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Can anybody recommend a reed that is similar to a Brancher Jazz 2.5? I’m returning to playing after about 8 years off, and that is the reed I preferred at the time. I don’t think they are available anymore. I have one box left from back then that I’ve been working my way through. I’d like to try the D’Addario Jazz Select filed, but with their sizing being in thirds I’m not sure which would be closest to that Brancher Jazz 2.5. Perhaps either a 2 Hard or 3 Soft?
 

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Weinermusic.com sells Brancher Jazz reeds. I use them (2.5) on a Brancher metal soprano mouthpiece. Rigotti 2.5 light also work well on that mouthpiece.
 

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they are still available and you may even buy directly.

I have branchere mouthpieces and I have tried Brancher reeds but I don’t prefer them Rigotti and to Alexander ( I prefer classique) . In my opinion Brancher are stiffer than their size would suggest
 

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well there is the other question - who then manufactures reeds for Brancher?
 

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I think probably Marca and if not that Rigotti , but whichever the maker , they are made in packs of 4 instead of the usual 5,

so in the end they are rather expensive
 

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Looks like Weiner music sells them. Its a bit spendy indeed. If you have been away its worth looking at the many brands out there. Six bucks a pop before shipping is a lot if you are not married to them.
 

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Well the OPs question essentially remains unanswered so my advice to the OP - IF you can afford it try as many new reeds as you can source locally. Don't be afraid to try those that may appear obscure such as Gonzales / Steuer / Boston Sax Shop / Robertos Winds etc etc - you never know what you might discover.
 

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I think I have answered tat Alexander and Rigotti are very similar
 

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Very similar as slightly different whiskeys or lovers? Reeds are like whiskey and lovers - many may seduce you but they are not the same and for some you will harbour a greater fondness.
 

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Close is likely as good as it gets. Most companies who outsource have their own custom cut. They rarely request the same whiskey with a different label. If they do its rather lame.

Pascal runs a class act and is known for excellent customer service. Im sure he can help
 

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indeed, there are few specialists in reeds stencils and they provide all slightly different adjustments. In my opinion Brancher are similar to these but have a thicker part (can’t say is the reed, the vamp or the tip) which makes the Brancher feel further away than my ideal reed than these other brands. I have been working on my Branchers and they were ok but rigotti and Alexander require less of an effort
 

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I do think the op should experiment. He is in the US and its playing with fire to be stuck on a reed that is very scarce. Im glad I play Javas…its likely they can be found anywhere. Its not as though reeds are like sax pads…they wear out fast and you dont want to be left out in the cold when a thin supply line snaps.

I think its hard forvery much feedback because I would suspect there are many players who have never played a Brancher reed.
 

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These reeds are still available (BRANCHER FRANCE : A STEP AHEAD IN SOUND - REEDS)! Just contact Mr. Pascal Brancher who is a very kind person at [email protected] , he talks english fluently and will find a solution for you!
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THIS.

The link shows Rico and Vandoren strength equivalents for each type of reed.

Personally, I find so-called "jazz" cuts to be too thin and buzzy sounding. Plain old Rico orange box (formerly brown box) have worked fine for me since the 70's. I'm glad I don't need expensive or rare reeds to get a good sound.
 

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THIS.

The link shows Rico and Vandoren strength equivalents for each type of reed.

Personally, I find so-called "jazz" cuts to be too thin and buzzy sounding. Plain old Rico orange box (formerly brown box) have worked fine for me since the 70's. I'm glad I don't need expensive or rare reeds to get a good sound.
Exactly why it’s important to try for yourself because while I agree that most “jazz cuts” aren’t ideal, I find the sound of Rico orange box reeds to be the definition thin and buzzy. 🤷‍♂️
 

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equivalence charts leave lots to be desired
 
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Well, I may have spoke (posted) too soon. I didn't find the Brancher's on any of the common online stores I used to use, BUT I did find them on Amazon 😁 so a new box is on the way...

equivalence charts leave lots to be desired
yes, this is where I'm struggling. If I want to buy one box of D'Addario Jazz Selects, it looks like the safest starting point is the 2M strength, as their own comparison chart says its the equivalent to a Royal 2.5, which I think is about where the Brancher Jazz falls for strength (not including other aspects of the cut). I guess I'll start there. I'll throw in some of the other boutique recommendations too, hopefully without getting $300 deep in reeds.

I really wish my Legere Studios worked with the these new mouthpieces I'm trying, but they don't. They're plenty good on my V16 5M, but not on my Yani metal 7 or a Jet 5, for example. I've got a couple Legere Signatures on the way too, so I'll compare those to the new canes and we'll go from there. I can't believe how expensive this stuff has gotten since I've been away.
 
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