What are the "must try" reeds that I should have at my disposal when trying a range of mouthpieces?
Adding some other suggestion, I would like also to tell you that every reed plays different for every mpc.
In other words you won't find a reed "universal" for every mpc, but you will have to try all and find the proper combining (for you) for every mpc.
Because there are many variables for every mpc (length of facing, curve, etc etc) and for every reed (length, type of cut, thickness etc etc)
It's useless to measure or to theorize, needs to try and feel...
When I have tried different mpcs (hr, metals, different chambers, etc etc.) I have tried all (or almost) the various reeds brands, from A
-lexander Superial to Z
I have found the followings as more responsives and with a more pleasent sound (for me) looking for a susteined altissimo, fast articulations and less resistence possible on very low register, using Rov. dark and Optimum ligs:
Rico - S J Unfiled
Vandoren - ZZ' (Only
Superial - D.C.
Brancher - Jazz
The same number of strength is not equivalent for each, so is better to have 2 different strengths for every reed, the comparison charts are indicative at 60%...
As final notice I have to tell you that there is another variable, not negligible unfortunately...
Every brand of reed has (according to the own characteristics of cut, etc) an optimal high-performance "segment" within few numbers (!!!)
What this means?
I've found a good setup mpc-reed, now you would like to switch to a different tip opening and need to change the reed strenght to compensate...
Well, using the same brands for mpc and reeds, there are good probabilities that this new setup doesn't work so good as before.
What this mean also? That some other brands that you had discarded before, probably play better now (with this new strenght)...
I know, it is not easy but not discourage you