Re: Mouthpiece Reed Combination
Are you looking for classical, or Jazz..
If you're looking for jazz, and you, in return have a jazz mouthpiece, you need a softer reed. If that's the case, try a 2.5 LaVoz, or RicoJazz. Using a harder reed on a jazz mp will give more resistance and cause you to blow harder, lifting your sound away from the warm tone you're wanting.
...Meyer is known for their jazz mouthpieces, if they make classical ones, I'd be shocked.
Vandoren Reeds were, at one point, the best reeds as far as quality goes. Now with individual packages, you're lucky to get two or three good reeds out of a whole box, and they quickly go soft.
For a dark, rich timbre, try a Selmer C* (star) 80. It's what all of the performs I know use , including myself.
They sell a C* 90, but that has a brighter sound.
The facing on it should sit comfortably.
As far as a reed goes, it really depends on the person. I advise you to stay away from LaVoz, unless you want a quick fix for a jazz reed.
I've recently started playing on Rico Reserves at a 3.5
They keep their hardness, and in a box of five, they were ALL good!
Another thing that really plays a big part is how you're breaking your reeds in. Rubbing them on paper or sandpaper fresh out of the box isn't a good idea. You're immediately softening the reed without testing it. Don't soak the reed in water, it will become overly absorbed and start to warp.