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Baritone & Bass Saxophone Reeds

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No matter how you play your baritone or bass saxophone, whether you’re spitting hot jazz solos or playing as part of a traditional band, if you want to impress you need a reed that can keep up. Small and simple at first glance, reeds may seem almost like an afterthought, but they have an enormous role to play in the sound of your sax. When you’re looking for a new reed, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase. First, you’ll want to take a look at the thickness of the reeds. A huge part in the overall tone of your instrument, there is a full scale of soft to hard reeds available to choose from. If you’re looking for a stronger vibrato and note bending, definitely go with a softer reed, but if you’re looking to enhance your altissimo notes, a harder reed is probably the better choice. Whatever you decide, there is no right or wrong, it all comes down to personal preference.

Materials also have a part to play in the sound the reed produces. With a variety of natural and synthetic options available, you can ensure you get the exact tone you are looking for. For a classic sound that offers a more centered tone, take a look at the hand-selected cane Grand Concert Select Baritone Saxophone Reed. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a blend of durability and sound, carbon options like the Harry Hartmann Carbon Fiberreed Baritone Saxophone Reed are worth considering as well. Emulating the feel of natural cane, these reeds are perfect for almost any genre of music.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure the reeds you choose fit the instrument you have. The more perfect the mouthpiece fit, the better your sax will perform, providing a smoother, more full-bodied sound. If you find your mouthpiece has a more narrow design, a harder reed is usually your best bet, while a wider tip works better with a softer reed.

The best way to find your ideal sound is to experiment with a number of different reeds. Once you’ve made your decision, and have stocked up on a few reeds, you can get back to doing what you do best… playing your baritone or bass sax.