A piece of thin cane, metal, or other material, sometimes doubled, that vibrates in a current of air to produce a sound on a musical instrument.

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Difference between different kinds and brands of reeds on the alto sax

I've been playing with traditional Vandoren reed strenght 3, and Rico Royal strengt 3,5 I want to try the Vandoren Java. What is the difference between red and green java? And is is a big ...
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the possible advantage of stronger reeds for playing clarinet and saxophone

Are stronger reads an advantage in playing a clarinet and saxophone? If so, how? I usually play with a 2 1/2 strength
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Effect of Rubbing Alcohol Upon Reeds

Apparently it is common to briefly soak reeds in rubbing alcohol to disinfect them. This could be due to sickness, reed-sharing, etc. Any thoughts on how damaging this would be to the cane?
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Why isn't there a reed aerophone with valves?

Most reed instruments instruments have keys or finger holes. Most brass instruments have valves. There are brass instruments with keys, though, like the (fairly unsuccessful) keyed bugle. I can find ...
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What is the best position for a Sax reed?

What is the best position for a Sax reed? Is it to be level with the front edge of the mouthpiece or slightly ahead or behind the front edge? By how much. Is this the same for Clarinet too? I have ...
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Adjusting clarinet or saxophone reeds

How do various techniques and equipments for adjusting reeds compare? e.g. ...
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What is the benefit of soaking double reeds in water?

My bassoon teacher advises me to soak my reed in water before playing. Apparently water has properties that my saliva alone doesn't. Why would this be useful? Also I have seen Oboe players doing ...