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  1. Alto mpc
    Hey guys, I'm currently going into junior year of high school and I've been selected to be the lead alto in the jazz band and the 1st alto in wind ensemble. I'm using the Yamaha 4C that came with my YAS-52 and I've been using this mouthpiece for about 3 years now. Now I'm looking for an upgrade...
  2. Reeds
    I’ve come across several posts where people rave about the response of old Rico brown box reeds or V-cuts. One of the reasons I’m curious is that I know Paul Desmond played on them, strength 3-3 1/2. I’m not trying to sound exactly like him or anything, but I’m certainly curious how the reeds he...
  3. Reeds
    Hi all, I'm a huge fan of the lighter blue box of Rigotti Gold bari reeds, but they don't seem to be available anywhere for the past 2 years. Just to clarify, I mean the filed ones without "Jazz" on the box as in this image (they are indeed filed, contrary to the box art) Does anyone know if...
  4. Reeds
    Let's say, hypothetically, someone soaked their reeds for a little too long when they were first breaking them in, and that their reeds sounded pretty DOA the next day since they were somewhat waterlogged. Is it possible to salvage these reeds, or would the act of drying them out all the way...
  5. Bb Tenor
    Recently I bought what at first I thought to be the holy grail of reeds... It was a box of (5) Vandoren Java Red 2.5s, and first thing I did was test the box to see which ones were good and which ones were not etc... To my shock it seemed the entire box played good...like not one reed did I...
  6. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    I'm a beginner. Many years ago I had a Jupiter alto but only took to it for a little while before moving on to a wind synth. Then, not quite two months ago, during this (four month isolated) pandemic I bought a TON of cheap saxes on Amazon. Two altos, two sopranos, and a tenor. They are all...
  7. Reeds
    Well, after extensive experimentation I am settled on alto Rigotti Gold Jazz 2.5 Strong as my current reed of choice. To get here, from Java Red 2.5s which I decided were a bit too dark, I bought complete boxes of different brands and strengths: unopened Rigotti Gold Jazz 2.5 Medium, Java Green...
  8. Reeds
    Heads-up, Musician's Friend new policy (for around a month, apparently) is not to accept any return of reeds--even if box is still factory-sealed in cellophane. I know I have returned unopened boxes in the past, perhaps with a supervisor over-ride. But no longer. So, I have a brand new box of...
  9. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I'm lead alto for my highschool big band, and one of our songs is an "ECM" type Pat Metheny ballad featuring myself (called True North). On some of the parts specifically the more powerful lyrical parts of the melody, getting a buzzy almost harsh sound on them would be nice. Sort of like the...
  10. Reeds
    A few students recently popped up with the Riyin brand reed and quite frankly it scares me a little. It plays bright and sharp initially, but I don't know how long it will last or whether the quality is consistent. What makes me a little nervous is the black paint(?) on it. I don't see the...
  11. Reeds
    After playing cane reeds since I started playing Alto Sax in 5th grade, I purchased a synthetic reed for the first time earlier this year. Bought a Legere Studio Cut. I have used it almost exclusively since I purchased it in the early summer. Lately it has been smelling a little funky. Does...
  12. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    hi, Using an older/used reed produces more hissing. However, a thought occured to me: isn't it a good exercise to use an old reed rather than a good one, to be able to produce a good sound without hissing and having a better embouchure? Seems to me that it would enforce proper embouchure; sort...
  13. Bb Soprano
    I have been looking for a certain sound from a reed but wanted advice first. I'm looking for a velvety kind of breathy warm sound. As I'm writing this I realize I should see what the best mouthpiece is for the job too. Right now I'm on a Yamaha 4c (what came with my Yamaha intermediate sop) and...
  14. Reeds
    The title really says it all. I was curious to know how many gig-quality reeds the users here get out of a box so that I can manage my own expectations a little. For me with Java Green 2.5s on a Morgan 5m (tenor) I'd say I generally get on average three out of five that I would play on a gig...
  15. Reeds
    Does anybody here have experience with the Forestone White Bamboo reeds? I could only find one review on this forum from a classical player. It seems that he had a positive experience with those reeds. I am looking for sound clips if possible. I am currently using Legere Signature and Forestone...
  16. Reeds
    I have a Jody Jazz Jet mouthpiece which sounds amazing. But any reed I use becomes almost unplayable after the first playing, no matter how long I played it. I use Vandoren ZZ reeds, but I've tried others and had the same problem. What can be the reason?
  17. Reeds
    I noticed in a box of Alexander Superial alto reeds 4 out of 5 reed tip corners looked pretty fragile and brighter colour, almost like it's warped or dying, after a few times of playing just for few minutes in the breakin period. I keep them soaked in a sealed container with water alcohol...
  18. Reeds
    Hi folks, I was about to pitch two tenor reeds but thought maybe someone would like to try them. They may have more life in them- they still play OK, just feel a bit too soft for me now. They're Fibracell 4 which is a ~2.5 cane. At this stage of their life, they play more like a 2.25. Let me...
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