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Thanks for the reply, I can subtone a 3.0 reed fine... Also on my 7* link. It is just that I'm wondering if a softer reed would make playing soft with a controlled sound easier?A #2 on a 4 tip on your alto is like a #1.5 or #1 on your 5* tip on tenor. If you're used to playing reeds that soft, I disagree with the advice to use much harder reeds. I personally don't see how you could do anything except subtone on an alto/tenor on reeds that soft unless you're 95 years old and have only one lung. You really need to work on your embouchure and breath support.
Softer is always easier, especially on the low end. But the higher register and max volume suffers. You have to find a good compromise so you can play the entire range, not just the low end.Thanks for the reply, I can subtone a 3.0 reed fine... Also on my 7* link. It is just that I'm wondering if a softer reed would make playing soft with a controlled sound easier?
I guess that's true yes, I have an recording from Autumn in New York wich I played on the Link STM 7* with a 2.5 reed, what could I work on in your opinion? https://soundcloud.com/WAqXFWell, you're playing an extremely ordinary setup. Personally I'd focus on learning how to play this setup. With only 7 months total, some of which was undoubtedly spent just flailing about, you don't nearly have a tenor sized airstream or a well developed embouchure.
What you need to be doing is learning how to control the dynamic level and timbre of your sound with your embouchure, voicing, and airstream.The good old long tones are a fast track to that, if you'll do them with ATTENTION and with INTENTION.
I will say that although tenor is not my main instrument, I've been playing it for 45 years now (baritone is my primary, alto a close second), I'm well known for having stong chops and blowing hard, and I wouldn't be playing a setup any harder to blow than what you're using. My tenor Link is a 6 but I'm using reeds that would probably be more like your #3s. So bumping up your reed strength, or fooling around with flavor of the week, is probably not going to HURT you but it will distract you from what you need to be doing which is building chops to have a rich compelling flexible sound. Your setup is extremely unlikely to be hindering you in that.
It's like the guy who can't get any distance off the tee so he keeps buying drivers, but what he needs is to straighten out his swing. Until he does that, the $100 set of clubs from the pawn shop is as good as the $2000 set.