Frequently asked questions / よくある質問
What makes the Forestone Saxophone different to other saxophones on the market?
There are a lot of details where the Forestone Saxophones differs from the rest of the market but there are 2 big differences which make our horn unique.
1. We are proud of that our master Japanese master technician builds every horn by himself. Forestone is the first brand where it’s not a random factory person who set ups the horn.Our technician stands with his name for every single horn (engraved on the body) thus customers can be sure that every single horn is set at up at the highest level.
2. The second big difference is the FVCT process which gives the horn more resonance and makes it more free blowing.
(Forestone Vibration Cryogenic Treatment)
What does the saxophone sound like? Does it have a distinct sound?
Describing a sound of an instrument is not an easy task. So we asked many players what they think the horn sounds like. Many answered it sounds a little bit like a Selmer, others thought more of a Conn and some also said it reminds them of a Yanagisawa. But everybody said it was a unique and beautiful sound. So we think, they are all right and that our saxophones indeed have sound aspects of these three brands but in combination the Forestone sound is unique on the market. It’s a round, flexible sound and rich in colour.
What is a cryogenical treatment and how does it relate to the Forestone Saxophone?
During the assembly process our saxophone undergoes a unique method called "cryogenical freezing" also known as FVCT treatment. We smooth out the stresses within the metal of the saxophone. This will give the saxophone a more wide and free sound.
How can I clean my Forestone reed?
Luke-warm works well.
Can Forestone reeds be safely sterilized?
Dipping the reed in hydrogen peroxide followed by rinsing it in luke-warm water is a simple, effective and safe method. You can also clean the reeds with an alcohol swab.
Is there a recommended method for storing Forestone reeds?
Any standard reed case or reed holder will do the trick.
Can Forestone reeds be left on the mouthpiece?
Because the material does not warp, you can safely leave your Forestone reed on the mouthpiece. However, we do recommend that you remove it and wipe it clean after each playing session.
How can I maximize the life of my Forestone reed?
Rotation is the best way to maximize the reed’s playing life. Some players rotate three or four reeds, others as many as six or more.
Are the reeds designed for certain types of mouthpieces and ligatures?
Forestone reeds will work on any brand of mouthpiece and with any metal, fabric or string ligature. Our German-cut clarinet reeds are designed for German mouthpieces.
Does Forestone have an exchange policy?
Your satisfaction with Forestone is our ultimate aim. Any reed that arrives by mail damaged or unplayable will be replaced free of charge, no questions asked.
Are Forestone reeds designed for all playing situations?
Yes. Forestone reeds are the ideal choice for professional orchestral clarinet players, chamber music players, folk musicians, commercial freelancers, and doublers. They can also be played with confidence by university and high school students, teachers, young professionals, soloists, military musicians, and amateurs – in short, by anyone who plays or studies the clarinet and saxophone and seeks a reliable synthetic alternative to cane reeds.
What is the correct way to say "Forestone?"
Our name is an amalgamation of the two English words: forest and tone. The correct way to say it is "Forest-tone."