Since D’Addario started making reeds in 2004, we have worked tirelessly as a team to provide you with superior reeds and accessories that help you realize your highest musical and artistic visions—right at home here in the United States. D’Addario has infused millions of dollars of new technology and quality control into our company, and every aspect of our reed-making process has been redeveloped and drastically improved. We are proud to say that our quality control extends beyond the manufacturing floors. We grow 100 percent of our own cane, which enables us to monitor and control our raw material, from growth to harvest. Healthy cane and state-of-the-art machinery have allowed us to create the most consistently manufactured single-reed to date.
Our path towards this goal is guided by our steadfast commitment to the thousands of artists, educators, and enthusiasts who we serve worldwide. Through communication and collaboration with our supportive musical family, we look forward to a future of innovative development and continuous growth.
Getting the Most Out of Your Reeds
- Be sure to thoroughly break-in and rotate your reeds. Do not play each reed for more than a few minutes in the first days of use.
- The acidity content in one’s saliva may negatively affect the life of a reed. Consider using water to soak your reeds instead.
- Dark spots in the bark of the reed do not indicate that a reed will play poorly.
- Always use a mouthpiece cap when the reed is still on the mouthpiece, but not in use. This prevents reed damage and keeps the reed from drying out. Do not store your reed on the mouthpiece.
- The entire length of the reed vibrates; too much ligature pressure can stifle the vibration, so be careful when tightening the screw(s).
- Storing your reeds properly is important for maintaining stable, well-functioning reeds. Our signature reed case features the Reed Vitalizer technology, which regulates the humidity level inside the case and prevents warping.
Filed vs. Unfiled—What Does It Mean?
A reed that goes through one additional cutting process that removes bark from the reed’s shoulders. This allows for faster vibration.
A reed is unfiled when bark from the reed’s shoulders remains intact. Many players enjoy the added resistance of this additional material.