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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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"Excellent Reeds"

by Anthony - 9/13/2009 10:58:59 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student/ Active Jazz/ Gospel/ Contemperary Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

These reeds offer a nice projected sound without the sound being distorted. They sound rich in the low register of the tenor say and really sing in the upper. The only complaint that I have is that they get soft rather quickly. I play size 3 zz's on an Otto Link 7* metal mouthpiece with a Francois Louis ultimate ligature. The sound is nice.

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"''Bright and jazzy''"

by Caleb - 1/22/2014 5:31:05 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
active jazz and symphonic va

i opened these reads and found them to be quite responsive, with a clear and warm tone, considering if you are a hard blower, they last about a good month or two if taken care of. i would recommend using this reed with a metal or any jazz mouthpiece. playing with a standard classical mouthpiece it doesn't give its full full sound, however it is brighter than a Vandoren traditional reed. i use a strength of with a one screw ligature. i recommend this product to jazz and pop players.

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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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"Good overall reed"

by Logan Swartz - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
9 years Jazz San Jose
14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

I ordered a box of these awhile back and was surprised as to the quality. I had to chuck about 2 out but the others held up rather nicely. Right now I?m playing on a Mark VI, and it screams with these. Have a decent life span, highly recommended.

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"Watch out for production problems."

by Tristan Juricek - 11/6/2011 7:57:59 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist Jazz Berkeley, CA
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I bought a box of 5 3.5 strength reeds, and not one of them was acceptable. After playing a few, I couldn't really get the sound to resonate. I started to look at the reed itself, and noticed major differences in the cut. One edge of the reed would be nearly twice the depth of the other, etc. All of the reeds in the box were easily spottable as misshaped. Playing them resulted in a reed that just didn't respond. This is not the Vandoren quality I used to know. When I purchase a box, I want at least a couple to be playable. This was a major disappointment.

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"Perfect for hard blowers"

by Michael Carroll - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Pro, 30yrs. Fusion, Jazz, Horn Sections Las Vegas, NV
10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

You've got to get these reeds. They produce a dry, hard, powerful, punching sound characteristic and sustain altissimo with ease. I play Guardalas on all horns and put a #3 on my Brecker II in the studio to hear what this reed really sounded like...WOW, the sound is signature hard bop and is perfect for hard blowing, horn section/funk work. I was playing RRJS for there consistency and was suffering quality. The ZZ's are as consistent and are not flat or fuzzy like the RRJS''ll love em'

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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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"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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"Back Again"

by Mike Green - 7/23/2012 4:29:36 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Pro but new to sax and doubling Classical, Shows, Swing CT
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I'm an experienced musician but new to tenor. I'm currently playing a Meyer 6 HR mouthpiece and have tried many reeds. I use plasticover reeds in the pit because tenor has to sit for over a half hour and I don't have time to worry about wetting a reed. As for cane (wood) reeds the ZZ 3's are the only reeds that I am ordering again. They sound great and cover the entire range very well.

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"Outstanding Performance with an edge!"

by Wes - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Rock, Jazz US
2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

After playing on Rico Jazz selects, I've found the new ZZ reeds to be my new reed of choice. Response is excellent. They also consistently project a fat tone with high performance.

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