|In the early 1990's, after many months of intense
development and testing of prototypes, the original "Alexander Superial" was
put into production.
Our aim with this first model was to design a reed which
produced a warm, resonant "buzz", good projection, even scale throughout the
registers, and a wide dynamic range. In other words we wanted this reed to
provide a tonal platform that was free blowing, capable of quick and accurate
articulation, and one that gave immediate presence.
This was in line
with the tonal concept of the "American" style single cut reeds, but with more
developed heart and rear vamp area, one with "spring" and natural resilience
needed to produce a really big sound.
We ran an extensive testing
program with various professionals and we were also fortunate enough to have
the valuable feedback from the renowned veteran mouthpiece maker Ralph Morgan,
his excellent crew and others.
After all our testing confirmed the good
results of the final prototype, we believed we had finally come up with a reed
worthy of manufacture.
The combination of a new design influenced by
traditional reed making concepts (and therefore in essence "time proven"), and
the highest grade of cane we could find, became born as the original Alexander
Superial with its yellow labeled tin.
|Alexander Superial Reeds