What has been your experience with Rico jazz select reeds? What is the difference between the filed and unfiled in terms of tone, response, durability and longevity?
A DC or Superial #3 is about equivalent to RSJ 3s or 3m...maybe right between the 2.Wailin' said:I've never tried the Alexanders superials, DC's or classiques. Thing is local stores don't sell them.
If Rico selects are doin' it for me should which size is comparable to the Rico select 3 filed soft? Some reed charts on the net do lie!! One webpage claimed that Alexander ran close behind Select. What are your thoughts? I'm always experimenting for the "ideal setup".
My mouthpiece is Guardala MB, very open so the soft reed tends to fit it.
Wailin' said:I've never tried the Alexanders superials, DC's or classiques. Thing is local stores don't sell them.Ive tried the Alexanders in both types, and 2 strengths. I bought 4 tins and have come to the conclusion that I wasted about $90. The profile of these reeds takes some REAL time. I played 3 of them for about 4 weeks and never really got the embouchure used to them.
I am TOTALLY impressed with the RJS 2S reeds. I'm playing those on an RPC 105...best sound I have ever made on a sax.
Wailin', The answer is "yes and no." This was an Alto job. I usually play a JJ "Classic" (the blue ones) that's been refaced and opened up to about a 7. I play 3's or 3.5's on this setup. For teaching schoolkids, it's a little too much. So I was playing on the Scroll Shank which I usually play 4's on. The RJS 3M was an easy blow and given that I coaught the "FLU" from one of the kids, as expected, I was grateful for that. I hope I was clear in stating that I'm not dissing the RJS as such. I'll try the 3H and see hoe they are.The 3M was just too soft. The reason I decided to give the RJS a try was that so many blokes seem to love them. The right strength reed might be a good match for the Selmer. Based on this experience, I'd suggest erring on the side of buying a harder reed strength than you think you might need.Wailin' said:Dogpants, At the end of the day it's about finding the shoe that fits each player's individual "feet".
I take it you play on a closed mpc?
Martin, I wholeheartedly agree!Martinman said:DogPants, I think your problem (at least one of them) was that you used the unfiled reeds. In my opinion the filed ones are the ones to use. I just like the sound better, and I think they are less stuffy.