Saxophone Forum


by karebear1012
(395 posts)
13 years ago

Reed help

Lately I've been buying boxes of Vandoren ZZ size 3 alto sax reeds, but they've ended up playing like crap (with the exception of maybe one or two of the reeds). Before I played on Rico Jazz Select size 3.5 alto reeds, but I didn't like the tone as much as say a Helmke or Vandoren. However, it's such a waste of money to buy a whole box when only a few of the reeds will play well. Any ideas on a brand I could buy for my alto (probably ones that will suit classical music the best - but any opinions on jazz ones too would be great) that are more consistent? I'm lead in my jazz band so my director is always trying to get me to play real loud, but some of the reeds i've tried have made me squeak slightly when playing forte. I also have a recital coming up , so i need something that will help me achieve a warm classical tone. Thanks! ~Kara

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  1. by barimachine
    (323 posts)

    13 years ago

    Re: Reed help

    i would say try some JAVA or V16s for jazz thickness depends on your setup and such classical try some general blue box or rico grand concert series stuff la voz anything really as for price i order mine through my band director he gets like half off so that saves me money especially when its like 5 or 6 bucks a reed

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    1. by connsaxman_jim
      (2336 posts)

      13 years ago

      Re: Reed help

      Vanduren reeds have sure gone to shit in a hurry. The last couple boxes of V16's and Java's I\ve bought were garbage! I'm not buying any more.

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  2. by reallynewtothis
    (15 posts)

    13 years ago

    Re: Reed help

    Hi. I would try the Alexander Superial or DC. They're pretty consistent. Cheers

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    1. by karebear1012
      (395 posts)

      13 years ago

      Re: Reed help

      so dyou think it'd be cheaper for me to buy them offline?? by the way... for classical i use a Selmer C* mouthpiece witha Rovner dark ligature -- and for jazz I use a Meyer 6 and usually just my rovner (or whatever ligature i find lying around that sounds decent)... Thanks for your help! Kara

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