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I called Sam Ash in Hollywood last weekend about Java Red box 2 1/2's for tenor.

They only had 3's.

Called today and they had one box of 2 1/2's left.

So I asked why no one told me about that box last weekend.

I was told a shipment came in since then but a guy came in and bought them up.

Are you ready for this?

I was told this a year ago that a guy comes in when they get a new shipment and buys all the 2's and 2 1/2's and ships them to Mexico and they sell them for $40 a box.

Jive third world city. I'm really beginning to hate what's happening here.

To compound the issue I think he's going to all the stores.

You would think they would stock more for non reed dealers.

If they did it would be like the speed of light. The faster you go it increases with you.

The more they stock the more this guy will buy.

I heard he buys 800 boxes at a time.

Now that number seems high but he could sell those in Mexico City alone when I think about it.

And don't come on here and say he can't be buying 800 boxes.

I'm telling you all their stores are out of them at the same time.

Now I can get them around the corner from there at Manny's for $25 to $30 a box with tax.

At Sam Ash they're $17.99 plus tax.

They're holding a box for me which I'll pick up tomorrow.

What is the world coming to?
 

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Dang, If that doesn't just rot your socks.

I wonder what this 'guy' is getting for them in Mexico City.
 

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I called Sam Ash in Hollywood last weekend about Java Red box 2 1/2's for tenor.

They only had 3's.

Called today and they had one box of 2 1/2's left.

So I asked why no one told me about that box last weekend.

I was told a shipment came in since then but a guy came in and bought them up.

Are you ready for this?

I was told this a year ago that a guy comes in when they get a new shipment and buys all the 2's and 2 1/2's and ships them to Mexico and they sell them for $40 a box.

Jive third world city. I'm really beginning to hate what's happening here.

To compound the issue I think he's going to all the stores.

You would think they would stock more for non reed dealers.

If they did it would be like the speed of light. The faster you go it increases with you.

The more they stock the more this guy will buy.

I heard he buys 800 boxes at a time.

Now that number seems high but he could sell those in Mexico City alone when I think about it.

And don't come on here and say he can't be buying 800 boxes.

I'm telling you all their stores are out of them at the same time.

Now I can get them around the corner from there at Manny's for $25 to $30 a box with tax.

At Sam Ash they're $17.99 plus tax.

They're holding a box for me which I'll pick up tomorrow.

What is the world coming to?
Why don't you just mail order your reeds?

www.weinermusic.com
www.usareeds.com
www.muncywinds.com
www.wwbw.com
www.musiciansfriend.com

All of these sites have great customer service, in my experience.

BTW, Musician's Friend has free shipping with no minimum order!!! :) Also, they ship lightning fast.
 

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I wasn't aware that saxophone was so popular in Mexico. Are you sure he didn't say 800 Mexicans in LA are coming in and buying 1 box each?
 

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Does't sound right. They do have the internet in Mexico. You can buy reeds from a different country and have them sent. Why would they pay over the odds?
 

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Why don't you just mail order your reeds?

www.weinermusic.com
www.usareeds.com
www.muncywinds.com
www.wwbw.com
www.musiciansfriend.com

All of these sites have great customer service, in my experience.

BTW, Musician's Friend has free shipping with no minimum order!!! :) Also, they ship lightning fast.
I like to support brick and mortar stores. I try to support "Stein on Vine" and "Manny's" but their prices are so high.

Everybody and I mean everybody has been to "Stein's". Charlie Parker, Coltrane Stan Getz etc.

There's always a bass player hanging out like John Clayton or John Heard.

Al Mckibbon used to hang out. His bass was made in the 17th century by the way.

You never know who you'll run into.
 

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I called Sam Ash in Hollywood last weekend about Java Red box 2 1/2's for tenor.

They only had 3's.

Called today and they had one box of 2 1/2's left.

So I asked why no one told me about that box last weekend.

I was told a shipment came in since then but a guy came in and bought them up.

Are you ready for this?

I was told this a year ago that a guy comes in when they get a new shipment and buys all the 2's and 2 1/2's and ships them to Mexico and they sell them for $40 a box.

Jive third world city. I'm really beginning to hate what's happening here.

To compound the issue I think he's going to all the stores.

You would think they would stock more for non reed dealers.

If they did it would be like the speed of light. The faster you go it increases with you.

The more they stock the more this guy will buy.

I heard he buys 800 boxes at a time.

Now that number seems high but he could sell those in Mexico City alone when I think about it.

And don't come on here and say he can't be buying 800 boxes.

I'm telling you all their stores are out of them at the same time.

Now I can get them around the corner from there at Manny's for $25 to $30 a box with tax.

At Sam Ash they're $17.99 plus tax.

They're holding a box for me which I'll pick up tomorrow.

What is the world coming to?
that isn't legal......
 

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I like to support brick and mortar stores. I try to support "Stein on Vine" and "Manny's" but their prices are so high.

Everybody and I mean everybody has been to "Stein's". Charlie Parker, Coltrane Stan Getz etc.

There's always a bass player hanging out like John Clayton or John Heard.

Al Mckibbon used to hang out. His bass was made in the 17th century by the way.

You never know who you'll run into.
Weiner Music and Muncy Winds are "brick and mortar."
 

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that isn't legal......
Hi SaxTMan. I just left the store and now I've got it straight.

The guy at Sam Ash says different families come in and buy 70 boxes of reeds at a time. Maybe 10 different groups.

They buy them right off the shelf and pay retail.

They all are Mexican and they ship them there for Mariachi bands

Also a lady and her daughter are connected with a school and they're supplying the school.

At $40 a box or maybe more since reeds went up.

Reed runners. What is the world coming to?

So I asked the guy why they don't keep any for us poor American peons.

He said you gotta call and reserve them when they come in.

The one box I got was reserved for him but he didn't pick them up in time.

Also the reeds went up to $23 out the door with the CA. sales tax.

So I imagine they're charging more for them there now.

I looked at Saxplus. They are $19 a box a $3 first class. $6.88 proirity insured.

So it's not worth it to get them from the internet.

Such is life in El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula (Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula) or El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles or L.A. to you out of towners.

They can't even agree on what the name of this place is.

Which is interesting because Los Angeles is one of only U.S. major cities founded by settlers who were predominantly of African descent...
 

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When buying reeds is illegal, only criminals will play the saxophone.
it's not my problem if you only can see the superficial things............
but now that equake explained things this is not illegal, but could be. Like reselling tabaco could be... see?..
 

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Hi SaxTMan. I just left the store and now I've got it straight.

The guy at Sam Ash says different families come in and buy 70 boxes of reeds at a time. Maybe 10 different groups.

They buy them right off the shelf and pay retail.

They all are Mexican and they ship them there for Mariachi bands

Also a lady and her daughter are connected with a school and they're supplying the school.

At $40 a box or maybe more since reeds went up.

Reed runners. What is the world coming to?

So I asked the guy why they don't keep any for us poor American peons.

He said you gotta call and reserve them when they come in.

The one box I got was reserved for him but he didn't pick them up in time.

Also the reeds went up to $23 out the door with the CA. sales tax.

So I imagine they're charging more for them there now.

I looked at Saxplus. They are $19 a box a $3 first class. $6.88 proirity insured.

So it's not worth it to get them from the internet.

Such is life in El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula (Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula) or El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles or L.A. to you out of towners.

They can't even agree on what the name of this place is.

Which is interesting because Los Angeles is one of only U.S. major cities founded by settlers who were predominantly of African descent...
there's nothing more to do... you should start your one reed company, it should have some french name. It will sell like crazy :lick:
 

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I spend about 4-6 weeks in Mexico a year. I've yet to see a Mariachi band using a sax. 3-6 guitars and 1-3 trumpets but they are mostly small strolling groups with guitars and maybe a trumpet or two. Occasionally, I see a violinist. I'm not saying it's not so - just that I haven't seen it. There are some fantastic Latin Jazz bands in mexico however that have some scary good sax players.

I understand your desire to support the brick and mortar stores and share that belief up to the point where it hinders me from accomplishing something. I usually go in with the best web prices already dialed up on my smart phone and ask them to beat or match it. Sam Ash probably would be just as happy (if not more so) for your web order though. It costs them less to process it. Of course, sometimes it's just fun to go in and play all their stuff.
 

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I spend about 4-6 weeks in Mexico a year. I've yet to see a Mariachi band using a sax. 3-6 guitars and 1-3 trumpets but they are mostly small strolling groups with guitars and maybe a trumpet or two.
Maybe they use the reeds on the trumpets. That's probably why they sound funny with a crazy vibrato most of the times...
 

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I buy 4 boxes of reeds at a time from Roberto's. The cost is $180 shipped to my door.
If I walk out my door and go to the local shop it will cost me $320.
Thats the markup on reeds in Australia - which isnt quite Mexico
 
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