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Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds
Vandoren Java Red alto saxophone reeds are Vandoren's first file-cut jazz reed, Java Red reeds have more flexibility and tonal body and produce a full, rich, centered sound with phenomenal projection and extremely precise attacks. They have a thicker extremity and a more flexible pallet than Van Doren's Traditional series, and they allow greater vibration over a larger surface area with maximum elasticity. This type of vertebral column gives the musician much greater playing flexibility, as the resultant elasticity zone is very large. The Java Red will take your sound to a whole new level.

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"Best Reed, ever."

by Anonymos - 12/6/2011 7:58:39 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Jazz, Rock, Classical N/A
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I have tried many reeds in the past 4 years, including Rico, Rico Royal, Rico Reserve, Legere, Rico Jazz Selects, La Voz, Vandoren Blues, V16, ZZ Jazz, and Java green. This reed is by far the best reed i have ever tried. it gives beautiful tone, projects, and breaks in very quickly.

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"amazing even for a beginner"

by Walker - 9/11/2012 9:40:05 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Beginning Student AL

Even though I am new to the instrument I could immediately tell a difference between the Rico Royals and the Java Red reeds. They have a great rich sound. The quality even fresh out of the box is amazing.

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"Awesome reeds!"

by Nicholas Pope - 11/18/2010 12:46:46 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Jazz Orem, UT
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love these reeds! I don't think that people understand that they need to do a little bit of their own work on them to get them to where it's perfect for them to play on. Like sanding parts of the reed smooth, and even shaving a little off. You can't just take a reed strait out of its package and expect it to be perfect in every way. But I have had to do very little work on these reeds compared to other Vandoren reeds.

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"liked the sound and response (on the 2nd day)"

by naoki - 2/19/2010 11:38:58 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
performer and teacher jazz, classical, pop santa cruz, ca
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I pulled out a couple of these and play-tested them for a few minutes each. They didn't blow me away at first. I let them dry out overnight (upside down and out of the case) and tried them again the next day. They both played beautifully! I let them dry out again, put them in a reed case and played one of them on a jazz gig last night. The sound and response were both very good. I felt like the reed did everything I asked it to. I haven't A/B'ed them with a fresh "regular" JAVA yet but I might be switching over to these!

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"What can I say ?"

by TREVOR - 3/19/2011 9:17:58 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Jazz Midland, TX
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I have been looking for a quality jazz reed to use in combination with my Rico Royal Graftonite mouthpiece and Yamaha YAS 23, and all I can say is WOW! When needed, the "attack" is instantaneous, and the reed has responded excellently to everything I have demmanded of it as a jazz musician, including both tone and intonation. I will now be getting the same reeds for my soprano and tenor, using the same graftonite mouthpieces, and I look forward to their performance "debut" in the near future!

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"Worth Every Penny"

by Hosea Connie - 8/15/2010 7:51:41 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Hip-Hop South Holland, IL
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful

When I first used one of these reeds, I nearly fainted because of the rich, vibrant, and warm sound. But the one thing I don't get is why most artists say that vandoren reeds can only be used up to three times. One reed has been lasting me almost three weeks now and it still sounds incredible. There's really nothing else to say other than the fact that these reeds will really surprise you when you see how long they can really last.

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"For me, the best alto reed I've ever used!"

by Jon - 8/22/2012 10:07:40 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Professional for over 35 years, both live and studio. Jazz, R&B, Funk, Rock 'n Roll, and "Pop" Seattle
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The quest for the right reed is often-usually, in fact-a time consuming, frustrating endeavor that poses a challenge to any serious saxophonist or clarinetist. And any serious player knows that regardless of how good a horn and mouthpiece she has, how much shedding time, et cetera, it all comes down to the "plank". These days I'm playing a NY Meyer small chamber on alto that has been refaced to .088" (between an 8 and a 9) by the great Ted Klum; before I played a NYUSA small that Bob Carpenter refaced to about .080"-Bob is another master mouthpiece tech. Horn wise, I split my time between one of two King Super 20's-both old ones, and a 78k Mark VI. I have tried nearly every brand of reeds made, I think, and I have found these red-box Javas to be the ticket. Absolutely consistent, I usually get 7 or 8 out of the box that play great. Sometimes all of them will play great. Because they are so consistent, they end up being cheaper than any other reed I've used. But most importantly, for me they have the right sound. Vandoren has a vast selection of different reed models; because of their incredible consistency, whether the model is one a player likes or not, that IS how that model will play. Having played professionally for many years and having found the red box Javas to be the right alto reed for me, I can go to a gig or a session with an unopened box of them and know 5hat I will have several reeds that will do anything I need them to do. There is no price tag I can ascribe to that. Another reviewer mentioned that this particular reed is a bit stiffer than others, even of the Vandoren brand. I agree. And they are much stiffer than some brands, e.g., the Rigotti Gold that works pretty well on my .088" Meyer is the 3-1/2 light; the correct red box Java is a 2-1/2. An aside-the Rigottis are an excellent reed as well, but for me on this set up, the red box is the ticket. Another aside-in general I always recommend Vandoren products; because of their wide selection of reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures, there is almost always something they make that will work very well. Also, they are available in many places. So although I buy 98%+ of my reeds right here at WWBW, it's hearening to know that if I'm on tour and run out, I can usually find the Vandoren reed I need in any full service music store. Sorry for the extended diatribe-I hope this info helps!!

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"Great Reed but be Careful!"

by Casey O' - 5/12/2011 8:54:07 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student & Personal Enjoyment Jazz, Classical West Milford NJ

I got these for my bari sax a couple months ago and couldn't play one. I had been playing Vandoren ZZ 4's so I ordered a box of 4's, but little did I know how much more sophisticated these reeds are. I tried a lighter strength and started sounding amazing! I really like these reeds but just try a lighter strength if this is your first time stepping up from ZZ or any Rico.

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"Best reed I've tried yet!"

by Lucas Beck - 3/5/2011 6:53:55 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student, 6 years private lessons, Southeast Missouri All-District Jazz Band Jazz, Classical Perryville, MO
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

From the minute I took these out of the package, they blew me away with the ease of playing each register (low and high) and the altissimo ease as well. I played a Java Red cut alongside a Rico Reserve reed and by far, the Java Red plays much better. It's a versatile reed - it's smooth and dark enough to use for a classic concert band or symphonic band, but just enough edge to use for a jazz band without having to sacrifice tonal quality. Fantastic reeds!

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by Josh - 1/14/2010 9:31:05 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
7 years Jazz Fl
8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I was immediately shocked by the unresponsiveness of the reed. Assuming it was just a dud I then went through the box and didn't find a single reed that played well with my Otto Link STM. I then repeated this process with my Meyer, Lakey, and Vandoren Java mouthpiece to no avail. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed.

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