The cane arrives at our factory after 5 years of aging, and got cut in tubes.
All the raw material used to manufacture our reeds comes from our 3 de Mayo plantation, at the foot of the Andes Mountain Range. Using material from a single caneyard results in unmatched consistency.
As with wine, Mendoza is a terroir for cane. It has a combination of geographical factors that give our raw material a unique character.
Our 3 de Mayo plantation is located at the foot of the Andes Mountain Range, which, at this latitude, is at its highest point. This creates a barrier against the humid wind from the Pacific Ocean, and makes Mendoza a semi-desert with great thermal amplitude and more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year.
Thousands of years of sediment washed down from the mountain have generated rich soil for cane growth, which is irrigated with meltwater and therefore has a
high mineral content. All this elements, in conjunction with hot summers, cold winters, frosts, and occasional strong winds, result in a robust, dense reed with a
complex sound, deep nuances, and a distinct personality
How’s the rigorous making process?
The tube splits and divides in 4. Then it’s classified by width and thickness.
The segment gets cut to the final length for each instrument.
Final cut of the segment
The cane is precisely rectified to obtain a perfect table.
The cane is molded, and a bevel is done in order to facilitate the vamping.
The reed is vamped with high speed and precision machinery
The tip of the reed is cut and the strength is measured, then engraved and packed in our ecofriendly packaging.
Carmen Teresa Borregales
"Whether it is in an orchestra or chamber group, as a soloist or as a popular musician, the nobility that characterizes the material of Gonzalez Reeds is the indispensable tool for the versatile clarinetist".
Carlos Averhoff Jr.
"Gonzalez Reeds are different to other brand of reeds I have played before. Gonzalez reeds project a beautiful centered and deep timber that I have been always looking for. Those reeds match perfectly with my style of playing".
"The Gonzalez FOF clarinet reeds, combine the characteristics of warmth, power and smoothness, that I have found to be a winning combination for so many years!".
"Gonzalez Reeds has been with me since the beginning of my career. The constant quality and regularity of the product allows me to develop my musicality, without limits nor risks. Open a box, choose any reed and play with it immediately at a concerts have become a invaluable habit".
Andrés Pérez joins Lucybell
Saxophonist Andrés Pérez Muñoz continues his tour in Chile by joining the band Lucybell.
Reed production stages
Want to learn the different stages the cane goes through to become our amazing reeds? Then read here!
Conditions to begin with the cane harvest season
Ever wondered what are the conditions for cane harvest to take place? Here we will tell you all about it!
Jorge Retamoza will perform at Las Violetas
Saxophonist and Gonzalez Reeds Artist, Jorge Retamoza, will play with his Quartet, in September, to present his latest material.
The road to creating a reed
A couple of years ago we made the most important update of our GD for Bb Clarinet. The change consisted of manually retouched the GD manufacturing template from strategic points.
Contact information & Distributors
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