Vandoren sucks! They are too inconsistant. LaVoz is a much better reed! Even an orange box Rico is better than 9 out of 10 Vandorens. Alexanders are great reeds also, but a little harder to find and expensive. I use either LaVoz or Rico Jazz Selects most of the time.
I have played the Teal and it sounds too warm it does not work well with Mark VII and up. The darkest and driest i have ever played is a Sugal in grenadilla wood . I would have wanted to try it with a Buffet Prestige. But overall find a good C* you may have to try out a few hundred first. Also try to play the bore of the horn and not the reed. As for reeds too bad that Selmer stopped making Omega reeds since a "U" cut is way better than a "V" cut