What are your favorite reeds? Just in general...I suppose for more of a jazz setting since after all this is the Jazz forum. I prefer the Vandoren ZZ's for my alto. For my tenor I'm using traditional Vandoren's but I might try some ZZ's for the tenor too. How about you guys?
Rico Jazz Select...
I might have to try them. After all, I'm not dead-set on Vandoren. And from what I've seen LaVoz's are like the Rico Royals...junk.
I used to use Hemke's on my alto too, then I discovered they were just way too thin. Easy chipping and just not very durable. It seemed they magically chipped themselves. Oh well.
im using Rico Jazz select 3M on alto for JJazz ESP, and Van ZZ 3 on ebonite Alto mpc.
On tenor also using Rico Jazz select on a runyon, have been using 3S but im in a Salsa band and when i wanna really blow over bass/keys im sometimes finding it hard work (no mics for us horns at moment) so gonna try 3M.
On soprano im really into Java 3. love the thicker tip, gives some real edge to sound but kinda smooth edge. IMHO.
I like the Vandoren ZZ's for any jazzy stuff.
The Vandorens are nice reeds but you get about two good ones in a box! I go to the store and they let me pick out individual ones, so at least I can pick out some of the best.
What about synthetics?? anyone use them regularly?
I've tried a Bari reed on bari (huh, how about that?). I tried it on my old Bundy Selmer bari then when our school got the new Yamaha YBS-52 I tried it on that as well. Seems on the newer one it squeaks less, but I really don't care for it. I'd rather go with a cane reed imo.
I used to use a bari reed on my Rico Royal Graftonite mpc for tenor, but it gave me an almost artificial sound, real edgy and thin, so I switched to a plain rico royal and it plays great, tons of thick edge.
I can't beleive that people can play on those Rico Royal mouthpieces.
I find them dreadful, but i know a few people that like them and they can play rather well.
As for the synthetics, has anyone tried the Legere Studio Cut?? they are a great reed!
I'm sure there are better mouthpieces out there, but I too like their tenor mouthpieces. I could always get a good sound out of a Rico Royal Graftonite B5 with a Selmer lig and plain reeds. That was before I upgraded tho with the new horn. I think I'm gonna get a Dukoff D7 for the tenor, which would add along to the stock S80 C* which is pretty blah.
im using vandoren java 3.5..
and for the "duds" or some of the harder reeds in the box ive found a lil trick that helps to soften em up.. my teacher showed me this..
u press pretty firmly up and down the back end of the cut part of the reed.. right where it tapers upward towards the lig..
so after uv wet it and started playing, and uv realized its a dud.. get it nice and wet, and press around on the cut up part of the reed.. focusing on the middle part.. letting it flex and bend around..
i dont know if that made sense.. haha worked for me tho..