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THE UNIVERSAL REED:
This reed is designed to produce a quality of extremely pure sound due to : a very thin reed tip (the area of reed with maximum vibration), being balanced by a solid vertebral column (more cane in the area which climbs gradually to the heel). These reeds are recognizable by a straight line to delineate the limit of the area of bark. The favorite reed of classic saxophonists worldwide since Marcel MULE, it has always been (and is still) used with equal success by many players.
Two legendary examples:
I'm using [..] a Vandoren two reed* [..] I had been using a plastic medium reed for the past 5 or 6 years but just recently switched to the cane. Right now, I'm using a soft setup which gives me the flexibility I can't get in a harder setup.
- Saxophone Journal, Spring 1985
*For alto; for the soprano sax, Lee Konitz uses a Vandoren #3 reed (both with V5 mouthpieces).
Stan Getz:I don't like a reed sound. I have to work hard to get my sound because I use a harder reed (med-hard Vandoren)*. People think I play effortlessly.
- Saxophone Journal, Winter 1986