Forestone started in late 2007 with a group of people anxious to develop a better reed and release players from all known problems with cane and bad sound plastic reeds.
The former manager of Japan’s biggest woodwind distributor Kawai Kazunori came up with a special material formula - half bamboo and half PP which was the perfect combination of wooden sound while being perfectly consistent when manufactured by injection molding.
In 2010 all preparations for Forestone Reeds were done and Forestone started to be set up in most countries around the world taking over a leading position among synthetic and cane reed brands with a line-up for all single reed instruments from Clarinet to Saxophone for classic players and jazz players.
Forestone’s founding member Lars Heuseler took over the company’s leadership in 2011 and quickly realized the potential of having Japanese master craftsman’s in the team while being more than a local Japanese company - speaking 8 languages in house with every team member having a different nationality and started to expand the product line up to woodwind accessories such as mouthpieces and ligatures. Furthermore did Forestone help other Japanese brands to develop their products in the world and foreign brands to get inside the Japanese market such as: B.Air , Gottsu Mouthpiece, Theo Wanne, daCarbo, SD Systems and many other great products.
In 2012 Forestone joined hand with Atsushi Watanabe who mentioned to be looking for new challenges. His decades of experience as head of the repair school of Japans biggest store group with 150 stores combined with the position as their Chief of product development enables him to create a Saxophone using Japanese technology combined with the experience of repairing almost every saxophone brand ever being produced.
As result Atsushi is building the finest Japanese saxophones for Forestone today engraving his name on each saxophone and that way taking responsibility for every single horn. He took our business to a whole new level and we are grateful to have Atsushi in the family.
Forestone is a young and dynamic company which wants to connect musicians worldwide becoming the open minded borderless future of woodwind in a still too conservative surrounding.
We would love to share this success with you and hope to welcome you to the family soon.
Lars Heuseler, CEO
Forestone Japan Ltd.
Special Thanks to people who helped us on our way: Iwaida-san from 3S, Kato Shinichi, Kawai Kazunori, Melinda & Paul Globus, Christoph Taguchi, Yokotsuka Family, Keiichi Hayase, Gotthold Meyer, Atsushi Wanatabe,