Hey guys, I want to try different reed brands and saw that Hemke was a pretty popular one so I'd like to get some opinions on those. I play alto. Thanks.
Like B Flat I also find the sound with Hemkes to be darker in contrast to Vandoren V16s and ZZs.I used to use them quite a bit on Baritone and still do at times.
For me they are a slightly darker playing reed without the stiffness of other darker type reeds.
In some ways similar to Rico Royals I find.
I mainly used them to tone down a higher baffled piece I was using at that time.
Agreed, especially on soprano sax!I've found them much more consistent from reed to reed than RJS or Vandorens. While there's still some I wouldn't use as a performance reed, I don't think I've ever had a flat-out BAD reed from a box of Hemkes. Everything has been at least playable as a practice reed.