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MF MD HG01 2017 Holiday Gift Guide 11-12-17

Alto Saxophone Reeds

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  1. Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $34.99
  2. Top Rated
    D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Filed Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $25.99
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    Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Vandoren V12 Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Starting at $27.99
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    $33.99+
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  4. D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Unfiled Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Starting at $27.79
  5. Harry Hartmann Fiberreed Alto Saxophone Hemp Reed
    $30.95
  6. Gonzalez Classic Alto Saxophone Reeds Box of 10
    $28.99
  7. Vandoren Alto Saxophone Mix Card
    Vandoren Alto Saxophone Mix Card
    $16.99
  8. Gonzalez Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Gonzalez Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $24.99
  9. Forestone Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed
    Forestone Synthetic Alto Saxophone Reed
    $19.99
  10. Harry Hartmann Fiberreed Carbon Classic Reed
    $30.95
  11. Grand Concert Select Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Starting at $27.19
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    Giardinelli Alto Saxophone Reed 10-Pack
    Giardinelli Alto Saxophone Reed 10-Pack
    $25.95
  13. Alexander Reeds Superial Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Starting at $18.99
  14. Zonda Supreme Alto Saxophone Reed
    Zonda Supreme Alto Saxophone Reed
    $16.99
  15. D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Alto Saxophone Reed Sampler Pack
    $15.99
  16. 20% off with code
    Forestone Black Bamboo Alto Saxophone Reed
    $30.95
  17. 10% off with code
    Gonzalez Local 627 Alto Saxophone Reeds Box of 10
    $26.99
  18. 10% off with code
    Rigotti Queen Reeds for Alto Saxophone
    Rigotti Queen Reeds for Alto Saxophone
    $26.99
  19. Peter Ponzol Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Peter Ponzol Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $23.99
  20. Alexander Reeds Classique Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $19.99
  21. 15% off with code
    Forestone Unfiled Alto Saxophone Reed
    $32.95
  22. Harry Hartmann Natural Classic Fiberreed Alto Saxophone Reed
    $30.95
  23. Harry Hartmann Natural Fiberreed Alto Saxophone Reed
    $30.95
  24. Andreas Eastman Venuto Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $19.99
  25. Marca Superieure Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $23.99
  26. Marca Alto Sax Superieur Reeds
    Marca Alto Sax Superieur Reeds
    $23.99
  27. D'Addario Woodwinds Reserve Reed Sampler Packs, Alto Saxophone
    Starting at $15.99
  28. Alexander Reeds New York Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $19.99
  29. Alexander Reeds DC Alto Saxophone Reeds
    Alexander Reeds DC Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $19.99
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    Woodwind Paris Classic Alto Saxophone Reeds
    $17.99
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  31. Rigotti Alto Sax Reed Blank
    Rigotti Alto Sax Reed Blank
    $1.69
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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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