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Tip opening vs. reed strength. Any suggestions?

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Hello -

I have purchased a Meyer 7m mouthpiece for my Bari, and was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem. I bought a Legere plastic reed to save some dough in the long run by not buying cane reeds, but when I put it on the Meyer I struggled to get a sound for the first three minutes. I was playing in my high school band and had to find a solution (I foolishly had no cane reeds on me), and found it in sliding the ligature way up on the reed. I had to put it WAY past the cut to get control of the horn. I have tried 2 strength Rico reeds on the piece with no major problems, and came to the conclusion that the plastic reed was too hard for such a large (for me) mouthpiece tip opening. So what should I do, get a 6m or a 5m mouthpiece Meyer and use my regular reed strength, or use a softer reed strength on the 7m?

Another thing, I have been looking at the Charles Bay Gerry Mulligan model mouthpiece recently, and I am tempted to take the Meyer back a buy this mouthpiece. Does anyone know anything about how it plays? Would it be a good investment?

Thanks for any help you can give
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The légère reed are on the stiff side, i will try a 2 or 2.5 one. As said, they have nice exchange policy. As for the Bay piece it sound pretty close to the Meyer, maybe a bit more dry, but the articulation are first rate, I have a Bay 7N and a JVW meyer NY 5 (open to .105") and try a friend new Meyer 7MM. The Bay piece, sound pretty close to the Meyer (new model, modern) but in the same time way better. The bay are maybe a bit more dry and it is very even from top to bottom. The articulation are first rate and it respond very well to everything I want. The Meyer NY are in other league, the sound are just more resonant and a thad bit richer.
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