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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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I used my Bb clarinet reeds on my recently purchased sop sax until my sop reeds showed up. Clarinet reeds do have a longer vamp and are a tiny bit narrower (.53" vs. .55"). If the tip of the clarinet reed is trimmed to make it the right length, it shortens the vamp too much and would still be too narrow. So, you could make a clarinet reed out of a sop sax reed (although it would be .35" too short), you can't really make a sop sax reed from a sop clarinet reed even if you spent the time to rework the vamp.

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