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  1. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Greetings All! I have a question and I hope this is the correct forum for it. What do the majority of professional/advanced players use on a tenor sax, a mouthpiece with a large facing and a soft reed or a mouthpiece with a small facing and a stiff reed? I am looking mainly for generalities...
  2. Reeds
    Hello! This is my friend's sixth year of playing the flute, and she wants to try alto sax. I let her try my strength 3 reed, but she couldn't make any sound, and I finally remembered that beginners shouldn't use 3's. I was thinking of giving her a 2.5 because of her experience with the flute...
  3. What to Buy & Why: Reeds and Misc.
    I wanted to splurge on a few reeds from different brands and their respective cuts, but I'm not sure what strength to go for. I started playing sax with a YTS 280 recently, first with the Rico 2.5 that came with it, then with Vandoren Classic Blue 2s. This seemed much easier than the Rico, until...
  4. Reeds
    I've been having some reed issues lately, but I really do not believe it has anything to do with the quality of the reeds. I've generally settled on Rico Select Jazz and the occasional Orange Box for my preference, and for the most part I have really gotten great reeds. I play on a refaced STM...
  5. Reeds
    I have been playing Rico Select Jazz 2H Filed on an Otto Link STM 7* for quite some time and have been loving the consistently good quality reeds. Recently, however, I have felt like I could use a bit more resistance and bought a box of 3 soft, so not a huge jump in strength. It definitely did...
  6. Reeds
    Hi folks, I'm thinking of ordering a forestone unfiled for my tenor. But since the reeds a quite expensive I want to be shure about the strenght. I heard that there were several issues about the strength and the reliabilit of forestones comparison chart in the past. Usually I play Rico Select...
  7. What to Buy & Why: Reeds and Misc.
    Sorry if this has been asked before. If it has been just direct me to the thread. Anyway, I was wondering how reed strength is determined, and not numerically. We're all aware that manufacturers each have their own way of assigning strength, a 2 of one manufacturer is a 2.5 for another. But...
  8. Reeds
    Hi, Does anyone know if using the ATG system to adjust the tip of the reed, changes the overall strength of the reed? I don't have a Reed-O-Meter, looks like they are out of production now?? Regards, Craig
  9. Reeds
    i am looking to swtich to Vandoren V16 from LA-vaz hard i know that Vandoren reeds are harder usally so my ? is I am on Hard La vaz now and like them (if i could have some thing in between hard and med it would be perfct) so what strength do I need to get of the Vandoren V16......P.S i...
  10. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi there On my soprano I play a 7*Otto Link Ebonite with a RICO No 2 reed. With a new reed it sounds just as I want it to sound. After a while although, when the reed is broken in properly it's just a bit to soft and the tone is not full and dry anymore. A 2.5 reed is still to hard even after...
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