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Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds  Strength 2 Box of 5

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The 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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Frederick HemkeAlto Saxophone Reeds
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (3)

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    (2)

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88%

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    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Favorite Legit Reed

I've been on Hemkes since high school, all the way through my music degree, and still play them today. They play well right out of the box, which was a big seller for...Read complete review

I've been on Hemkes since high school, all the way through my music degree, and still play them today. They play well right out of the box, which was a big seller for me. I've known how to work on reeds for a long time, but when you're preparing for a recital, finicky reeds can be a real bummer. I rarely found myself working much on these reeds. As a result, I always recommend them to my students over Van Doren because of how easy they are to play. I have to admit, however, that Van Dorens generally last a little longer for me. In college, I would get, on average, 2.5 weeks off a 4-set of Hemke reeds with ~5 hrs playtime a day before I started to feel one or two of them weakening. A simple reed clipper can extend the lifetime of these by a week or two. That being said, 9/10 of the reeds come with a perfectly formed heart, no thicker, dark spots in the outer parts of the reed, with a silver shine around the tip of the reed when held up to a light. That's exactly what I look for. I highly recommend these easy-to-play, non-frustrating reeds.

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Unpredictible at times, but still good.

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

Great reed

By 

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

Good quality & reliable.

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5.0

Great reed.

By 

from Rochester Ny

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

It takes some time to break in the new reed but then it is great and even lasts a longer time than other reeds. Good tone quality. Will continue using them.

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5.0

Hemke Reeds are Thumbs Up!

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from Washington, NJ

Verified Buyer

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    Cons

    • Know of none.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

      Great reeds. I use them on Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bari Saxws.

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      5.0

      Hemke Saxophone Reeds

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      from San Antonio, TX

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      Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

      I discovered Hemke Reeds about twenty-five years ago. For me they work better than any others I have tried. I prefer Vandoren Reeds for clarinet, but Hemke Reeds give me better response.

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      4.0

      One of the Reeds Classical Players Should Try

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      from Las Cruces, NM

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      Pros

      • Consistent Playability
      • Easy Articulation
      • Good Across Entire Range
      • Minimal Break In Needed

      Cons

      • 3 Hemke 2 12 Vandoren
      • Tone A Bit Thin

      Best Uses

      • Ensemble Concert Band

      Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

      Overall very playable and consistent reeds with a solid low end. However I feel that I can get a richer tone from Vandoren Traditional/V12/V21 or Rico/D'Addario Classic Reserves. Results will obviously vary for others.

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      3.0

      similar to rico royals

      By 

      from NYC

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      Pros

      • A Fairly Good Read
      • Better For Classical

      Cons

      • Not Enough To The Box
      • Not Too Consistent

      Best Uses

        Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        I ordered these as a replacement to the former rico jazz select . They aren't as consistent and they don't play as freely as the selects used to do . D'Darrio decided to abandon the custom finishes they had and have lost the quality control

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        5.0

        The Best Classical Reeds Out There

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        from Tampa, Fl

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        Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        These reeds give tremendous sound, flexibility, dynamics, etc. Use this with a vandoren al3 and the optimum ligature and you're on your way, kid.

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        5.0

        PLAYING A YAMAHA YAS-52 WITH VANDOREN AL4 OPTIMUM MOUTHPIECE

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        from Phx

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        Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        mouthpiece gives great tone, but was tough in low range. This reed seems suited for strong low, yet clear easy high range too.

         
        5.0

        Responsive reeds

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        from Shreveport, LA

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        Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        Responsive throughout the range, especially at top end.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely the Best Reeds Available!

        By 

        from Minneapolis, MN

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        Comments about Frederick Hemke Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Hemke Saxophone Reeds are the perfect selection for any and all active players! When I was in 7th Grade, a friend of mine suggested I try Vandoren Reeds and, with no experience on other reeds, I believed him wholeheartedly and thought they were a great selection. About 8 months later, my private instructor saw these reeds and advised me to try out Fredrick Hemke 2 1/2. I immediately noticed the difference. Hemke's dark but inviting tone is perfect for classical, as well as jazz music. They are perfect for beginners, intermediate or advanced players, or people who just love saxophone! My private instructor feels exactly the same as I do. He's played on Hemke 3 1/2 for all of his adult life and loves the fact that they are consistent and are made with such high quality! I would definitely suggest purchasing these reeds.

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