since i started i have been playing tenor sax with Vandoren v16 reeds, strength 2. that along with my S80 C* mouthpiece, i get a really warm sound that i can reach both the lower and higher notes. i recently brought some vandoren strength 2-1/2 reeds and i had a few problems. i found that there was a lot of hissing and id lost that tone that i liked with the 2's. i was just trying out different reeds, and i was just wondering why is there a lot of hissing, and i find it a lot harder to play. im guessing that my embrochure isnt up to scratch or something. I thought the best way to get a different feel for reeds was to try them out, so thats what i did thanks, ash.