Re: BARI plastic alto sax reed hardness
yes, my director mentioned that a synthetic reed will produce a sound like a baby lawnmower. I've just been looking at some other options. We're doing outdoor gigs--a concert and two parades, with outdoor practices--and cane reeds expand and contract, expand and contract, until they're literally split in two.
For indoor and warm-weather gigs, though, I'll take your word for it. Keep me posted on the integrity of cane reeds in colder weather, like between 30's and 50's.