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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!
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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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!
These reeds are amazing! i always used Rico reeds and they where great but when i tried out these Vandoren Java Red's i felt like i entered a whole new world. The sound that these reeds make are phenomenal. From low notes to mid and high notes, the sound and tone quality you get out of these reeds are incredible. I've been playing for eight years in Jazz Band, Concert Band and even Marching Band, and these reeds by far are the best in all aspects indoor and outdoor. In any situation i was in, from chipping a reed to an old used reed, Vandoren reeds where able to back me up, the sound still came out clean and was clean enough to get me buy any trouble. I bought sizes 2 1/2 and 3, both are good but the 2 1/2 get a little raspy in the high notes. The size 3's are perfect for me, they hit the high notes and altissimo notes perfectly just how i want them, mid notes sound amazing, and low notes, lets just say they play for themselves, sound rich, fat, beautiful. I highly recommend these reeds to anyone from beginner to experienced, i give these reeds 5 stars. You won't be disappointed with these reeds, i believe Vandoren make thee best reeds ever.
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