Re: Vandoren reed
Reeds do need a brake in period. It is best to have like 5 reeds and play a few minutes a day on each one. Within a few days they will start breaking in and you will decide which of the five seem to work best for you. Dont just take a reed that is fresh and play it till its dead. Then move back to a fresh one. That is very unproductive to developing your sound. Have a small working group to chose from.
Reeds are very fickle. Some may be softer than others. Some may not be as even as others.
Weather conditions can make a good reed play nice one day and bad another.
In time, your face muscles will strenthen and make this process a lot easier to deal with.
Welcome to the horn!!