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Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone ReedsThe dark tone of Frederick Hemke Alto Sax Reeds is favored by pro players from classical and traditional jazz ensembles. Well-suited design for traditional round-chambered mouthpieces.
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These reeds are the best sounding and give you a nice dark low sound with your lower notes. They are able to be play well on right out of the box. No troubling warm up or break in technique are needed for these reeds to sound beautiful. However, I do recommend going a little bit in strengths since 3's feel like somewhere between 2.5 and 3. The best reed you find in a box of vandorens would probably be a tiny bit better then the majority of these rico reeds, but vandoren's don't might have 2 or 3 good reeds out of a box of 10 while all of these reeds here are good. GOOD BUY!
I was getting really sick of only finding 4 or 5 blue box vandorens that I like in a box of ten. That's when I tried Hemkes and I love them. They come out of the box largely ready to play and have a consistent good seal with the mouthpiece. I use a rico reed vitalizer and store my reeds in there, because otherwise the plastic reed case allows wet reeds to warp so easily. This is a great reed, I suggest it for anyone who wants a dark classical sound and an easy response.
I got it as a "sample" to try, and one day, when I ran out of my other reeds, I decided to try it. I've found that it has a shorter breaking-in period than the reeds I used to use (Vandoren); instead of taking a week to break in, this reed only takes about 2-3 days. I've also noticed that I have a darker, richer sound with this reed, as well as faster response. Usually, the whole box is pretty good, but I've purchased a couple boxes with a few bad reeds in them. For me, the only problem with this reed is that it only comes in a box of 5.
The great thing about these reeds is you don't have to break them in - they play at their full potential right out of the box! These reeds are great to have in your case for emergencies. The box is fairly consistent with good reeds. They're defiantly worth the price.
Maybe it's me, but it's been a hit-and-miss for me. Out of a box of 5, I would only find 2 or 3 good ones. The ones that don't play well are really terrible, but the ones that are great are excellent. Very responsive, allowed me to play my ideas freely. I would definitely recommend buying more than one box just to be on the safe side of not having any bad ones.
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