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Reed strength for Phil Tone mouthpieces?

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I have limited experience with Phil Tone mouthpieces, but the four I’ve owned all seemed to like harder reeds than other mouthpieces I have with comparable tip openings, possibly he puts somewhat longer facings on his mouthpieces than some other makers. Most recently I acquired one of his Jazzmaster pieces in a trade, and it really doesn’t like the same reeds as my Tenney Jazzmaster in the same tip opening. Similarly the Eclipse, Mosaic and Tribute I had seemed to like harder reeds than the original Link and Dukoff pieces they were “modeled” after. Has anyone else found this to be true?
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Its called 'reed-friendliness'. A good mouthpiece has this trait - it will play easier with a given reed than one that is more stuffy. This is desirable because it means you can use a harder reed, thus bringing more complexity into your sound.
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