So I played on rigotti reeds, specifically strength 3 Light for 4-5 years and absolutely loved them. This past year, I found that the 3 light might actually be too hard for me when a friend let me use a 2.5 for a while. I was hooked and started using the 2.5 lights and used them consistently for around 6 months. Just recently I realized that I was actually capable of a lot more on the horn with the 3 lights so I took a few 3 lights and tried to play them. And it was impossible. Every reed was stuffy and I was putting an insane amount of air into the horn. I’m dumbfounded as I played the 3’s easily for 4-5 years and now I can barely get a sound out of them. Does anyone have any idea why this is? To do with my lungs having adjusted to the 2.5s perhaps? I thought I’d post the question here as I’m extremely confused and it’s really quite frustrating to remember how easy (and great) it was to play those 3’s and now I just can’t play them at all.