Doron Orenstein Doron Orenstein Famous works for saxophone: Chamber music. I switched to a Légère for my Erik-the-Flutemaker Tenor All Terrain Sax for the same reason – convenience. No serious players buy one reed at a time. enjoying the saxophone again…. THe sound added some reverb so you could hear how it sounded in a bigger room. 4.4 out of 5 stars 70. Mouthpieces with narrow tip openings usually work better with harder reeds and mouthpieces with wider tip opening work better with softer reeds. Do yourself a favor: buy AT LEAST a box at a time and compare them. Sax patented the saxophone on 28 June 1846, in two groups of seven instruments each. July 24, 2011 @ 1:13 am. November 26, 2011 @ 1:16 pm. It gives a hard edge if you want it. FREE Delivery. Is it the Sax or my skill. I have recently fell in love with the “out of box” playability of the synthetic reed, maybe its just the convenience factor or Im getting a little older and less patient! Click below to see for yourself why so many professional saxophonists consider David's thorough, methodical, and practical approach the "real deal" for players at any level. This space determines the "channel" that the player's breath follows. #3 is almost completely wrong. December 20, 2013 @ 10:39 pm. Rico by D'Addario RJA1030 Alto Sax Reeds Review. Is yours an ABS or a wood xaphoon? Recommended Reed Strength for Beginners . You might also want to go for a mouthpiece with a smaller tip opening. I found a combination of fibracells and a good beechler bellite do it for me on alto and tenor.also sometimes use dukoffs for tenor too but I only play on fibracells .cant and wont deal with cane ever again after getting 9/10 duds in a box with ricos and vandorens.I guess the fibracells just work for me and not against me….everyone is different though. pls enlighten me, Best Tenor Sax Reeds - Top 5 Detailed Reviews | Get it Tomorrow, Jan 8. 4S’s play as easily for me now as 2M’s did for me back then. Just telling I am 14 years old and I play the soprano sax. While many sax players find synthetic reeds to be a superb alternative to traditional cane, it's also important … There are more subtle differences to be sure, but flexibility shouldn’t be among them. I got two boxes of Cecilio reeds for my soprano on eBay for about $11 and they are very good reeds considering the fact that they are what most people consider an “off brand”. Which ones produce the warmest, most woody sound? Doron Orenstein The best saxophone instructor I have had (who I found through taught me an important, and commonly overlooked, fact: a good reed cannot play as well to its full potential if it is not a good fit with the mouthpiece. Little did he know, his shaved down 4’s were thinner than my unaltered 3’s. Because when a Bb saxophone plays it’s written C (the note on your Bb saxophone music sheet) it sounds Bb on the piano (concert pitch). However, I am constantly hearing that despite their durance, they don’t sound as well as a cane reed. Even if chocolate chip is on your mind, our cookies make an important contribution to a great shopping experience. Both jazz and classical call for loud and soft playing as appropriate. Thanks for the advise.I will look for another mouthpiece any suggestion.Right now i am using a selmer ,but not sure what the size is ,it came with the Horn. Thinner reeds vibrate more easily, so they are good for beginners. Your email address will not be published. The thickness of the reed will affect the tone and how easy or difficult the instrument is to play. i have found an old orange box of 25 rico reeds,and every one plays out of the box,some last for a few minutes others last weeks,so i am loving that i found 2 full boxes of them…. Bill Wilkinson Another alternative to purchasing natural saxophone reeds is the synthetic saxophone reed. The Woodwind/Brasswind has them for $26 and change for a box of 10. You can see a demo of it here: There are several different methods in which to wet a reed. If you can, especially easy if you play in a band, the ask the other players to swap reeds with you. I currently play on 4 Softs. Rico’s reeds make me a little nostalgic because they were the first reeds I used when I was 12 and started playing the saxophone. I agree Totally, been playing on them for the past year. It is up to you to decide whether you want a better sounding or a longer-lasting reed. Alexander Superial reeds are a little bit more expensive but they do have quite a good percentage of excellent reeds per box. Players of popular music or jazz often prefer this … Firstly, you have to know the type of music you are going to make through your saxophone. It comes with a little gel packet that keeps the reeds from drying out completely, but dry enough that they don’t mold. Even if the mouthpiece is a little too loose or too tight, the cork can be easily shaved or replaced, so you can choose any mouthpiece you like. Hi measure in the reed? Broken down into bite-sized lessons, this streaming video program covers just about every single aspect of saxophone sound production. I’ve never really “believed” in fancy reed cases before, but I noticed a huge difference in the performance of all of my reeds right away and I’m having all of my students buy one. The reed must sit very securely on the table. Then, as your skills improve, you can work your way up to harder reeds. Finding the right reed strength for each saxophone player is a process, and highly individual, but there are some common reed types and strengths that are time-tested and proven to work well for beginners. So if you're willing to move beyond having your day ruined by a lousy reed, then sax legend David Liebman's course, Ultimate Guide to Saxophone Sound Production is where you're going to want to go next. March 19, 2013 @ 11:21 am. The best reeds are made from cane which is grown in Southern France, benefiting from warm Mediterranean breezes. another fact in favour of the plastic reed is that it does not need to be wet; this is important if you play in dry conditions (outside, summer, in the sun, or winter parades) and especially if you double on more than one horn. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. To generate a good tone that meet the orchestral standards, one should be very cautious about the quality of the reeds and his instrument. I’ve searched for reed anatomies on the internet and saw nothing called the grain. In the last 6 months my reeds have felt better, lasted longer, and played right out of the case without having to wet them first. This article has some good tips (it’s for clarinet, but still applies for sax): [Sorry(! i have actually found i don’t like the sound of the synthetic reeds,whichever one…. Doron Orenstein There’s different variables for each of us like embouchure, mouthpiece tip openings etc. It is up to you to decide whether you want a better sounding or a longer-lasting reed. No reeds! Find 7 different Vandoren reeds cut for saxophone for all music styles . Others carry around a small container of water and let their reeds soak in the container before they play. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The vibration of a thin reed has higher amplitude, and so the vibrating reed will completely cover the mouthpiece, blocking the air channel and possibly suddenly interrupting the sound of the instrument. Learn how your comment data is processed. Never touch the tip and avoid hitting it on things, so put on the cap whenever you can. Plus I have found that Rico reeds are consistent than vandoren reeds box to box. They have truly been a blessing in disguise for me.. Great website. May I know why? My sax sound so dull, flat and not bright and crips like those I’ve heard online. I learn that vandorens are crap, and now only play on Rico Royal or Reserves. The top quality reeds will have a hard sound but they are best for the orchestral setting. Maybe you’ll get one or two you are happy with. The standard scale for saxophone reed strength runs from 1 through 5, with 1 being the softest and 5 being the hardest reed. Should have taken up the flute. They are usually not “ready to go” right out of the box. Is this because my old reeds got softer or could the new reed be really higher than 1.5? So, let's see a list of some things to consider about tenor reeds. Some factors are – 1. Just my €0.02, Dxa Mizune I’m only in 8th grade, so getting that tone perfect is important for me. I’ve never felt like my flexibility in terms of pitch or dynamics has been sacrificed when moving up reed strengths out of necessity. Jeremy Holst As a beginner, you should have some knowledge about reeds. Hi, Just came to your site via Google checking on reeds. I stay away from recommending mouthpieces since it’s such an individual thing, there are no rules. On thing that’s helped me quite a bit is a tool called the “Reed Geek.” It’s not a reed knife, but a reed tool that makes a really big difference even if you’re like me and don’t really know how to use a reed knife. Maybe after a rehearsal you could have a get together with the other players and have a go with other mp’s? Beginners to the saxophone may not have the air strength to produce sound through a dry reed, so they need to moisten it. When you play acoustic, it can be disappointing because you don’t have those effects. But hard reeds in the hands (mouth) of somebody capable of wielding them should pose no limitations. Reeds with a thickness of 4 or 5 are harder and thus require more skill to sound, but the tone is fatter, bigger, and warmer. Meaning that you can play altissimo just fine on a #2 or #2 1/2 if that’s your ideal reed strength. I play the tenor,for about 2 months now.I used to play the trumpet and switched,i love it,however i do not want to BLAST the notes rather play some what softly and when the song requires it to play a little bit louder,also i do not want to have to blow like crazy to get the notes out.I need to purchase some reeds and are not sure what to get,seems like i had better luck with a Rico 2.5,I bought a Vandoren 2.5 and it makes me blow much harder Any advise will be appreciated. The best saxophone reeds for beginners are going to be made by Rico. Actually I’m not happy above top C# with the metalite and a 1 1/2 either. Once the reeds are cut, they then use a guage to determine what strength the reed is. Alto Saxophone Reeds 2.5, Alto Sax Reeds Strength 2.5 for Alto Sax with Transparent Case, Box of 10. 00 £10.50 £10.50. Thanks for your sharing. Remember all the great Jazz players played Rico reeds. Doron Orenstein September 30, 2012 @ 8:31 pm. We could not figure out why this student was squeaking so much. The saxophone is played by using a mouthpiece, which comes in different sizes and shapes to suit the mouth of the player. Jazz? January 3, 2020 @ 9:31 am, […] 6 Crucial Facts About Saxophone Reeds […]. For a sound wave, the tiny aperture between reed and mouthpiece – a much smaller cross section than the bore of the instrument – is enough to cause a reflection almost like that from a completely closed end. Personally, I started with Vandoren reeds and have always come back to them as a personal choice. I used to use size of rico reeds but recently I discover am no more satisfy with the tone, I think i need a hard reed to play high note especially. Assembly, finishing, and, at last, complete! There is also no way a single reed would work well for 14 months unless you hardly ever play. 10 Pieces Alto Saxophone Reeds Size 2.5 with Individual Plastic Case, Traditional Reeds Strength 2 1/2 for Clarinet Soprano or Alto Sax. 4 in a box is actually pretty good. In general, a thinner reed, say 2 or 2.5, will have a brighter tone.