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Okay, got the reeds ... so, the first two reeds on top were split down the middle when I opened the box...so not a good sign at all. Went to the bottom three and soaked them. First impressions were good - reeds had a little more buzz than the DC's I normally use, and a thicker tip than the DC's...they played very well outta the box right away. I also opened a fresh tin of DC 3.5's and soaked 2 of those. They responded well, but the NY reeds played a bit more freeblowing and brighter to me. I need to spend some time with them, but was disappointed that several of them were chipped before I even got to play them. I don't think they played like V-16s, but then again it's been years since I've played them.

If you like the DCs but want a bit more buzz with a thicker tip, check these out.
 

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How edgy were they? Are we talking V16 "hard buzz" (edge) or a softer ZZ buzz?
 

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They were not a hard buzz...just a little more edge than the DC's that I'd soaked. Enough buzz that I liked it, but not so much that it really messed with the sound. I'm taking them on the road with me to Philly this weekend and we'll see how they do in a club setting. I dug them, but yeah, was sort of peeved about the top two being split down the middle before I even opened the tin. They were $20 for the tin of 5.
 

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Unless their policy has changed, you can probably send them to Alexander and get two new ones. They will stand behind their product. Of course there's the matter of postage to and from Japan, so you might want to ask about that first.
 

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I just caught this thread as my 6 month old fell asleep ( i dont dare move) . but, do you guys spend this much time on reeds??!??
Find a strength that can play straight outa the box and go and play! (if you want to change your sound then try different brands of whisky when you play..it'll make 100 times more difference)
play every reed out of the box (3rd hand from the words of mr Parker himself..!)
you'll save a fortune and your audience (assuming you're not a free player) wont notice a bit!!!
I do this for a living, and haven't got the disposable income of some of you 'city' 9 til 5 ers to waste on importing esoteric reeds,,

practice makes perfect!

(My Apologies, I dont mean to be grumpy about this, but the hype is insane, and some younger players might actually listen to all of this..):) :) :) :) :) :) :)
 

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jakethesax said:
I just caught this thread as my 6 month old fell asleep ( i dont dare move) . but, do you guys spend this much time on reeds??!??
Find a strength that can play straight outa the box and go and play! (if you want to change your sound then try different brands of whisky when you play..it'll make 100 times more difference)
play every reed out of the box (3rd hand from the words of mr Parker himself..!)
you'll save a fortune and your audience (assuming you're not a free player) wont notice a bit!!!
I do this for a living, and haven't got the disposable income of some of you 'city' 9 til 5 ers to waste on importing esoteric reeds,,

practice makes perfect!

(My Apologies, I dont mean to be grumpy about this, but the hype is insane, and some younger players might actually listen to all of this..):) :) :) :) :) :) :)
I'm no expert but I know garbage info when I see it. The reed manufacture DOES matter. I play superials because they play well for me, on my mouthpiece. 7 out of 10 are immediately playable. I bought 10 of another brand recently because I couldn't get the Alexanders, and all 10 were ENTIRELY UNPLAYABLE. Like strapping a yard stick to my mouthpiece. Same hardness. Reed type is maybe more important for my sound than mouthpiece, IMO.
 

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The reed manufacture DOES matter. Reed type is maybe more important for my sound than mouthpiece, IMO.
I agree. If I had to choose between playing:

1) The mpc of my choice and a randomly chosen reed

Vs.

2) The exact reed of my choice plus randomly assigned mpc

I'd chose option 2 always. Sure, I could play all the reeds in the box if I wanted to, but I'd have to spend more mental resources on getting the sound and response I want rather than on the music.

Furthermore, I think the sound of a good reed vs bad reed can be pretty obvious sometimes. Maybe not to the audience, but to me it certainly is.
 

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I was having a new baby no time freak when I posted on this thread before, BUT..
Yep I agree reeds do matter of course, but I have met players who'll play one reed out of the box, and it's always stumped me..(How can they afford this for a start???)
I think that one should be able to play AT LEAST 50% of the reeds out of a box, if you cant maybe theyre the wrong strength, or they might even be just rubbish, in which case find a different brand....
I did use the Alexanders for a while, and they were very good and pretty consistent..(eat humble pie I know I know..), I've since gone back to Rico Royal Blues, and theyre great for me, I use most of them from the box (with preperation) too..theyre cheaper than the Alexanders too!
My theory is that different brands will give you different strength/resistence/feel, once you can find some that suit you, (particularly with regards to strength), then most will be useable....IMHO...
 
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