Rico are good. Plasticover & jazz select are the ones I recommend, but plain old Ricos are also good.. Alexander superials are also very nice. So are Vandoren.
Yes. Most reeds sound fairly similar so are fine for most applications. It's mouthpieces and players that make the biggest difference to the sound.danewvibe said:so, any of these would work well for both?
No problem, we're all different. I actually switched to plasticovers because I got a less edgy sound from them. Although the difference is minimal.MPL said:I have to disagree with Pete. Plasticovers may sound too bright and edgy for use in a concert band setting, even on a concert-type mouthpiece like a Selmer.
well, i haven't been playing the bari for very long, but i play mostly concert for school, and outside of school i play jazz very much.harmonizerNJ said:danewvibe, the reed you want to use for jazz and concert band might depend on how you get the overall sound that you want. For example, you might find that getting a strong bottom end sound is important in your jazz band, but not at all for concert band, where other traits might be more important.
For me, using LaVoz Medium reeds on my alto is an important part of getting the combination of command (more or less) from top to bottom of the horn, expressiveness, and projection. Just to be clear, my point is not to claim that LaVoz reeds are the best, but that they provide what *I* need to get the sound that I want.
Perhaps you could share with us more about your situation: have you played more in jazz or concert band? Are you already happy with your setup for one or the other? Are you currently using two types of reeds, and if so, why?