Understood... Thanks very much!Canadiain said:In general terms yes, as long as you have the right hardness then you should be able to get some sort of music out of it, BUT, you will find through experimentation that some brands are more optimal to a certain piece or style or sound concept than others, and you might find it easier to play them.
One thing Ive noticed is that American mouthpieces (well, my beechler) seem to have the tip profile rounded to match American (Rico, Hemke) reeds, so the reed "fits" the tip profile, while french mouthpieces (Selmer, Vandoren) are a better fit for french (Vandoren) reeds. The Ricos seem a little less rounded at the edges than the Vandorens. But it doesn't seem to make any noticeable difference in playability
Just to clarify, it doesnt make any difference to how they play, its just something cosmetic I noticed with the beechler vs the selmer...a Rico matches the tip exactly on the Beechler, but will overhang on the corners of the tip of a Selmer. But I still play Rico Royals on the Selmer.LampLight said:2. I was not aware of the tip profile differences that Canadiain mentioned. At any rate, in my experience some American mouthpieces play great with Vandoren reeds, others with Rico Jazz Selects, and others with either Alexander or Rico reeds. So if you're like me, foreign vs. domestic may not be the deciding factor for you.
Aint that the truth. Some stock mouthpieces are not that great.4. Reeds and mouthpieces are both optimized for a variety of player goals. If you are new and you have some budget, then you may want to also take a look at what mouthpiece you have. Some are better than others for beginners. The few teachers I know all recommend rubber pieces with "not too big of a tip" to start (and probably not too high a baffle either). I'm sorry if this is off point, but it is another thing you might want to discuss with a good teacher.