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Which reed should I go with?

Discussion in 'Reeds' started by avatar0527, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. A bit of context might help.

    I haven't played the clarinet in close to a year, but have decided to go at it again recently.
    Back when I used to play, I played on a hardness 5 reed, but am worried that due to my rather long 'rest'
    I won't be able to play on such hardness again..

    Which reed do you guys think I should buy? Would I be able to play on a 5 or should I step down and work my way up again..
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Your context fails to mention what mouthpiece you use. Personally, unless you're playing a tip opening of less than a millimeter, I'd say there's absolutely no reason to use a # 5.
  3. Sorry bout that..

    I'm using a Vandoren R5V with a Yahama 34 Clarinet
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

  5. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Merlin, with all the doubles you play on, do you try to stay around the same reed strength for them all. I moved all my doubles to a #3 reed and eliminated some of the problems I was having in voicing when I had quick changes.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2014
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    I try and make sure none of my horns has an extreme setup requiring a significantly hard or soft reed. When I play sax in show or jazz contexts, all of the horns have some kind of #3 on them. Clarinets are usually 3.5.
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