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Hey sax folk! I just made this video just for giggles, but I would love to hear your opinions on which sounded better. I thought this would be fun (and a little silly) to try, because it seems that very few players will play anything lighter than a #2, and very few players go stiffer than a #4. I am definitely a "middle way" supporter, but I'm sure we all agree that there is no one size for all.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIIM8-qv00&lc=UgxgA2bD8df0E6HsQvN4AaABAg&ab_channel=DanHitchcock
 

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You are an accomplished player - impressive to me how you can play the whole range of reeds on the same mouthpiece. I guess the trick is going with what each reed gives you and not trying to force 'your sound' out of it. Yes, the '3' is your reed. Reed selection is totally subjective and there will never be, can never be, a single reed for everyone. But you just proved that the reverse is not true - that every player can only be effective with his pet reed - you played them all! I don't think I have ever seen a demonstration like this before, and definitely have never heard of anyone doing it. True, 30 seconds is not a 90-minute show, and you would probably have physical damage if you tried it with the '5', but definitely did play it as well as the '1'. I did not miss the picture of Getz that popped up when you were playing the 5 - it was hip that you made that connection and slanted your playing that way when you heard what was coming out of the horn. I guess yours and Getz's mouthpiece were close in tip openings.
 

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Thanks 1saxman! It was definitely difficult to make both of those extremes work at all, and maybe even more difficult switching from one to the other back and forth when I was making the video.

One benefit of the #5 is that it will keep getting softer with time, so it will theoretically get more and more comfortable, while the 1 will only get softer and harder to control... 3 works for me!


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Dan,
I'm really enjoying listening to your playing! You sound great and I really like what you selected to play. Amazing that you can play such a wide range of reeds on the same setup. Are you just playing from ear/memory or do you have some of that as .pdf files? I'd love to get any .pdf's of those pieces you were playing.
 

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Blaine Hoopes:
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I was playing those from memory, but I would be happy to make you some PDFs! Message me your email address.


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