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D’Addario Saxophone Reed Guide

Known for the wide variety of high quality reeds, Rico by D’Addario has a reed for every type of performer. If you were curious about the qualities that make each reed different from one another, this guide can help you in making your next reed decision!

Rico by D’Addario
Rico by D’Addario reeds are unfiled and feature a thinner profile and blank. Designed for ease of response, they are ideal for students, revered by educators worldwide, and are a favorite among jazz musicians. D’Addario’s state-of-the-art machinery and reed-making process have resulted in unprecedented consistency in today’s Rico reed.

Royal by D’Addario
Royal by D’Addario reeds are filed and feature a thinner profile and blank. They are ideal for students and advancing players, and are revered by educators worldwide. Royal reeds offer ease of response and increased clarity in the sound. D’Addario’s state-of-the-art machinery and reed-making process have resulted in unprecedented consistency in today’s Royal reed.

Reserve
A premium, filed reed that offers a rich, warm tone, a heavy spine that promotes dynamic flexibility, and exceptional tone quality in all registers, a long vamp profile to produce consistency of response, and a traditional tip thickness for ease of articulation.

Grand Concert Select
Grand Concert Select reeds are filed and feature a traditional tip and thicker spine, providing a quick response. They have a traditional blank thickness, which adds more brilliance to the sound. Grand Concert Select reeds are well suited for ensemble playing.

Select Jazz Filed
Select Jazz reeds feature the thickest spine and blank of D’Addario’s jazz reeds, with a traditional tip shape. The Select Jazz cut offers great projection, focus, and a vibrant sound. They are available in both filed and unfiled models. Offered in third strengths, rather than half strengths, so players can choose the most precise strength for their individual equipment.

Select Jazz Unfiled
Select Jazz reeds feature the thickest spine and blank of D’Addario’s jazz reeds, with a traditional tip shape. The Select Jazz cut offers great projection, focus, and a vibrant sound. They are available in both filed and unfiled models. Offered in third strengths, rather than half strengths, so players can choose the most precise strength for their individual equipment.

La Voz
Similar to the Rico cut, La Voz reeds are unfiled and feature a thinner profile and blank. The La Voz strength range offers greater flexibility, and their deep, powerful tone makes them a standard among jazz musicians. Rico’s updated reed-making machinery and state-of-the-art process have made today’s La Voz reed more consistent than ever before.

Hemke
Frederick L. Hemke reeds are filed and feature a thinner tip and shorter vamp for ease of response. They are a favorite among jazz and classical players alike; they are also popular with advancing students. Rico’s updated reed-making machinery and state-of-the-art process have made today’s Hemke reed more consistent than ever before.

Plasticover
Plasticover features a brilliant, projecting tone and enables a unique voice in various musical styles, from funk to Latin jazz. This coated reed is ideal for quick instrument changes and endures extreme weather conditions. Noted for its durability, Plasticover is a perfect solution for outdoor performances.

D’Addario Clarinet Reed Guide

 

Rico by D’Addario
Rico by D’Addario reeds are unfiled and feature a thinner profile and blank. Designed for ease of response, they are ideal for students, revered by educators worldwide, and are a favorite among jazz musicians. D’Addario’s state-of-the-art machinery and reed-making process have resulted in unprecedented consistency in today’s Rico reed.

Vandoren Saxophone Reed Guide

One of the questions we frequently receive is “which reed is best for me?” Vandoren has forged a reputation as an elite maker of quality reeds for clarinet and saxophone that work right out of the box. Each type of reed is designed with a specific sound quality in mind. If you were wondering what each reed is designed for, here is a detailed description for each type of reed!


“Classical” Reeds

Traditional
This reed is designed to produce a 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.

Vandoren Clarinet Reed Guide

One of the questions we frequently we receive is “which reed is best for me?” Vandoren has forged a reputation as an elite maker of quality reeds for clarinet and saxophone that work right out of the box. Each type of reed is designed with a specific sound quality in mind. If you were wondering what each reed is designed for, here is a detailed description for each type of reed!

Traditional

The most widely played reeds in the world with a superiority proven over the years, these reeds suit all styles of music. Traditionals famous for their excellent response in all registers, allowing a pianissimo attack in even the highest notes. They are also extremely flexible, allowing the legato or staccato execution of large intervals while maintaining a richness of tone that gives body and clarity to the sound, which is a hallmark of Vandoren reeds.

Paige’s Music 2017 Year-End Sale

If you’ve been looking for a good reason to exchange your beginner instrument for a more advanced instrument, the month of May is a great time to do just that!

Through the month of May, Paige’s Music will pay the first monthly payment on ALL step-up instruments!

How do I exchange my beginning instrument for a step-up instrument?

There are 2 Convenient Options:

1. Visit Our Store
By visiting our store in Indianapolis, you can complete the exchange in a single visit. This is certainly a very efficient method, allowing you to carefully audition the instruments available.

2. Call Our Store
If visiting the store is not convenient for you, please call the store at 1.800.382.1099. Our retail staff will do their best to provide other options.

In addition to this free rental month, we have several special rebates for new Conn-Selmer and Yamaha pro-level instruments that apply not only to purchases, but also for several instruments available on our rent-to-own program. For information on the rebates available, please click here: http://news.paigesmusic.com/spring-into-savings-on-professional-level-instruments/

We highly encourage you to visit our store and audition the instruments we offer. We have several intermediate and professional options available so you can be sure to find the instrument that suits your playing needs as well as your budget. What makes intermediate and professional instruments different? Check out our blog on http://news.paigesmusic.com/student-vs-intermediate-vs-pro-which-option-is-best-for-me/

If you have any questions about what we offer as well as what qualifies for a rebate, please contact us at 1.800.382.1099 or sales@paigesmusic.com

Spring Into Savings on Professional-Level Instruments

 

If you’ve been waiting to graduate to a professional-level instrument, now is a great time! From April 1 through June 30, 2017, most of our professional-level instruments will qualify for a rebate!


graduate-to-yamaha-paiges-musicYamaha is offering a $100 rebate for the rental or purchase of a new professional-level instrument (600-level or above, 500-level or above for flutes). We currently carry flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, and euphoniums that are available for rent AND qualify for this special rebate!


Conn-Selmer is offering a $100 rebate on all new professional American-made trumpets, cornets, flugelhorns, trombones, or French horn from C.G. Conn. Vincent Bach, King, and Holton. Many of these instruments are available on our rent-to-own program!

If you have any questions, please call your sales associate at 1.800.382.1099 or email us at sales@paigesmusic.com.

Student vs. Intermediate vs. Pro – Which Option Is Best For Me?

At Paige’s Music, we carry many instrument options. Most instruments fall under a broad category of “student”, “intermediate”, or “professional”.
Student-level instruments designed to be easy to play and easy to hold in the hands of beginning students. Student-level instruments are generally very budget friendly as it is difficult to have clear goals or commitment when your student is just beginning their music education.
Intermediate instruments provide a stepping-stone between student and professional-instruments. Intermediate instruments generally bring several features and design cues from professional instruments down to a more affordable level.
Professional instruments have the highest quality sound and ultimate-expressiveness, the two features essential to professional performance. These instruments are designed to be the very best instrument they can be and are constructed with the highest quality materials and the highest-level artisanship by the most experienced craftsman. These instruments often have advanced features that are only available at the professional level.

Make Sound Your #1 Priority During Practice

Instrumental practice often consists of the classic combination of long tones, scales, and etudes. While this combination of exercises is “classic” for a reason, there is one glaring omission: sound. Sound is the most important of playing no matter if you are a beginning 6th grader or a seasoned professional in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

If you are playing a scale at a very fast tempo, the number of notes passing is irrelevant in each note has poor sound quality. If you are hitting very high notes on your instrument and they don’t sound good, they don’t count for much. If you are playing in an ensemble and you are “in tune” but have a poor sound quality….you get the idea.