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    VandorenAlto Saxophone Reeds VandorenAlto Saxophone Reeds
    Vandoren Alto Saxophone Reeds

    Replacement reeds crafted from French cane.

    $27.99
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    RicoAlto Saxophone Reeds RicoAlto Saxophone Reeds
    Rico Alto Saxophone Reeds

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    Rico RoyalAlto Saxophone Reeds Rico RoyalAlto Saxophone Reeds
    Rico Royal Alto Saxophone Reeds

    10 french filed replacement reeds for students and professionals alike. Suitable for a range of playing...

    $23.49
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    FibracellSynthetic Alto Saxophone Reed FibracellSynthetic Alto Saxophone Reed
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    La VozAlto Saxophone Reeds La VozAlto Saxophone Reeds
    La Voz Alto Saxophone Reeds

    10 replacement reeds cut from arundo donax cane. Unfiled for deeper tone.

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    RicoSelect Jazz Filed Alto Saxophone Reeds RicoSelect Jazz Filed Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Rico Select Jazz Filed Alto Saxophone Reeds

    10 filed reeds for the serious jazz player.

    $26.49
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    RigottiGold Alto Saxophone Reeds RigottiGold Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $24.99
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  4. VandorenJava Alto Saxophone Reeds VandorenJava Alto Saxophone Reeds
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    RicoPlasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds RicoPlasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds

    5 plastic-covered reeds for alto sax or musicians who need to make quick changes between two instruments....

    $17.29
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    VandorenJava Red Alto Saxophone Reeds VandorenJava Red Alto Saxophone Reeds
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  3. VandorenAlto Saxophone Jazz Reed Sample Pack VandorenAlto Saxophone Jazz Reed Sample Pack
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    RicoSelect Jazz Unfiled Alto Saxophone Reeds RicoSelect Jazz Unfiled Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Rico Select Jazz Unfiled Alto Saxophone Reeds

    Yielding unprecedented projection and a clear, fat tone, with unsurpassed flexibility and lightning-fast...

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    VandorenAlto Sax V16 Reeds VandorenAlto Sax V16 Reeds
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    LegereSignature Series Alto Saxophone Reed LegereSignature Series Alto Saxophone Reed
    Legere Signature Series Alto Saxophone Reed

    Légère Signature Series reeds are used by professionals and are considered comparable to the best cane reeds....

    $25.95
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    VandorenV12 Alto Saxophone Reeds VandorenV12 Alto Saxophone Reeds
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    RicoReserve Classic Alto Saxophone Reeds RicoReserve Classic Alto Saxophone Reeds
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    VandorenZZ Alto Saxophone Reeds VandorenZZ Alto Saxophone Reeds
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    Frederick HemkeAlto Saxophone Reeds Frederick HemkeAlto Saxophone Reeds
    Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds

    Frederick L. Hemke reeds provide the dark tone favored by many classical and traditional jazz saxophonists....

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    BariSynthetic Alto Saxophone Reed BariSynthetic Alto Saxophone Reed
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    BariStar Alto Saxophone Reed BariStar Alto Saxophone Reed
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For a saxophonist, the only thing more important than your alto saxophone reed is the horn itself. Because replacing them is a routine part of playing the sax, it is important to keep extra reeds close at hand while performing. Reeds are very delicate, and sometimes all it takes is a bump against the music stand or even your clothes to leave one chipped. Beyond that, even the most careful saxophonist will have to replace reeds when they wear out. If you play your saxophone regularly, you should expect to go through several replacements over the course of a year. Reeds are made in a range of strengths, numbered by hardness. While the numbers normally run from 1 through 5 or 6, one important thing to keep in mind is that the scale isn't standardized. What this means is that one reed maker's 2 might be another's 1. A Rico 3 reed, for example, is objectively softer than a Vandoren 3. Keep this in mind when picking out your reeds—if you're trying a new brand, it's not a bad idea to check with another player who has tried that reed to find out how soft or hard they run compared to your usual choices. That way you can pick the strength that will best match what you're used to. For new players, it's a good idea to start with a soft reed (usually a number '2') and then progress to stiffer reeds as your skills and lip technique advance. Apart from strength, the most important choice to make in picking out a reed is whether to go with natural cane or a synthetic material. The answer normally depends on how you will be using the saxophone. For orchestral or concert use, players will usually opt for a natural reed due to its classic tone. The latest advancements in synthetic reeds have made it possible for them to hold their own against natural cane, with frontrunners like the Legere Signature Series and Harry Hartmann Fiberreed being discovered by more and more musicians. Synthetic reeds are known for outstanding durability and resistance to warping and splitting, as well as the advantage of not needing to be moistened. Because of this, you may wish to do what many players do in using cane reeds for your regular sax and synthetic reeds for outdoor use or for an instrument that you play only once in a while. Whatever your choice, natural or synthetic, much of how your alto saxophone reed sounds will come down to how you play it. Match your reed to the best-fitting ligature that you have and get plenty of practice with a new strength or material of reed to make sure you're used to it before you bring it out in a performance.

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