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Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds

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The V21 saxophone reeds provides players with a beautifully dark, focused sound with an easy but full-bodied response in all registers, including alt...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hybrid reed design.

The V21 saxophone reeds provides players with a beautifully dark, focused sound with an easy but full-bodied response in all registers, including altissimo. This makes it the perfect reed for classical saxophonists and band students searching for added depth and warmth in their sound without sacrificing reed response. For musicians searching for something darker than Traditional reeds but with an easier response than V12’s, the V21 could be the reed you’ve been looking for. V21 is the perfect reed for performances that require the ability to handle large interval leaps efficiently with an even and rich tone. Select strength from the drop-down menu.


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VandorenV21 Alto Saxophone Reeds
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Great new premium classical reed!

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from Illinois

About Me Professional Musician

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Great Response
  • Improves Sound
  • Warm Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Classical Saxophone
    • Concert Band
    • Concerts
    • Marching Band
    • Practicing
    • Wind Ensemble

    Comments about Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    I'm a professional saxophonist and private teacher for middle school, high school and even some college aged students. Personally, I've always used Vandoren Traditional reeds for my classical playing because of their responsiveness, flexibility, vibrant sound with great articulation. But I have to say, Vandoren's new V21 reeds have blown me away. V21s give me a similar response and flexibility as Traditional reeds, but with a slightly darker and more focused sound which is PERFECT for many classical players or students in a concert band or wind ensemble. I find them to play extremely smooth and evenly throughout all ranges, and they make altissimo an absolute breeze which is great for more modern repertoire. My students have seen similar results and they've been especially helpful for those with a naturally brighter or edgier sound. They even seem to be more consistent right out of the box which is always a plus.

    Strength-wise they line up very well with Traditional reeds, and are a little softer (easier to play) and more focused than V12 reeds. long story short, they've now become my first choice for classical playing and my top recommendation for more advanced students. If you haven't tried these reeds, you're missing out!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Stuffy? Chirpy? Stick to the other Vandorens

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    from Massachusetts

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • rigid
    • Stuffy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

      Overall stuffy reeds that have a hard time resonating. Kept adjusting to try and meet the reeds personality but was left with the question, "why would anyone want these anyway?"

      They seem to deliver no pro's over the V12 reed (the style I currently play) or the Blue Box Trad (still a great reed).

      When I went back the to V12s I could play richer, darker, vibrant and resonant with flexibility and soft articulation. With these 21's I was struggling to get any tone other than a dullness. When it came to articulations they would chirp consistently.

      There's always an allure to a new reed style, but sadly this missed the mark. If you're really itching, maybe try a couple singles first from a local music shop before buying a whole box? I mean they are a few dollars more after all!

       
      5.0

      Love these Reeds!!!

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      from Oklahoma City,OK

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      Pros

      • Love V21 Reeds

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

          When buying the V21 Reeds for my set up on clarinet was the best choice I made 90% of the reeds were all good no need to shape them. I just recently bought myself a alto saxophone and I figured since the reeds were great on clarinet they would be great for saxophone and they are so amazing I love Vandoren products they really make their products with the artists in mind thank you Vandoren.

           
          5.0

          My New Favorite!

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          from Huntington Beach

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          Comments about Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

          I've been loyal to V16s because of the dark sound they provide me, but the V21s give me an even darker and fuller sound! Also, straight out of the box, this was the FIRST time that I had almost every reed play perfectly out of the box. There was just one that was a little hard for my tastes, but that was easily fixable. As far as lifespan, I did not encounter a short one like one review stated.

          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A great reed with one major flaw

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          from College Grove

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          Comments about Vandoren V21 Alto Saxophone Reeds:

          My first impression of the reed was that it played remarkably different than other reeds, resulting in a very even and full tone. Frankly I fell in love with them. But their major flaw is that they die extremely quickly. After roughly five days of 1.5-2 hour practices, they tend to lose their initial response and full tone, giving way to some buzz and airiness. If this could be fixed, I would definitely give a five star review, but their short life span is seriously crippling. I really hope this gets fixed!

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