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Where to Get Clarinet and Saxophone Reeds

I recommend Rico Royal (strength 2 or 3) or LaVoz (strength medium) reeds.  Buy them by the box so you will always have plenty of new reeds on hand.

As students get more experienced, they may want to move up to stronger reeds (Rico Royal 3, or 4, or LaVoz medium hard)

Advanced players may find that they prefer Vandoren or Hemke reeds (3, 3, or 4).

Here is a chart I made giving current prices in December 2001.  "Yes" means that the store carries them but I wasn't able to get the price.  Prices have gone up significantly since then, but the general comparison (dramatic differences between stores) remains the same.

When buying reeds and other accessories, you want to consider 

the convenience factor of a local store,

your desire to support local businesses,

the service you get,

and the cost of local sales tax vs. shipping.

If an item is available at a local store, it may be very convenient to pick it up there.  But sometimes an item might be in stock at the larger mail-order houses, and available for shipping out the next day., whereas the local store would have to order it and wait for it to arrive.

These prices are as of December 2001! They have gone up...

Clar

Alto

Tenor

Shipping

Store / Hours

Phone

Address / Web Site

LaVoz

RicoR

Vand.

LaVoz

RicoR

Vand.

LaVoz

RicoR

Vand.

  or Tax

The Music Source

M-F 12-5
Sat 10-2

698-0444

1345 East Putnam Ave
Old Greenwich
, CT

No

Yes

Yes

21.95

Yes

24.95

Yes

Yes

Yes*

tax 6%

Greenwich Music

M-F 10-6,
Sat 10-5:30

869-3615

1200 E Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT

www.greenwichmusic.com

no

17.99

19.99

Yes

22.99

25.99

Yes

29.99

18.99*

tax 6%

Frederick Weiner Music

M-W 9-6, Th 10-7, Fri & Sat 10-5

800- 622-2675

www.weinermusic.com

9.75

9.30

12.60

14.00

13.00

16.00

17.25

16.00

11.65*

Shipping (free if ordered online or by fax)

The Woodwind

orders taken 24 hrs

800-348-5003

www.wwbw.com

9.99

9.69

12.99

13.99

13.39

16.69

17.49

16.95

11.79*

Shipping (free if over $199)

Classicwinds.com
Mon-Fri 10-5

770- 924-0559

www.classicwinds.com

12.35

no

12.35

14.60

14.50

15.99

18.20

17.75

11.55*

Shipping

International Musical Suppliers

800-762-1116

www.intlmusicalsuppliers.com

10.91

10.38

13.84

16.57

15.86

17.79

21.06

20.52

12.50*

Shipping

All are boxes of ten reeds except Vandoren tenor reeds, which are  * boxes of five reeds.

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