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Finding a reed that will suit your needs is a must for every tenor saxophone musician. This small accessory is the only reason you get that powerful sax sound that you’ve come to love so ensuring yours sounds the way you want it to is crucial. There are many options available that allow you to customize your tone. When you’re looking for a reed you’ll need to consider what thickness you prefer. Reeds come in a variety of thickness and each gives you different results. If you’re looking to truly project and play altissimo notes with ease, a thicker reed will be your best choice. Those trying to develop your embouchure will probably prefer a softer, thinner reed that gives you more dynamic abilities due to their flexibility.

Another consideration when you’re looking for a reed is ensuring it perfectly matches your mouthpiece. If you have a narrow tipped mouthpiece it is most likely that a harder reed will fit much better, while wider mouthpieces operate much more easily when paired with a soft reed. With a good fit your saxophone can reach its full potential.

As well, reeds come in both synthetic and natural materials. If you’re looking for a really durable reed that won’t wear over time, has a consistent sound and an easy-to-use construction then synthetic options like the Bari Synthetic or the Legere Tenor Sax Reed are your best bets. If you’re more interested in getting a classic tone with a more flexible construction, options like the Rico Royal Reserve or La Voz reeds are made with donax cane. These organic reeds have a reliable response and a powerful tone that’s very evident in many vintage sax recordings.

Ensuring you have a reed that’s right for you will not only make it easier to play, but also allow you to customize your tone. Being able to use your sax to the best of your ability helps you gain skill and will prepare you for your next performance.

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