I think the phrase that came to both me and two of my teachers upon trying one I picked up a few years ago as a curiosity was "it isn't as bad as I'd expect". I asume these were made for doublers that are primarily single-reed players and it might be useful for some of those situations. It sounds like an oboe, but not quite. It isn't really bright or anything like that, just "different." I can't get up much past 2nd octave C/D with it. A different reed might be bertter, but they are pretty hard to come by. I think your best bet on a reed would be to find Ab clarinet reeds (not that easy as it is) and trim the edges.
Oh, I just looked at the listing. I see it doesn't have the minute ligature and cap that it should have. I think it's silver plastic, btw, not metal; judging from the lay. Mine's the typical black plastic.
Incidentally I notice he has 2 and the other is listed at half the price.-kby
Last edited by kby (2014-03-29 10:43:24)