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Offline LarryS

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Trying out strength 3 reeds
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:25:12 AM »
Ok so I'm trying out Rico Royals strength 3. I expected to really struggle to get air out but it was a lot easier than I expected! At first all I got was air, but I guess new reeds need warming up. I first tried one with the Noblet 2V mpc, and while it improved things it was a struggle. Much easier to play on the Yamaha 4C, with no squeaks at all, which surprised me!
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Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2021, 01:39:36 PM »
The Noblet sounds awful again.  Like fingernails on a blackboard.  On the Yamaha, the 3 sounds like it's a bit too hard.
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Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 02:07:58 PM »
.  On the Yamaha, the 3 sounds like it's a bit too hard.
That could be just me not being used to a harder reed, and the fact they're brand new reeds. Do they take time to wear in?
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Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 07:29:56 PM »
.  On the Yamaha, the 3 sounds like it's a bit too hard.
That could be just me not being used to a harder reed, and the fact they're brand new reeds. Do they take time to wear in?

Yes, reeds break in or can be broken in.  If it's a little hard at first, it may become more compliant over time, and can become one of your best reeds, at least from my experience.  I think most people recommend breaking them in slowly, not playing them extensively right off the bat. I don't do very much reed fussing, but many people do extensive break in, modification, testing, etc...  I'm sure if you poke around the net, you can find info on the many philosophies and methodologies.
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Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2021, 08:47:24 PM »
I used Mitchell Lurie 3s back in the 70s. Found them to be quite good. I have used Vandoren 2.5s pretty much since then, as VanD 3s are too hard for me. When Vandoren went to numbering them like 2.5-3 decades ago I used those, but was glad when they went back to the usual rating method.
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Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2021, 05:07:48 AM »
I too use a Rico Royal 3 or a Vandoren 2.5.  It was reported to me years ago that the Vandoren reeds are harder by half a step than Rico Royals, and my impression has always been that generally speaking, this is an accurate assessment.  I am not a good enough player to get decent sound from anything harder, as my sound and technique are thrown off.  One can always condition the embouchure to accept a stronger reed, and with practice learn to optimize that strength, but I confess to being set in my ways in this regard.
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Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2021, 12:18:19 AM »
Exactly the same here - Rico # 3 or Vandoren 2.5s are my sweet spot, too. I do have a box of 10 Vandoren#3s and one of them is really easy to play - but the rest are just that bit too hard. All that said, things might change when I've been playing a bit longer.