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Hello everyone!

I'm planning to buy a box of Alexander Superial Reeds. I play on an Alto Beechler Metal #6. Tip size .80

Also, I've seen a chart somewhere showing which reed strenght to get for how big of a tip opening. Does anyone have this chart. I forgot where i saw it. Thanks!
 

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IMHO, the answer very much depends on what you are used to blowing already. Or for a more "scientific" approach get a selection of reeds and work from soft to harder until you find the right resistance for you. It seems crazy to me to think that anyone can pick a figure out of the air in this situation and think it might be a match for reed/mouthpiece/player. All the best. :)
 

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Alexanders are very much softer and respond differently than other brands, more so on alto than tenor, so if you use Vandoren 2 on Alto you might end up with 3-3,5 Superial, to me the DC is sligtly harder than a superial. On tenor I have a response between Vandoren and Alexander which is much closer to each other. I too do not think is possible to device a " Chart" for reeds and mouthpieces....you need to determine it on a experimental basis and adjust for variables.
 

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Hey everyone

Thanks for the response! I've decided to go with a #3. I usually play a 2.5 Plasticover but I'm now playing on a medium Fibracell which is around a #3. I've ordered them from Roberto's and hope they arrive soon! I'll let you guys know =)
 

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should they be too soft.... do not dismiss the option of using the good old fashioned reed clipper. I do this on Alexander Superials if I find them too soft (lack of control and wobbly intonation)... true I am struggling a little bit to find the ideal mouthpiece on alto and play with a mouthpiece a little too open (Otto link STM 7) for a relatively soft reed (3 Alexander) because my chops are limiting it to this strenght.
 
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