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by tempomaster
(30 posts)
4 years ago

Reed Strength

What is the major advantage, or reason, for going to a higher strength reed. Why would a number 4 be better than a 2.5? I remember during my college days (long ago) the push was to play with the greatest reed strength you were capable of blowing???

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  1. by SuperSax875
    (55 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Reed Strength

    For some people it's a very childish competition. Play what sounds best at all dynamic ranges and across the complete range of the horn.

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    1. by adetenor
      (68 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Reed Strength

      Difficult to sum up in less than10,000words. The length of time you have played, to an extent will give an indication as to the strength of your chops. Really pointless playing harder reeds than you can handle. Your choice of m.p, is of paramount. Correct combo of m.p/reed....is more important to a developing player than what make of horn. Providing it blows free and the intonation is IN....dont worry about it. Concentrate on getting that, findingthat combo. more.....

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      1. by adetenor
        (68 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Reed Strength

        As a player develops,he will move up through the strengths. It is knowing when to stop. Real hard reeds just dont sound good, unless you know how to use them. I know good players who never go above a 2. It suits their m.p. and playing style both. My advice.....find your combo. and stick at it. I have only ever heard Scott Hamilton play his link. Nobody today plays one better. As for his choice of reeds....#6....joking...i dunno. Stick with it dude....later

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      2. by adetenor
        (68 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Reed Strength

        As a player develops,he will move up through the strengths. It is knowing when to stop. Real hard reeds just dont sound good, unless you know how to use them. I know good players who never go above a 2. It suits their m.p. and playing style both. My advice.....find your combo. and stick at it. I have only ever heard Scott Hamilton play his link. Nobody today plays one better. As for his choice of reeds....#6....joking...i dunno. Stick with it dude....later

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        1. by adetenor
          (68 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Reed Strength

          Note to self......you may be laid up but these posts.......really. Waffle, waffle....Boring......sorry.

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        2. by adetenor
          (68 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Reed Strength

          Note to self......you may be laid up but these posts.......really. Waffle, waffle....Boring......sorry.

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        3. by tempomaster
          (30 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Reed Strength

          not at all boring to me...I truly appreciate the feedback and it helps me out a lot.

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        4. by adetenor
          (68 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Reed Strength

          Thanks man....if i can help...cool. My pleasure.

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        5. by adetenor
          (68 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Reed Strength

          Thanks man....if i can help...cool. My pleasure.

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