JL· SOTW Columnist, Distinguished SOTW Member
Saxkat, looking at this, I'd say your teacher, who's job it is to help you sound and play better, may have a valid argument on points 1 through 3. If he is hearing your tone quality suffer when you use synthetic reeds, then he is right to ask you to use cane (assuming you actually sound better on cane). Where I think he is "wrong" is in bringing up what the pros use. A "name" pro player would probably sound good on most reeds, mpcs, horns, etc. They might not sound as good on one as another, but they'd still sound fine on most brands. So what a pro uses or doesn't use is not all that useful to you. What your teacher observes may be important so I wouldn't discount it entirely. Ultimately it will be your own decision, but I'd still take what your teacher says seriously, at least in the short term.saxkat said:(1) To his ears, the tone of the carbon fibers lacks focus, and is not centered enough;
(2) He describes the tone as being too thin and buzzy -- too-heavily weighted toward the higher partials, and light in the mid- and low-frequency harmonics which give fullness to the tone.
(3) He contends that current mouthpieces, including the one that I play on (Morgan Excalibur) were specifically designed to be played with cane reeds, and they do not respond in the same manner
with synthetic reeds. Hence, intonation suffers, particularly in the high register.
(4) He uses the fact that he doesn't know of any pros that play synthetics, as corroborating evidence that they are inferior to cane.
I've had the same experience as Razzy and some other posters here. I've tried synthetics, even thought for a while that I sounded better on them, then grew dissatisfied with my sound and the response of the synthetics and went back to cane.