For many many years I have played synthetic reeds, for myself playing nearly everyday I want the constant sound. All the synthetic reeds do this the Ponzol is the best for myself. My advice don't try to use harder reeds than you normally use if anything come down a bit this gives you afaster response and flexibility. Don't worry about the toughness of the reed because it wont get weary on hard blowing, the next day there it is ready to start again you don't need to start looking through your reed boxfor another reed. What I do because I like a very big sound I put a small section of rubber on the back of the reed so the ligature clamps the reed very tightly. The Harry Hahn reeds have this feature so I use the rubber spacer off my old Hahn reeds.
Plays straight out of the box. Great tone and loooong life span. No need to warm up or get the reed wet.
It takes some time to get use to the feel of the synthetic material. But when it is done there is no problem. The reed responds perfect in all registers and it is very easy to play. The tone tends to way sharper and brighter than a normal cane reed. If it is a good or bad thing you have to figure out yourself. But for rock and pop music it cuts through great.
The life span is awesome. Haven't changed the reed in over two months now, with practice everyday. And it still feels and plays great.
The only real down side for me is the strength measurement on the reed. The "2" is way softer than a normal cane reed "2". Same goes for the "2,5".
I play it on a 70s Weltklang Tenor. With a Otto Link NY 6 and a Rovner Dark Ligature.
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