Re: Reed thoughts
I've certainly been in your shoes before! I've tryed Hemeke, Alexander Classique, Gonzalez, Zonda, and the Rico Grand Concert Select, even some vintage reeds I found in a old music store, but I've always come back to the blue box vandoren. I've come pretty close to what I was looking for with the Alexander, but they are not very consistent and the tone does not stay focused or pure at loud volumes. If you feel like you need to experiment, try the Alexanders or the Grand Concert Select.
In the end it has always been me just needing to put a little more work into my tone. Overtones, long tones, and lots of listening to my tonal idols. Also, when you play, pay extreme attention to how your lips, throat, cheeks, tongue, etc. are placed. This will make it easier to replicate it later.
Hope this helped,