Product: Vandoren Reeds
Average Prices for a Box of 10: $20 – $30
Average Prices for a Box of 5 (Tenor/Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet): $25 – $45
Purchasing From: Amazon.com
My Rating: 10 out of 10
It’s pretty difficult to find the perfect reed brand to use when you don’t know what you’re looking for, right? You strive to find the best reed you can, yes?
How I Found Vandoren Brand…
As a musician that plays an alto saxophone, I have stumbled through quite a few reed brands just this year.
I’ve tried around 3-5 different brands to be exact; a few freebies from the local music store and a couple that I bought from my band director. However, one brand seemed to stand out to me and I’ve stuck with it ever since; Vandoren.
My band director buys this type of reed in bulk and sells them individually to students of the band. That’s how I found out about the Vandoren brand!
I started out with strength 2 and then got myself up to strength 3. Strength 3 to 3.5 is a good place to get yourself to as far as the hardness of the reed goes. This way, the reed is not too soft, nor is it too hard.
So, Is Vandoren the … “Best”?
Vandoren has been one of the best reeds on the market for years now. The quality is quite flawless.
This brand of reed is great for any musician, whether they are new to playing a woodwind instrument or they are a qualified professional!
Don’t get me wrong, there can be a reed that has spots and discoloration to it in the box that you purchase, but that is not uncommon when purchasing reeds. From my experience, this problem is the most non-frequent with Vandoren brand.
If you’re in high school, like me, your band director probably encourages you to replace your reed every week or two. Who wants to do that when reeds are around $20 for a box of 10?!
I’ve found that when using Vandoren, you can go a month or so at a time without replacing your reed and your director doesn’t even realize it 😉
During marching band season of last year, I began experimenting with different reed brands besides Vandoren. It never failed… every time our assistant band director would tune the saxophones, he would always say something along the lines of this: “Jillian, you need to get a new reed! I can tell you’ve been playing on that one for a while…”. I’ve started using Vandoren for my alto sax and he hasn’t said anything about my reeds since then 🙂
Summing This Review Up…
Overall, Vandoren is a pretty awesome reed brand to use and, to this day, is one of the best reeds you can buy. I would recommend this reed to any woodwind instrument player, whether you are a clarinetist, saxophonist, bassoon player, etc. It’s got a fantastic quality!
I hope this review has assisted you in figuring out what your new signature reed brand will be!
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