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The dark tone of Frederick Hemke Tenor 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 HemkeTenor Saxophone Reeds
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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5.0

Switch from Fibrecell

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from Shreveport, LA

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

Fellow musicians urged me to try these, and I'm glad they did. Like the darker sound.

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5.0

Outstanding "Sonny Rollins" Reeds

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from Oxon Hill, Maryland

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I read a Wikipedia piece that said Sonny Rollins prefers these reeds and tried them. I can see why! They are amazingly playable! I get good control, a great boost to that old-style "breathy" sound, and my tone seems to sound more full and colorful! Though I don't quite sound "Like Sonny," (even though I'm also using his preferred Otto Link Super-tone metal mouthpiece) I seem to be channeling Dexter Gordon from time to time! Thank you WW&BW for great reeds at a great price!!!

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5.0

Hemke reeds

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from Greenbelt, MD

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I've been playing sax for four years. Have played blues harp and been a singer for almost 50 years, so i'm not new to music. I'm now using Hemke 3s on my alto with a V16 mp & metal ligature and find that the horn plays easily with rich but bright tone. I get tons of compliments on my sound. After trying many mp and reed combos I recently returned to a Meyer 5 mp, Rovner ligature and Hemke 3s on my tenor. Seems to be working well for me. Rich sound with warmth and a bit of punch. I find the reeds to be consistent and last well enough. Suggest try both a Rovner and a good metal ligature when you try out the reeds.

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4.0

Easy blowing reed

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from Hampstead, NH

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I have played these reeds for the past 10 years. I play a 3 1/3. What I really like about the is that they require minimal break in and the have a very light tip. They do not have the edge that is good for fusion jazz or Rock, but if you are looking for a reed that blends easily and can start from the softest piano notes this is a very good reed. One side comment they take very little to break in and they also tend to break down a little quick. But they play with a warm sound and are a very easy blowing reed.

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3.0

Stick to Vandoren

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from Los Angeles, California

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

Pros: Produce a nice dark sound Reasonably priced Fairly consistent Cons: Undependable. In some cases, the reeds would warp within the first several days

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1.0

useless

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from DE

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I bought a box of these, using the same strength as my usual reeds. I took one out and broke it in with the same procedure I use on all my reeds. The next day I went to continue to break it in, and it was completely warped. Not only was the tip wavier than the ocean, but the entire base of the reed was curved like a canoe. Even the others, which did not warp that drastically that quickly, all sounded stuffy and were very uncooperative in the middle register and low register.

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4.0

Good tone, but ...

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from Arlington MA

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I've been using Rico Royals for about 30 years, and I recently tried a box of Hemkes. I like my tone slightly better with the Hemke reeds, but they don't last nearly as long as my Royals, and (based on one box) they don't seem as consistent, and the difference in tone gets lost in a large concert band.

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5.0

Very Consistent

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from Rosemead, CA

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I have been playing these reeds for 20 years now. They are playable right out of the box every time. If you don't want to shave your reeds, give these a try. I've tried many brands over the years and always come back to Hempke. They don't seem to last as long as some reeds though.

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5.0

Great out of the box

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from Rosemead, CA

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Comments about Frederick Hemke Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I have been using Hemke reeds for about 15 years. I have tried many other reeds but I can't beat the consistency found with these reeds. I sometimes feel they don't last as long as I would like, but after trying every reed under the sun, I always come back to Hemke.

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