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Description
An industry standard alto saxophone reed.

Vandoren Alto Saxophone Reeds
Vandoren SR21 Traditional series alto reeds are characterized by a pure sound that is a result of a very thin reed tip that is balanced by a solid vertical column. They are consistent and reliable, and are a favorite of many band and orchestra directors and even many professionals. Recognizable by the distinctive French-style file cut, they are great for all-around use, from the eager student to busy professional, from classical to jazz.

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"Very nice reeds!!!"


by Johnston Wang - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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Intermediate Jazz Do I have to tell you?
19 people out of 37 found this review helpful

If you are looking for a good box of reeds, this brand is definitely the best choice. They are good, consistent reeds that are of the highest quality. There are some bad reeds, but there are also some incredibly good reeds that you will find in a box of Vandoren reeds. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for reeds .

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"Good all-around reeds"


by Aidan - 5/30/2011 5:50:19 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Jazz, Classical San Diego

These reeds can work for just about everything: marching, concert, and jazz music. For a relatively cheap price, they are good, and I would recommend them the most to students.

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"Great Reed, overall"


by Daniel L. - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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6 years of playing A.Sax Legit, Marching, Ensemble, Jazz Los Angeles
16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Ok, I have experienced all kinds of reeds: Chinese, Ricos, Vandorens, plastics, etc. So far, I found Vandoren Traditional to be the most consistent and reliable out of most reeds. The other Vandorens are more like specialties; traditional is just for everything. I lived with this reed (brand, of course) for my entire career of sax playing, and it helped me develop a thick embouchure (I use 4's now). This reed doesn't go too well with marching bands, since it doesn't produce a loud sound if your embouchure is in sync with the thickness. However, this reed is seriously recommended, because no reed is like it.

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"The best reed for a nice dark sound"


by Melissa Bravin - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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17 years classical & jazz alto from French/ Japanese classical alto to big band Seattle, WA
13 people out of 31 found this review helpful

My dad has used the "classic" Vandorens for the past 40+ years in his classical clarinet playing, and he turned me on to the saxophone reeds when I was very young. I've tried others - Alexander Superials, Ricos, the synthetic things, the plastic-covered things...nothing equals the response I've had with Vandorens. Using a 4 on alto and tenor and 3.5 on clarinet, I achieve a distinctively dark sound that, I think, is very pleasing compared to the brassy sound a softer reed offers. Plus, the harder strength makes me work my chops, and isn't that always a good thing?

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"Hit or miss reeds"


by Barry - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
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Band Director Everything Fort Collins, Colorado
46 people out of 51 found this review helpful

When it comes to Vandoren reeds, when they are good, they play great and last a long time. When you have bad reeds, it is hard to play. Each box is very inconsistent when it comes to how many playable reeds there are in a box of 10. As a recent college saxophone graduate, I became more noticeable as to how unbalanced one reed might be. One side would be thicker than the other. In college, I learned how to adjust reeds with a reed knife and reed rush. I would suggest everyone learn this technique with Vandoren reeds. When I adjusted my reeds, I could get almost every reed in a box to play. Some reeds are still going to be hopeless. For the price, they are high quality reeds, but not all playable out of the box. I recommend these reeds to my students.

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