jazz, rock, funk, fusion and gospel on tenor, alto and soprano
I have been drinking the Vandoren Kool Aid ever since my high school band teacher recommended Vandoren's back in the 90's. After all, what could be better for a jazz and funk sax player like myself than a reed company that offers several varieties of jazz and pop reeds such as red box javas, green box javas and V 16's? But after reading glowing reviews about Rigotti's here on SOTW, I decided to try a box. WOW, after trying a few Rigotti Gold Jazz reeds on all 3 of my tenor mouthpieces (a Phil Tone, a Berg Larson and a Sugal KWIII) I don't see myself ever buying another Vandoren reed again. It was like these Rigotti reeds breathed new life into all 3 of my mouthpieces. I was going to sell the Berg Larson metal 105/1 because I didn't like the response, but the response was amazing with the Rigotti 2.5 medium. It even felt so easy to play I can probably step up to a 110/1 and get a little more edge without sacrificing response. My Phil Tone has never sounded better. And the Sugal also responded and sounded best with the Rigotti. I have been searching for the perfect mouthpiece for decades, but now I am starting to think all these years the mouthpiece wasn't my problem, it was the reed. I probably would have loved all those mouthpieces I sold over the years if I had tried them with Rigotti reeds. I have been using Fibracell for my funk band gigs because I don't really like the response of the Vandoren red box I have been using, but the Rigotti has a better response than the Fibracell and of course the tone is also better. Too bad it took me so long to discover Rigotti reeds. Thanks to SOTW I finally did.