you do know the new Premiers........darylDave Dolson said:I don't know "Premieres" from the regular Fibracells. I recently bought a few of the newest Fibracells from Hurling Frootmig . . . the one's rated numerically(1 1/2, 2, etc.) instead of by written description (SOFT, MED SOFT, etc.). My purpose was to see what improvements, if any, had been made in the product; and to see which strength worked best on my mouthpieces.
I've used Fibracells for years (SOFT and MED SOFT) and now have a 1 1/2 Fibracell on an alto piece. But, they don't work for me on all horns and on all mouthpieces.
My experience has been that Fibracells are stronger than their cane counterparts, and they don't lose any strength over time. They are very consistent, too. For me, I usually need a closer-tipped mouthpiece for Fibracells.
As to improvements? The new ones play as good as the old ones, but as I've written elsewhere, some matching-to-mouthpieces is required, which requires an assortment of mouthpieces as well as an assortment of Fibracells. The initial investment may be higher than the usual cane-reed-purchase, but once the player settles on the best strength and mouthpiece, the long-term attributes are positive. DAVE