Ever since I opened my first workshop in 1982, I have always remained loyal to the reeds produced by Franco Rigotti. The cut might not always have been my favourite, but the excellent quality of the cane, grown, harvested, sun dried and age cut with great care in the Var (French Riviera) by Rigotti, has always been satisfying for all these years.
By constantly working on my own reeds and advising the sax players on the way to optimize them, the collaboration with the Rigotti Company became undeniable and grew into a reality. I knew their cane pretty well (its qualities and potential) as well as the expectations of many sax players at the highest level with whom I shared the last 25 years of fertile work.
The "Excellence" has been developed to meet Jazz saxophone players' expectations: consistency, strength and durability. Its progressive flexibility on the longer portion helps to produce a fuller and deeper tone on most popular "jazz" mouthpieces while maintaining body and stability in the higher register.
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