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I am looking for some jazz bari reeds, searched but didn't find what I was looking for. I normally play java's for jazz and was wondering what was closest that is avalible for bari. On alto I use a morgan 6EL with java 3-3.5, tenor a STM 7* again with java 3-3.5. For bari I have a tone edge 8, thanks EZ, and was looking for any recommendations. Thanks in advance.
 

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Bari Reeds

I play Rico Plasticovers on bari. I know others who do as well. They have a lot of "bark" to them.

Might want to give them a try.

Scott
 

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LaVoz med. hard play exceptionally well on my Tenney Tone Edge 7. They last a long time and are consistent.
 

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Vandoren ZZ.
 

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Plasticover 2.5 on that bad boy! For me anyhow - looks like you go a half strength harder than me, so maybe a 3.
 

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Rico Royal #4. They all play almost the same for me, and they have a nice body to the sound, with some real kick. They're also cheap and last forever. I've never gotten good results out of Vandoren ZZ bari reeds. They're overpriced (IMO) and sound very bright and brittle, even in the appropriate strength.

I played Plasticover for awhile, but they didn't last long for me. They started out PERFECT. I've never sounded better. Then, after about 30 minutes, they would flat out die. No core to the tone, just flabby, buzzy, and blatty with no resistance. No fun. I would have gone up a half strength, but Rico doesn't make a #4.5, only a #5.
 

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Plasticover 3. Love it!
But then, I like a rougher sound :)
 

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I find the Hemke 2.5 is an easy playing bari reed with good response in all registers. Works better on a fairly large tip opening, like my 8* (120).
 

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Cecil Payne was fond of soft Bari Reeds.
 

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I like Rico (orange box) 3 to 3.5 and Brancher Jazz Cut 3 or 3.5. These reeds work great for me on my hard rubber Berg 130.
 

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jmathesonjr said:
I like Rico (orange box) 3 to 3.5 and Brancher Jazz Cut 3 or 3.5. These reeds work great for me on my hard rubber Berg 130.
Rico orange box 2-1/2 on a jody Classic #7 with spoiler. For some reason the cheapest reed works best for me an baritone.
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Another vote for LaVoz here - to me they are similar in concept to Javas. I use LaVoz mediums on a vintage Meyer 5 bari piece (which is equivalent to a modern 7 opening) and get great buzz and volume for jazz playing out of that set-up.

p.s. - They seem to be substantially cheaper than any of the Vandoren varieties, too.
 

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Orange Box 3's or 3.5's. They work best for me.
 

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I really like Rigotti reeds. They last a lot longer than rico jazz select and play a lot better than vandoren reeds. I plasticover reeds have to much buzz and artificial power.
 
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