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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 ful...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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VandorenJava Red Alto Saxophone Reeds
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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Worth Every Penny

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...Read complete review

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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Bland.

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...Read complete review

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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4.0

They run on the hard sude

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from NYC

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Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I use these but find that the 2.5 strength I more like a conventional 3 read. If you like a 2.5 resistance you may want to try the 2 . Otherwise keep your Reed knife or sand paper handy.

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5.0

These are the new standard

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from MARYLAND

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  • Consistent

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      Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

      It the world of cane reeds, these reeds would have to be my most consistent reeds to pull from a box. I've been used Vandoren's for more than 20 years off and on. Red Boxes are the best for me.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best all around Reed I've found!

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      from Florida

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      Pros

      • Bigger Sound
      • Easier Altissimo And Over
      • Easier To Play
      • Free Blowing
      • Many Reeds Per Box Are Pl

      Cons

      • Can Soften Up Quickly
      • Use Reed Clippers

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        Using clippers after the Reeds soften will make each reed last for months if done in stages as they soften. They can get better with age and I've found I can get a "just right" firmness with slowly clipping them back

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        5.0

        In love all over again

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        from Skokie, IL

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        Although I gave a review of these reeds back in 2010, I recently returned to them a couple months ago. After returning to these reeds, I noticed that they widen my sound and give it more body. They alow me to play much louder, more precise and give me just the right amount of brilliance for my style of playing for jazz, pop, r&b, soul, funk, and hip-hop. I can truly say that I am in love with these reeds all over again.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Responsive and Powerful, with a few flaws.

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        from Seattle, WA

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        I have tried various reeds from Vandoren in the past- Traditional, ZZ, Java Green, and these reeds- And I can easily say that these are definitely some of my favorite. Compared to Java Green, they respond much quicker, and are slightly more free-blowing. However, I noticed that the lower end of the range was slightly harder to get out. The first reed that i pulled out of the box was extremely responsive- it definitely was quite powerful, but could be played on much lower dynamic levels as well. However, I noticed that the reeds varied in tone and various sound qualities such as responsiveness and brightness throughout the box, so this is something to be wary of. Your sound with these reeds can be switched to subtone very easily if intended. Altissimo was also relatively easy with these reeds- I was able reach all the way to G8 out of context, and about F7 in context paired with my Meyer 5M- note that I am not an extremely experienced player. These reeds can produce a sound that fits a jazz, rock, pop, or, with a small tip opening and a harder reed, possibly even classical setting. It can also blend nicely with a section if needed. They can produce a very soft beautiful ballad sound, all the way to the most burning and robust rock n? roll sound. In conclusion, these are definitely some of the best reeds I have ever played and would recommend them to any player, beginner to professional looking for a generally more powerful, responsive reed.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Very Disappointing

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        from indianapolis

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        These reeds are junk. They sound REALLY stuffy and dull. They are also inconsistent - the strength varies a lot from one reed to the next. A complete waste of money.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        amazing even for a beginner

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        from AL

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        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.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

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        from Seattle

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        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!!

        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Vandoren Java Red Alto Sax Reeds

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        from Desert Hot Springs

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Reed, ever.

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        from N/A

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        Comments about Vandoren Java Red Alto Saxophone Reeds:

        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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