I played a 7L on tenor and it was fine. Now I switched to alto and got a 7M. I figured it would be about the same, maybe a little more open, but I needed the smaller chamber to fix intonation problems. Now I wonder if I should have gotten a 6M,( for better control and softer playing?), but I'm not sure.TonySax said:the difference is in the easyiness of playing and the tone colour. the more wider are for 'beginners' and the thinner for 'pros' but that is not a rule.
you must try playing with a few of them to see if you like the sound. I'm play my alto with a 'Vandoren A28'(the best mpc company in Europe and maybe in the world) and I use reeds 2 and a half. the ligature matters too
Or an alternative way of phrasing that is to say "I can play out of tune easier with a larger tip and thiner reed"DanSax64 said:I can "bend" the note easier with larger tip & thinner reeds
This to my mind is a very well thought out and accurate description of the difference betwen playing a larger or smaller tip opening and how to choose the right size! :salute:Sigmund451 said:If your not sure make sure to be conservative when going up in tip size. I played 7* and 8 (.105 and .110) reguarly and steped down to a .090 and .095 recently. This afforded the ease of more flexibility in choosing a reed for TONAL differences as opposed to necessity.
Using a properly faced piece....that is critical I found: The difference in volume and projection is much over rated with big tip openings. A big sound is a product of an efficient setup and the technique. Also, A smaller tip opening is easier (at least for me) to play in tune. The flexibiliy of bending notes also invites more variance if your not accomplished.
Most importantly, dont get caught up in hype or the belief that bigger is better. Use what is comfortable FOR YOU! Phrasing is difficult when you use a setup that doesnt fit you. A pleasant tone is difficult to achieve. There is a reason all these sizes and reed strengths are made. Also, make sure to have a really good time!
I have tried rico, rico royal, hemke, vandoren blue, vandoren java, and lavoz.Sigmund451 said:You may want to play with different reeds first...though Im sure you could work a trade for a smaller tip opening. I find that I always have to fight RJS reeds. The price makes me wish they world work for me but I always sound harsh on them and find them unresponsive.
coolsax2k7 said:I think I might need a new mouthpiece. I like the way my Morgan 7M sounds but it feels like I'm fighting it to get it to play. It is too much effort. I don't think I like the sound of very thin reeds either (am using RJS 3M filed.)
I want playing to be a fun and relaxed activity, not stressful. Should I try a 6M or 5M?
In the end I realized I was having issues so I got a box of the 2H filed. Now, it's a totally different playing experience. It suddenly became very free-blowing. Is it too free-blowing? When I was playing with a pianist today (my dad ) I felt like I was making an effort to be restrained, but, the tone, especially low notes had a beautiful tone. Intonation was ok for me, but it did take more control (restraint?) My question is, even if it is nitpicking, could I get a little more resistance by switching to a 6M/3S or something like that?Martinman said:Try a RJS 2H filed.
Check your horn for leaks. Even a small leak can make you feel like your fighting to get the sound you want.coolsax2k7 said:I think I might need a new mouthpiece. I like the way my Morgan 7M sounds but it feels like I'm fighting it to get it to play. It is too much effort. . .