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What do YOU Think? I need a new reed...

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I'm almost finished with my Rico Royal 2.5's and I'm headed over to Rayburn here in Boston at the end of the week.

I think I'm ready to move up to a #3, but I'd like to try something other than Rico. I'm ashamed to admit, I've never tried a reed that WASN'T a Rico.

I don't have a ton of money, so I want to make sure I don't waste 20.00 on a box of something I either can't play or won't like.

What do you guys recommend?

I use a Brilhart 5* (steel)(tenor). I need something, honestly, that will allow me to lay out a super-crisp upper register tone and still hit my low c#, b, and Bb...

Thank you in advance for any direction....

ps: if it's a decent brand, it doesn't HAVE to be a could be a good 2.5...

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I've also had good luck recently with the Vandoren ZZ's. It's the only reed that's been consistent and durable for me- of course, that can change tomorrow!
Dave: I used to have good luck with Fibracells. They were of course consistent and always ready to be played. However, over the past year or so I have bought 3-4 new Fibracells and this has happened with every one:
After a short time of playing (3 weeks or less) the plastic film on the flat side of the reed begins to peel off, totally ruining the reed!
Has this happened to anyone else?
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