After the introduction of Superial, "DC", and
Classique in the 1990's, we began to conceive of a model which would add a new
and different dimension to the tonal universe of our reeds.
was born following extensive conversations and correspondence between Tom
Alexander and the legendary late, great Jazz saxophone genius Michael Brecker
beginning some years ago. Without Michael's gracious and invaluable feedback
following experimentation with different prototype designs, this new reed
simply would not have come into existence.
NY was also thoroughly
field tested by subjecting it to many months of on the job playing in the
concert and tour performances of several of our World Artists who gave it their
seal of approval and use it as their primary reed today.
The result is
a new reed made with our same high grade S. France cane, yet a redesigned tip
and profile which produces a big and bold sound, full response throughout the
registers and the type of vibrant, solid tone traditionally associated with
that of the New York music scene. The tip is somewhat harder than DC which
gives it a sustaining power, especiially in the high end of the horn. Some
players prefer NY a half step softer than DC or Superial (i.e. DC 3-NY 2 1/2),
others like the extra hardness as it is." Actually, NY isn't a whole half step
softer than Superial but more like from a 1/4-1/2 step harder as some players
|Alexander Superial NY Reeds
Artists on NY
|Joe Lovano: "Just like New York
City, the Alexander NY cut reeds are a cut above and give me the flexibility I
need to be as expressive as possible in all ranges of my horn and musical
| Branford Marsalis: "The Alexander NY
gives me the resistance that I often find lacking in other tenor saxophone
reeds. The cane is more consistent, and the attention to tip strength is a
plus, as well. I have been and will be using the Alexander Reeds for Years to
| Joshua Redman: "These Alexander NYs
seem to have it all: power and warmth, definition and flexibility, consistency
and longevity. They're some of the best reeds I've ever tried."
Seamus Blake: "The new NY's have the best tone
and feel in a reed that i have been able to find. They are not too dark and not
too bright and have a perfect resistance. They are easy to play from the lowest
notes to the highest altissimo. In my opinion they are the most balanced
"singing" reeds on the market today."
Harry Sokal: "When Tom Alexander told me about
the new Alexander N.Y. Cut for Tenor I first was skeptical about getting better
reeds than Superial or the D.C. Cut. After finding the right strength for me I
became addicted and could not get away from the new Alexander N.Y. cut. It is
unbelievable how good the response is, how easy they play and yet still
maintain their strength and durability! This new reed has definitely developed
my playing to a new level! Almost every reed is the right one for me - hard to
make a selection between different reeds out of a box because all play great!.
All the reeds of a box are so well selected - same strength - same
characteristics: Low End - Top End - Resonance - Intonation - cane quality
....power....and after breaking in?- I cant find words!