Re: Bari Star reeds
There is a v-shaped heart with traditional cane (and original BARI ) reeds. The Bari Star reeds have a straight, gradual vamp - like jazz reeds.
They play more firmly than their basic BARI counterparts of the same hardness, which has improved their tone considerably. I use stars now - my old BARI's are my backups.
There's a little bit of color difference, but that's just marketing.
I don't know if the base material is any different.