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Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds
Vandoren ZZ tenor saxophone reeds are designed to supply what are often mutually opposing characteristics in a reed--depth of tone and immediate response. Added to this seemingly impossible solution to one of the reed musician's most enduring conundrums is the fact that ZZ reeds are free-blowing and easy to play. Impossible you say? Put the lie to this bold claim if you can. All that’s left for you to do is play to become a believer.

Vandoren's ZZ reeds feature a unique relationship between the heart of the reed, where the tone is produced, and the thickness of the tip, which is responsible for vibration. The result is a reed with extraordinary tone and immediate response that is free-blowing even in the altissimo range. The ZZ reeds accomplish this immediate response without sacrificing brightness or tone quality.

Professional saxophonists like L.A. recording artist Gary Foster, Delmark recording artist Frank Catalano, and many others have made the switch to Vandoren’s ZZ reeds for both live performances and studio recordings. According to a Vandoren reeds chart, ZZ reeds feel one-half strength less thick in comparison to Vandoren Traditional reeds, and run even in strength with JAVA reeds. For example, a Vandoren ZZ strength 3 reed would feel equivalent to a Vandoren Traditional in strength 2.5.

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"one of the best reeds on the market for jazz musicians"


by Emerson Sox - 2/16/2011 2:06:57 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active hobbyist jazz Apex, NC

This is my goto reed on Tenor and Alto, the pure tone and responsiveness gives me what I am looking for in a reed. I like a full warm tone and on my Jody Jazz Classic 7 (alto), I can push this reed while leading the sax section and soloing. On my Jody Jazz HR 7* (tenor) I get the full tone and warmth that I desire in a combo setting. I play 3s on both horns and love them.

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"Good reed, but be aware."


by John - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Pro Sax Player Jazz, Blues, R&B Nebraska
39 people out of 40 found this review helpful

These reeds speak very well and have nice projection. The only part that players should be aware of is that these reeds tend to run soft in strength like the VanDoren Java reeds. You may find that you need to order a 1/2 to full strength higher than you would with the VanDoren Traditional reeds.

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"The reed you have been looking for!!"


by Lincoln - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years Jazz Arizona
12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I have been playing alto for several years, but always loved the phat jazz sound of tenor saxes, so I bought one. I bought my tenor sax from WWBW because of their impeccable customer service and return/exchange policy. I have been searching for that reedy, buzzy sound that I love so much and had the wonderful opportunity to hear when I heard Richard Elliot in person. There are a million mouthpiece/reed combinations. Am I wrong? I think not. I came across a tenor Strathon Adjustone mouthpiece on the internet and jumped on it. I then bought some ZZ 3.5 reeds. I took a flexible fingernail file (the kind with the foam center) and used the smooth side to sand down the heart of the ZZ 3.5 to let the reed "move". I ended up with that buzzy jazz sound that everybody is looking for. My search is over!!

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"Perfect Reed for All Jazz Musicians"


by Julie McKay - 8/21/2009 8:11:36 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Jazz mainly York, ME
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The Vandoren ZZ is the ultimate reed for all jazz and works well for classical and rock alike. Although aimed at jazz it's variability exceeds expectations. However, the tonal quality and intonation created with this high class reed in jazz, puts the "cherry on top" for all types of jazz. Being a student I obviously haven't reached my full musical and/or artistic potential, however the Vandoren ZZ jazz reed brings my musicianship to a new level. Not only would I recommend this reed for accomplished musicians but I would also recommend it for aspiring saxophonists, because it doesn't demand the tightest and most refined if embouchures it works unassumingly well as somewhat of a teaching tool for starting musicians. All and all I would recommend this reed to any and all saxophonists.

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"Great Jazz Reed"


by Aaron - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High School Whatever I feel like; Jazz, Classical, etc Indiana
10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I have found these reeds to be excellant on an Otto Link Super Tone Master. They produce an entirely different sound from other "jazz" reeds like Rico Jazz Select and La Voz and really let the Link open up. It is more buzzy, but it is a good buzz and does not take over the sound, only add to it. As the other reviewer found, they do tend to run a tad soft, but I think that is part of what makes them sound different. A harder ZZ reacts and sounds more like a different type of reed, but your results may vary. Highly recomended.

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