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by JFG
(1 post)
19 years ago

What Will Happen?

I have an unopened box of Vandoren AS 2 1/2 -3 with the date 10/23/73 written in pen on the front (this was part of a mint MKVI alto 147XXX SN I bought several years ago) Are reeds of this age playable?

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  1. by definition
    (963 posts)

    19 years ago

    Re: What Will Happen?

    soak and prep them like you would normally and they will perform like any other reed

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    1. by SaxMan
      (559 posts)

      19 years ago

      Re: What Will Happen?

      no, soak them for at least 15 minutes in warm water and they will play better than any other reed made today.

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  2. by connsaxman_jim
    (2336 posts)

    19 years ago

    Re: What Will Happen?

    I had a full box of #2 reeds in the case of a New Wonder series I alto I bought that were probably at LEAST 50 years old. I let a couple of them soak and they worked fine. I really don't think the age makes too much difference. I'd recommend soaking any reed before using it. They do dry out even just sitting on the shelf in a music store for a couple years

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