I have found them to be pretty stiff for their supposed strength.
The 2.5’s I currently have feel like a 4 rico Royal to me.
I’ve only every had the one box so maybe I just wasn’t lucky.
Personally I wouldn’t buy them again as they feel like a dead reed for me.
Love them on Tenor though.
+1 for me as well. I think part of it is just that the reeds are cut differently. I can play 3M or even 3 1/2 Ricos (Orange box and Royals) with little issue but find 2 1/2 Vandorens or Rigottis hard by comparison. My opinion is that most of the reed makers are using a cut that is more like a bass clarinet reed for their bari reeds and so they just don't flex right across a mouthpiece with a wider tip opening and longer facing. In cane I gave up on everything but Ricos long ago for bari as they've become too expensive to just buy a box to try. I typically play cane but also use Fibracel and Forestone synthetics on occasion as well.I have had exactly the same experience as B Flat described. As much as I love, and use, Rigottis on Alto and Tenor I can not get them to work for me on Bari.
I'm new to playing bari & got some 2.5 medium Rigottis because I like them on alto & tenor, and had the same experience as Bob M and BFlat. They didn't seem stiff so much as dead, though. Not very lively reeds, and you expect lively from Rigottis.I have had exactly the same experience as B Flat described. As much as I love, and use, Rigottis on Alto and Tenor I can not get them to work for me on Bari.