I also get more consistent and playable reeds out of the box with Rico (Jazz Select) versus Vandoren (Traditional). Not everyone agrees, and Vandoren does make excellent reeds. OTOH, even though I think the added consistency of Rico's should make things easier when you are starting out, don't fall into the trap of blaming your reeds. Most of our problems are of our own making.sod9728 said:. . . Btw, 1 1/2 reeds? I'd say either #2 orange box rico reeds, or 1.5 vandoren blue box reeds. Go with the ricos though - they have more reeds that are playable out of the box.