Re: New to the sax
First question, is it an alto or soprano? As far as reed strength, it depends on the brand, Vandorens are sold 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, etc. but there are some that are sold as soft, med. soft, med, etc. etc. etc. The ligature does effect the sound greatly just like in clarinet. Usefull tip, if you are playing soprano, a clarinet reed will fit the mouth piece if need be. They are just a little longer.