This review can be made very short: Quite simply, the Reedjuvinate is the best saxophone accessory that I have ever had!
What is it?
It is a reed storage system with space for 3 reeds, so it’s ideal to fit in your case and to have with you on gigs or in rehearsals.
Inside the case is a magnet which allows it to stick to a music stand or microphone stand.
The reeds are kept hydrated and clean within the case. It is recommended that you keep original Listerine mouthwash (the yellow one) in the case.
Why is it so good?
The makers claim that because Reedjuvinate keeps your reeds hydrated and clean, it therefore allows them to play better and to last longer.
Is it true?
Well, when I got my first Reedjuvinate in January 2017 I thought that there may be some truth in it, but it was unlikely to be as good as the sales pitch claimed - afterall, so many things aren’t. But I thought it worth a try.
I experimented with how much Listerine to have in the case and found that more, rather than less seemed to be the optimum amount for me.
After the first month I was impressed; my reeds certainly seemed easier to play and were very responsive. But was that just because I was practising more?
The answer came when I forgot to pack my Reedjuvinate one day, so had to use un-prepped reeds.
Basically, the reeds were horrible to play; unresponsive, bad sounding and hard work. I tried several out so it wasn’t just one reed. This has happened to me on a few occasions since too, so it wasn’t a one off. When I was able to use reeds from my Reedjuvinate again playing was so easy!
This was two months in and I was so impressed that I bought another two Reedjuvinates! So, I have now one each for my tenor, alto and clarinet.
At this point I hadn’t used it long enough to know if my reeds lasted longer, but the difference in playability was enough to make it very worthwhile using. I was hooked!
Over time it became apparent that my reeds did, in fact seem to last for ages. I don’t have an exact figure, but I have certainly needed to change my reeds less. It is now April 2018 and I haven’t changed my reeds this year for either alto or tenor - I am still using the same 3 as at the start of the year.
It is worth saying at this point that reeds worked before Reedjuvinate came along. But I used to find that at the end of a practise session they would be working really well, whereas at the start they took a while to ‘warm up’.
The difference is that with the Reedjuvinate, your reeds play brilliantly from the first note.
Are There Any Bad Points? (This section is an update in June 2019.)
Up until very recently my answer to this was, "no". Having used my Reedjuvinates for a couple of years there were a couple of small negatives:
- I have had to replace the sponge in one of my Reedjuvinates as it had started to fall apart (this was after about 2 years of saturation!). That said, in another one I have just removed the sponge and it works just as well.
- The magnet had started to colour the fluid and the reeds. UPDATE! I have heard from Reedjuvinate that they have corrected this problem, this is what they said about it:
"For the past 6 months we now ship ReedJuvinates with the magnets inside a little plastic “ziplock bag” system so this no longer happens."
So, one of the problems has been rectified and the other is pretty small and a long way from being a game changer. I'm still hooked on the Reedjuvinate!
I know it sounds like it, but I don’t work for Reedjuvinate! I have just genuinely found it to be a great product and wanted to share that knowledge with you.
Here’s a link to their website: http://reedjuvinate.com
and here’s a couple of good UK suppliers:
Elsewhere in the world, just type Reedjuvinate into a search engine and I'm sure you'll find a good supplier.