Today I saw a comment on an Irish accordion website that said that A Mano reeds were not to be compared with Tipo A Mano reeds as the Tipo or Tam Reeds [An abbreviated name I put on these reeds back in 2004 for my improver accordions ]are considered grade 2. I have never seen any grading of reeds by any reed manufacturer as they all have their individual qualities.
The writer of this comment is a player himself and as a player he should respect that not everyone needs the loud piercing sound of the A Mano reed.
Today, in sessions, all musicians are respected equally. not like back in the day when accordion players led the session.
Today its not about the volume except in bands or in competition.
Today, the respectful individual accordion player will have his A Mano reeds accordion for band /competition but he will also have his Tipo A Mano professional reeded accordion for sessions or possibly an accordìon with a softer sounding like Super Durall Reeds for the session.
For an accordion maker and player to put down any other reed other than the type of reed he uses is totally negative as there are differences of sound in all reeds.
Binci Reeds are an artisan company and they do not make any other type of reed except
Because it is more expensive to make A Mano reeds does not make them a grade above the rest.
Super Dural have softer sound and accordions are sold in general by their sound.
Once you go above the average Machine made reed, the sound comes into play, and accordions are mostly bought for their sound.
With respect to the maker that got me started on this rant. He should realize that there are other reeds available to use that give a quality of sound other than the piercing A Mano reeds he boasts as grade 1. For a few years I worked with the Paolo Soprani company and they would not put a stronger reed in the Jubilee accordion or the later versions than the Tipo A Mano . They explained the fact that they were using 4 sets of reeds that it became too powerful a sound, and that the Tipo Reeds were strong enough and still professional and well balanced.
I have been buying reeds from Italy for 25 years and never heard the reeds graded like he describes.
One of the bigger company’s Voci Armoniche describe the reeds as follows.