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On my alto I currently play on a v12 3. I'm thinking about buying a different kind of reed for a better sound.
I'm playing improvisation et caprice for my solo and ensemble and I was looking for a reed and will let the low notes out easily and the high notes to not be piercing. I know, a lot to ask.

More info on my setup: Yamaha custom z, Vandoren optimum lig and AL3 mouthpiece, and v13 - 3s


Also, any tips for shaving reeds to get more usable ones per box?

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I have almost the same setup, but I play an EX. For me it was simply a ton of work on just low notes that did it. I practiced nothing above a low E for about a week straight, but now I can get them out easily. That was using an 875 EX with an Al 3 and vandoren traditional 3's.

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I was working on the maslanka concerto 1st movement and there are 2 series on notes that run starting on low C and go down to Bb and back up so it was a ton of embouchure work and pinky work.

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I guess I'll go back to the shed for a week. Haha. Oh for the love of long tones.
 

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Yeah, it's not the most exciting time practicing 7 notes for a week, but it's definitely worth it. Ever since then it's stuck with me.

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Okay, thanks. Ill try it out.
 

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Also, any tips for shaving reeds to get more usable ones per box?

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Josh
If you would like, I have a diagram of a reed and instructions on where to adjust to maximize playability that I can send you. All I need is your email address. :)
 

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Sorry. Double post.
Danged slow internet.
 

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how about Rico Jazz Select unfiled #3H.
 

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Yep. I have a solo contest coming up. I don't need any change to my jazz setup.
 

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how about Rico Jazz Select unfiled #3H.
Hmm, I never thought to try a jazz reed for classical. This might make me sound ignorant but I'm very skeptical on Rico reeds. I've heard very bad reveiws
 

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Most of those reviews are probably going to be about the Orange box Rico's. Most of the rest of their reeds have a decent reputation.

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I would love to have that diagram
Okie dokie! It's on it's way. I have slow dial up so I have to send it in 2 parts.

As for reeds... I don't care much for Vandoren.
For my 'Old Fogie' concert band/classical alto playing I've been having really good luck with Hemke reeds.
I play an old Martin Indiana with a Rousseau 4R.
 

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Most of those reviews are probably going to be about the Orange box Rico's. Most of the rest of their reeds have a decent reputation.

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Well, I can always try them out
 

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Okie dokie! It's on it's way. I have slow dial up so I have to send it in 2 parts.

As for reeds... I don't care much for Vandoren.
For my 'Old Fogie' concert band/classical alto playing I've been having really good luck with Hemke reeds.
I play an old Martin Indiana with a Rousseau 4R.
I have a few hemke's I can try out compared with my vandoran reeds.

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Play nothing above low E for an entire week huh? Thats a really, really weird thing to do.

I have almost the same setup, but I play an EX. For me it was simply a ton of work on just low notes that did it. I practiced nothing above a low E for about a week straight, but now I can get them out easily. That was using an 875 EX with an Al 3 and vandoren traditional 3's.

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Play nothing above low E for an entire week huh? Thats a really, really weird thing to do.
Kinda hard to do if you have to play all the notes during band class or rehearsal for that upcoming competition.
But if it's only during 'long tone/warm up time' it might be 'ok' to do it.
 

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Obviously during rehearsals I couldn't stick with that routine. I just became obsessed with h how difficult the low notes were on alto and knew it had to be possible to get it down. The sections from the Maslanka are written at piano, so I had to get comfortable with them to be able to do it. I kind of obsess over a technique until I start feeling comfortable with it.

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