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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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Thanks....I'll add that to the "poll...." :)
dstack79 said:
If you want to try something "non-Rico", you might want to give the Vandoren ZZ's a shot. You'll spend a little less $ since they're in boxes of 5. If you don't like em, no harm done.

You might wanna try the #3. For a #3, they're fairly might be a good compromise regarding strength.
That sounds like a good bet. Thanks for the input. I'm looking forward to trying them.
pumseig said:
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!
I hear you. I know they're popular. I keep hearing about them...well, this pretty much makes up my mind. I'll try a box this weekend.

Thanks everyone for your remarks...

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