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Hello, I found on Alexander reeds website the announcement of a new reed model: Alexander NY.

A brief description from website
"....a new reed made with our same high grade S. France cane, yet a redesigned tip and profile which produces a big and bold sound, full response throughout the registers and the type of vibrant, solid tone traditionally associated with that of the New York music scene."

I would like to know if anyone tested it and ....I'm curious about the test evaluation.

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Does anyone know if any of the stores carry these yet? I'm interested in trying them, but none of the mailorder stores list them on their sites yet.
 

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I sense a marketing-major MBA candidate at work here. Still, no reason not to try some; but the hype . . . THE HYPE!! DAVE
 

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It's been my experience that Alexander reeds are as good as Tom Alexander describes them to be. When the new cut is available I'll give them a try just to see what they are about.

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Dave Dolson said:
I sense a marketing-major MBA candidate at work here. Still, no reason not to try some; but the hype . . . THE HYPE!! DAVE

I think this person has always been behind things. What is "The blue-note sound"? Hype. I mean, the reeds are good, but you don't have to make up terms to describe them.
 

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Would you care to elaborate? Have you tried them, are they the pretty much the same as DCs, or how are they different different? Are they dull, bright, harder, softer? Do you like other Alexander reeds?
 

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I've never been able to get an Alexander to really work for me...I always chirped on the reeds...I think the cut on those reeds is a double-edged sword because it rides the line--the way they cut the tip makes for a very very responsive reed but many of the reeds are over the line and thus chirp...I know I'm not the only one who had issues with chirping Alexanders...

So, with the new thicker tipped NY model reeds(V16 copy) I think Alexander could have a reed that plays nicely...but so does Vandoren, Rico, Gonzalez and Ishimori--

As it goes, they'd be worth a try...

Good luck...
 

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You'll drive yourself crazy if you want to try every new reed that comes out.
 

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I just hope they're not spreading themselves too thin. After very favorable initial impressions, two out of the next four boxes of Superials I picked up yielded mostly unplayable reeds for me. Should that continue, I'm off to another brand.
 

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I've had all the good and bad experiences with them. The yellow box reeds chirped when I first tried them and still do to this day. I found the DCs performed more as I had expected, no chirps and a couple of good boxes followed by a real stinker with only 3 really playable reeds, the rest were a mix of too soft or too hard and a split one. I've played more since that sad experience and these days see them as more reliable than most but certainly nowhere near the claims made for them and I like, or I've grown accustomed to their sound and strength rating. They don't seem to last significantly longer than others but they do ok. There are alternatives that cost a lot less and I won't be dashing out to spend a small fortune on them unless and until we start getting some glowing reports.

I've often thought that they could do with a bit more depth, which is what makes the NY version interesting, but this depends upon what else changes as a result. Nice box though.
 

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Grumps said:
I just hope they're not spreading themselves too thin. After very favorable initial impressions, two out of the next four boxes of Superials I picked up yielded mostly unplayable reeds for me. Should that continue, I'm off to another brand.
I've had this problem recently as well. I'm pretty disappointed -I liked the Superials. I've moved on to Robertos(Rigotti)reeds. they're not really like Superials but so far (2 boxes-tenor)they're good. I just also opened an old box of 3.5 Vand. Javas that I've had for awhile-4 of the five were very good with minimal tweaking, surprisingly enough.
 

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sopranosaxman said:
Does anyone know if any of the stores carry these yet? I'm interested in trying them, but none of the mailorder stores list them on their sites yet.
Anyone have an answer to this? i can't find them for sale anywhere either...
 

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saxjazz42 said:
Anyone have an answer to this? i can't find them for sale anywhere either...
From an e-mail when I asked what are they like compared to superials and when/where can you buy them...

Alexander Intl. said:
The reason you can't find "NY" reeds yet is that they are brand new...we are just
making our first stock order for them this coming week and they will probably
reach our wholesaler in about 2-3 weeks. If you want to get your hands on some,
please get in touch with US Band & Orch Inc. (their contact info can be found here
at "US Distributors") and ask them where they are shipping to. We think Saxquest
may have them soon, as well.

NY has a stronger tip than Superial and a different vamp design which gives
it more projection and an enhanced upper register.
:)
 

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thanks countspatula- i'll keep an eye on saxquest. peace- mike
 

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I ordered a couple tins from Mark on Friday and should have them by Tuesday or Wednesday - I'll keep you all posted.
 

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I played the Alexander NY's. They are basically between a DC and the yellow tin superials. (as far as tone) To me the DC's are the darkest and the superials are the brightest. (NY is in the middle) They are very good reeds, I guess it just depends what you are after.
 
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