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Sax Alley is proud to offer reeds from the following manufacturers:

Francois Louis, Vandoren, Rico, Rico Select Jazz, La Voz, Andreas Eastman, Alexander and Forestone.  We can also get other brands for you if you don't see what you need on our site.

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Alexander Classique Reeds - Alto

From Alexander's Web Site:

In 1997, after the introduction of the "Superial" and "DC", we felt another line of reeds was needed to address the specific neeeds of classical woodwind player or jazz players wanting a bit more resistance and darkness in their set up than our other models offer.

Starting with the clarinet model, we tried to conceptualize what kind of reed we could create that would provide musicians wiht a wide palette of expression, and classically grounded performance characteristics . . . those that produce a warm, dynamically balanced, sonorously beautiful tone.

While investigatging what direction of design we should pursue, we knew that there had been a reed made years ago which classical clarinetists spoke of in almost reverential tones. Although this reed never became as commercially successful as some of the more "name" brands, it hjad been in fact used buy some of the top clarinetists in the world, among them some members of the Chicago Symphony clarinet section.  To the lament of many, production ceased some years back.  

We worked on a prototype which was influenced by this reeds's design, but with certain improvements that we felt would actually make it more suitable to present day musical settings.  This same philisophy was also followed for the saxophone models, but with a somewhat different profile design we felt would bering out the best in that instrument.  We also had the advantage of using more accurate hardness testing and cutting machines so we could manufacture a much more consistent reed than the original model.  

With testing feedback from some top professional classical clarinetists and saxophonists, we arrived at the final design of this new reed line christened "Classique".  We went into production for all models and Classique is now being used not only be classical and concert performers, but any others looking for a darker tone which this reed's harder tip and heart produce.    In Classique, we believe we have achieved our goal of capturing the essence of that great traditional design, but with improvements developed to enhance dynamic response, clarity and register balance, which we feel produces a "singing" tonal quality that is definitely classical in it's conception.  It should also be noted that a growing number of jazz players seem to enjoy Classique's response these days as well.

5 reeds per box.

(All strengths are by special order only.)

Sax Alley Price: $17.50


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Alexander Superial "DC" Reeds - Tenor

After introducing Superial, Tom Alexander wanted to add another model to their line which they thought might meet the needs of players who were looking for a different style cut and tonal response.

Using the same cane, they made exhaustive tests and alterations to fabricate a reed with somewhat changed response characteristics from the original Superial, and thus the new Superial "DC" (or "Double Cut) was created.

This reed has a slightly harder tip and more wood in the heart and sides than Superial and therefore produces a more solid tonal core, enhanced projection and power, and a little darker harmonic timbre than Superial, but still one with the kind of "edge" and authority needed in soloing or lead work.

For "DC" they was thinking in terms of a tonal concept reminiscent of the saxophonists they had admired and been influenced by from the 1950's to the "Blue Note", "Miles" and "Trane", and "Wayne" eras.

They also had in mind a reed of increased power that would be particularly suitable for big band, stage band or marching reed players, as well. So in a sense, they worked on "DC" with an idea of making a reed that fit closest to the tonal palate of their own musical influences and this became the reed Tom Alexander used on Tenor most of the time.

Since its introduction in 1995, "DC" seems to be especially favored by professionals who need a lot of power and want to push the reed to the limits of its dynamic capabilities, while still retaining an even balance from top to bottom.

Strenghts from #1.5 to #4.5 available.  Right now we are only carrying the boxes of 5 reeds and are only stocking #2.5 and #3 at this time, but can special order other strengths or boxes of 10 for you as well.

I have found with these reeds, that you can't judge them by a first play.  You must continue to use them for a while as they get better with use.

Sax Alley Price: $22.30


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Alexander Superial "NY" Reeds - Baritone

After the introduction of Superial, "DC", and Classique in the 1990's, Tom Alexander began to conceive of a model which would add a new and different dimension to the tonal universe of his reeds.

This reed was born following extensive conversations and correspondence between Tom and the legendary late, great Jazz saxophone genius Michael Brecker beginning some years ago. Without Michael's gracious and invaluable feedback following  experimentation with different prototype designs, this new reed simply would not have come into existence.  It was a singular honor to have been guided by this greatly missed, phenomenal musical spirit and exceptional human being.

NY was also thoroughly field tested by subjecting it to many months of on the job playing in the concert and tour performances of several of our World Artists who gave it their seal of approval and use it as their primary reed today.

The result is a new reed made with the 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. 
The tip is somewhat harder than Superial DC which gives it a sustaining power, especially in the high end of the horn.

We welcome you to debut our new work, Alexander
N Y.

 

Only #3.5 available at this time at a VERY SPECIAL PRICE!! (Boxes of 5) 

Don't judge these reeds by the first time you play them.  I have found that they get better the more you play them. 

Sax Alley Price: $33.90


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Alexander Superial "NY" Reeds - Tenor

After the introduction of Superial, "DC", and Classique in the 1990's, Tom Alexander began to conceive of a model which would add a new and different dimension to the tonal universe of his reeds.

This reed was born following extensive conversations and correspondence between Tom and the legendary late, great Jazz saxophone genius Michael Brecker beginning some years ago. Without Michael's gracious and invaluable feedback following  experimentation with different prototype designs, this new reed simply would not have come into existence.  It was a singular honor to have been guided by this greatly missed, phenomenal musical spirit and exceptional human being.

NY was also thoroughly field tested by subjecting it to many months of on the job playing in the concert and tour performances of several of our World Artists who gave it their seal of approval and use it as their primary reed today.

The result is a new reed made with the 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. 
The tip is somewhat harder than Superial DC which gives it a sustaining power, especially in the high end of the horn.

We welcome you to debut our new work, Alexander
N Y.


Strenghts from #1.5 to #4.5 available.  Right now we are only carrying the boxes of 5 reeds and are only stocking #2.5 and #3 at this time, but can special order other strengths or boxes of 10 for you as well.


I have found with these reeds, that you can't judge them by a first play.  You must continue to use them for a while as they get better with use.

Sax Alley Price: $22.30


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Alexander Superial Reeds - Alto

In the early 1990's, after many months of intense development and testing of prototypes, the original "Alexander Superial" was put into production.

Our aim with this first model was to design a reed which produced a warm, resonant "buzz", good projection, even scale throughout the registers, and a wide dynamic range. In other words we wanted this reed to provide a tonal platform that was free blowing, capable of quick and accurate articulation, and one that gave immediate presence.

This was in line with the tonal concept of the "American" style single cut reeds, but with more developed heart and rear vamp area, one with "spring" and natural resilience needed to produce a really big sound.

We ran an extensive testing program with various professionals and we were also fortunate enough to have the valuable feedback from the renowned veteran mouthpiece maker Ralph Morgan, his excellent crew and others.

After all our testing confirmed the good results of the final prototype, we believed we had finally come up with a reed worthy of manufacture.

5 reeds per box.

(All strengths are by special order only.)

Sax Alley Price: $17.50


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Alexander Superial Reeds - Baritone

In the early 1990's, after many months of intense development and testing of prototypes, the original "Alexander Superial" was put into production.

Tom Alexanders aim with this first model was to design a reed which produced a warm, resonant "buzz", good projection, even scale throughout the registers, and a wide dynamic range. In other words he wanted this reed to provide a tonal platform that was free blowing, capable of quick and accurate articulation, and one that gave immediate presence.

This was in line with the tonal concept of the "American" style single cut reeds, but with more developed heart and rear vamp area, one with "spring" and natural resilience needed to produce a really big sound.

He ran an extensive testing program with various professionals and we were also fortunate enough to have the valuable feedback from the renowned veteran mouthpiece maker Ralph Morgan, his excellent crew and others.

After all the testing confirmed the good results of the final prototype, Tom believed he had finally come up with a reed worthy of manufacture.

 

Only #2.5 and #3.5 available at this time at a VERY SPECIAL PRICE!! (Boxes of 5 & 10) 

Don't judge these reeds by the first time you play them.  I have found that they get better the more you play them. 

Sax Alley Price: $33.90


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Alexander Superial Reeds - Tenor

In the early 1990's, after many months of intense development and testing of prototypes, the original "Alexander Superial" was put into production.


Tom Alexanders aim with this first model was to design a reed which produced a warm, resonant "buzz", good projection, even scale throughout the registers, and a wide dynamic range. In other words he wanted this reed to provide a tonal platform that was free blowing, capable of quick and accurate articulation, and one that gave immediate presence.


This was in line with the tonal concept of the "American" style single cut reeds, but with more developed heart and rear vamp area, one with "spring" and natural resilience needed to produce a really big sound.


He ran an extensive testing program with various professionals and we were also fortunate enough to have the valuable feedback from the renowned veteran mouthpiece maker Ralph Morgan, his excellent crew and others.


After all the testing confirmed the good results of the final prototype, Tom believed he had finally come up with a reed worthy of manufacture.


Strenghts from #1.5 to #4.5 available.  Right now we are only carrying the boxes of 5 reeds and are only stocking #2.5 and #3 at this time, but can special order other strengths or boxes of 10 for you as well.



I have found with these reeds, that you can't judge them by a first play.  You must continue to use them for a while as they get better with use.

Sax Alley Price: $22.30


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BARI Star Plastic Reed – Soprano Hard

Discontinued item.


Only Hard strength left.


Price per reed.

Sax Alley Price: $8.00


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D'Addario Reserve Classic Reeds - Alto

Introducing the Reserve Classic Alto Saxophone. Designed by saxophonists for saxophonists.

• Reserve Classic reeds for Alto Sax feature:
• Thicker blank for more resonant sound
• Filed cut for greater flexibility
• Only Alto Sax reed available in 3.0+ strength
• Available in strengths 2.0 to 4.5 including 3.0+
• Made exclusively from lower-internode cane, the most consistent cane available

Price per box of 10.

Regular Price: $24.20

Special Price: $23.75



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D'Addario Reserve Reeds - Alto

Reserve reeds are crafted using naturally-grown cane from D'Addario's own foreign fields.  D'Addario has pioneered the first practical and precise system to digitally measure and cut the incredibly complex geometrical patterns necessary to re-invent single reeds. Reserve reeds are cut to the tightest tolerances, offering the most consistent performance.

A thick blank reed that offers a rich, warm tone, a heavy spine that promotes dynamic flexibility and exceptional tone quality in all registers, a narrow rail slope to produce consistency of response, and a traditional tip thickness for ease of articulation.

  • A thick blank reed that offers a rich, warm tone
  • A heavy spine that promotes dynamic flexibility and exceptional tone quality in all registers
  • Ideal for the advancing student and professional
  • Expertly designed and made in the USA from naturally-grown cane from D'Addario's own foreign fields
  • Offered in boxes of ten (10) and packs of two (2) reeds
  • Available in half strengths, from 2.0 to 4.5, with a special 3.0+ strength
Sax Alley Price: $24.45


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Eastman "Esperto" Alto Reeds - Box of 10

Eastman "Esperto" Reeds are made from premium French, Var Region, cane.  Esperto Reeds begin with the thickest cane so that the blank used incorporates the best part of the cane into the most important parts of the finished reed.  Each handcrafted Esperto Reed is selected for its straight grain and consistent measurements from heel to tip. 

These reeds that are beautifully finished and consistent, in a French Style cut, at a VERY reasonable price!  Available strengths are in half sizes from #2.5 through #5.  #2.5 through #3.5 are generally in stock.

(Box of 10)

Sax Alley Price: $25.49


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Eastman "Esperto" Soprano Reeds - Box of 10

Eastman "Esperto" Reeds are made from premium French, Var Region, cane.  Esperto Reeds begin with the thickest cane so that the blank used incorporates the best part of the cane into the most important parts of the finished reed.  Each handcrafted Esperto Reed is selected for its straight grain and consistent measurements from heel to tip. 

These reeds that are beautifully finished and consistent, in a French Style cut, at a VERY reasonable price!  Available strengths are in half sizes from #2.5 through #5.  #2.5 through #3.5 are generally in stock.

(Box of 10)

Sax Alley Price: $19.99


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Eastman "Esperto" Tenor Reeds - Box of 5

Eastman "Esperto" Reeds are made from premium French, Var Region, cane.  Esperto Reeds begin with the thickest cane so that the blank used incorporates the best part of the cane into the most important parts of the finished reed.  Each handcrafted Esperto Reed is selected for its straight grain and consistent measurements from heel to tip. 

These reeds that are beautifully finished and consistent, in a French Style cut, at a VERY reasonable price!  Available strengths are half sizes from #2.5 through #5.  #2.5 through #3.5 are generally in stock.  

(These run slightly harder than the strength would indicate.  You might want to drop down 1/2 size to get the correct strength. - Box of 5)

Sax Alley Price: $19.99


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Eastman "Venuto" Alto Reeds - Box of 10

Eastman "Venuto" Reeds are made from premium French, Var Region, cane and feature excellent response in all registers and dynamics.  Each reed is precisely cut in a French Style using a long cut to achieve flexibility at the heart of the reed for a great legato and staccato articulation in all registers.

These reeds are beautifully finished and consistent at a VERY reasonable price!  Available strengths are in half sizes from #2 through #5.  #2.5 through #3.5 are generally in stock.

(Box of 10)

Sax Alley Price: $19.99


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Eastman "Venuto" Soprano Reeds - Box of 10

Eastman "Venuto" Reeds are made from premium French, Var Region, cane and feature excellent response in all registers and dynamics.  Each reed is precisely cut in a French Style using a long cut to achieve flexibility at the heart of the reed for a great legato and staccato articulation in all registers.

These reeds are beautifully finished and consistent at a VERY reasonable price!  Available strengths are in half sizes from #2 through #5.  #2.5 through #3.5 are generally in stock.

(Box of 10)

Sax Alley Price: $19.99


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