The choice of professionals, teachers and students the world over. The Vandoren Traditional Alto Saxophone Reed is designed to produce a high quality, extremely pure sound due to a very thin reed tip (the area of reed with maximum vibration), balanced by a solid vertebral column (more cane in the area which climbs gradually to the heel). Traditionals feature the thinnest tip with the thickest heart, resulting in crisp articulation with a full, dark sound.
The Traditional Range of Alto Saxophone Reeds lists from 1 through to 5 in increments of ½ with 1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest. The variation in reed strength depends on the standard of the player. Strength 1 reeds are made thinner and therefore weaker, allowing the performer to get a note easier without squeaking, but consequently loosing sound quality and intonation. A strength 5 reed is difficult to achieve a note, but the tone and ability to stay in tune is much greater. All the reeds between these extremes work on a sliding scale based on these principals.
- Vandoren Traditional Eb Alto Sax Reeds
- Thickest Heart for Crisp Articulation
- Thin Reed Tip for Pure Sound
- Full, Dark Sound
- Traditional Reed
- Box of 10 reeds