Re: Reed Strength
the theory on reeds goes from person to person and not even the pros can decide. my jazz teacher has a 7 tip with a 3 reed, and hes one of the best in the state. some pros like really stiff reeds and large tips. like james carter, but in my opinion, james carter is one of the worst jazz sax players out there with a solo record label. size 2 is probably a little bit softer than what you want. it will take time to bump up reed strengths and for the time, you may want to shave thicker reeds down some, to more of a quarter step. in the end, its all a preference issue. however, thinner reeds will make playing in the upper register tough if you want it to not get shrill sounding.