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Bb Soprano sax reed vs Bb Clarinet reed

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I tried a Bb Clarinet reed on my Bb Soprano saxophone. I did this out of curiousity and not for any particular reason. I was surprised when I found out that my clarinet reed fits on the soprano saxophone mouthpiece. Also surprising is the rich, dark sound my soprano has with the clarinet reed. I put the soprano sax reed back on just to verify. Why?

What is the difference between Bb Clarinet reeds and Bb Soprano saxophone reeds?

Is it just my particular Bb Soprano saxophone mouthpiece or do all Bb clarinet reeds fit on Bb soprano saxophone moutpieces.
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The problem is not the length or width, it is the vamp. A clarinet tends to be longer and it has the "heart" of the reed too far away. Also there is the dreaded lip pinch that can occur.
gee, I think I have a Buffet albert system somewhere. ebay time?
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