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Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds 

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Great jazz reed.

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' 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' 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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VandorenZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

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    (1)

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    (1)

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67%

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Good reed, but be aware.

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...Read complete review

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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Stuffy reeds!

These reeds come nicely packaged and are beautifully cut and trimmed. Perfect if you do need to play on a horn. Out of 5 reeds in this box, all five were very stuffy...Read complete review

These reeds come nicely packaged and are beautifully cut and trimmed. Perfect if you do need to play on a horn. Out of 5 reeds in this box, all five were very stuffy sounding like cotton and no liveliness or core to the sound. Try another brand. I'm sending these back!

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5.0

Best reed for full tonal range.

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from Whidbey Island, WA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

      The ZZ's have risen to the top of my list of tenor reeds and I've tried many different brands. They hold their strength from practice to practice and gig to gig. They warm up quickly and maintain tonality through many hours of play.

       
      1.0

      Stuffy reeds!

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      from Phoenix AZ

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      Pros

      • Beautiful Cut And Quality
      • Nice Packaging

      Cons

      • No Liveliness
      • Very Stuffy Sounding

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        These reeds come nicely packaged and are beautifully cut and trimmed. Perfect if you do need to play on a horn. Out of 5 reeds in this box, all five were very stuffy sounding like cotton and no liveliness or core to the sound. Try another brand. I'm sending these back!

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        2.0

        Too Soft

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        from Boynton Beach, FL

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        Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        Best reed with Otto Link super tone master vintage 5 is still the Royal Rico #3 and has been for many Years. But it's all personal....

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        5.0

        Great Product

        By 

        from Riverside, CA

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        Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds is a great choice when buying reeds for any instrument. I would highly recommend them.

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        5.0

        ZZ Tenor Reeds

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        from Oxon Hill, Maryland

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        Pros

        • Great Tone
        • Similar To Java Reeds

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Blues Jazz Concert Band

          Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

          I am using ZZ and JAVA reeds on my alto for blues gigs and also in a concert wind ensemble. Nice full tone loud or soft. I use 2.5 strength which works well for me with my mp. Good articulation, too.

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          5.0

          Bright lively sound

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          from Venice Florida

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          Pros

          • Flexible Sound
          • More Consistent Than Most

          Cons

          • Nome

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Gigs

          Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

          All reeds are inherently viarable in quality and longevity, but ZZ's have been my choice for many years. I use them with a VanDoren Java T-95. I have been playing professionally for 50+ years and in that time I have tried nearly every reed made and owened numerous mouthpieces. My present combination has been my "go-to" setup for more than ten years.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ''Bright and jazzy''

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          from va

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          Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Back Again

          By 

          from CT

          Site Member

          Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

          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.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Watch out for production problems.

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          from Berkeley, CA

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          Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

          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.

           
          5.0

          one of the best reeds on the market for jazz musicians

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          from Apex, NC

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          Comments about Vandoren ZZ Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

          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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