Re: reed prices
This is an old post, so I'm not sure anybody will read it. Anyways, I tried the Alexander reeds and was impressed and dissapointed at the same time. They are good consistant reeds and I enjoyed how long of a life they have. The thing I didn't like was the fact that you need to put them through a pretty thorough break in process. I hate that. I like to wet a reed down, slap it on and be able to play it within a few minutes. I don't like to have to take time out of practicing for three days to break in a reed.
If you decide to go with them I would suggest keeping some cheaper reeds for backup in case you break an alexander. that was you can slap one on while you start the three day break in process.