beginner mouthpiece and reed

woodytwoshoes

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Hi, im a beginner alto sax player (almost 2 months) im using a vandoren AL3 mouthpiece and Legere signature reed 2.5 Is this a good combination to learn on? would love to hear some feedback on this.
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Woody
 
Sounds excellent to me.

Especially if you are playing classically, the AL3 will serve you for many a year, it's a great mouthpiece. I just so happen to use one myself, and the TL3 on tenor.

There are two schools of thought on the reed:
1- some say the synthetics are good to start on because it's consistent and therefore removes a variable making learning easier.
2- Others would tell you that you'd be best off using cane reeds because the natural variances between individual reeds will help you learn to adjust and have a more flexible embrasure.
I'm not qualified to tell you which is better, although I will say that I prefer cane reeds because I can get a better sound from them (Not true for everyone, though).

What saxophone are you using, and are you getting lessons?
 
Sounds excellent to me.

Especially if you are playing classically, the AL3 will serve you for many a year, it's a great mouthpiece. I just so happen to use one myself, and the TL3 on tenor.

There are two schools of thought on the reed:
1- some say the synthetics are good to start on because it's consistent and therefore removes a variable making learning easier.
2- Others would tell you that you'd be best off using cane reeds because the natural variances between individual reeds will help you learn to adjust and have a more flexible embrasure.
I'm not qualified to tell you which is better, although I will say that I prefer cane reeds because I can get a better sound from them (Not true for everyone, though).

What saxophone are you using, and are you getting lessons?
Thanks for the input, much appreciated, i bought a yas 62 and yes, im getting lessons once a week. i just got the synthetic reed and i find it much easier to play and the sound is much better, even the teacher says so. Thanks again for responding
 
If the mouthpiece works for you and if the synthetic reed is easier to play and sounds better then it seems that you have made an excellent choice. You have a first-rate setup which should be fine for a long time. (Or until GAS strikes >:) )
 
I concur with the others. If it’s working, stay with it. Very good set up and the YAS-62 is a really good horn. I have one. At this point, I would stick with this set up while you gain control and develop your skills.
 
I think you need to pay your dues and struggle with cane reeds for 20 years like the rest of us before taking the "easy way out" and playing on a synthetic. >:) ;)
 
whats GAS strikes?

GAS is Gear Acquisition Syndrome - a desire to buy more equipment, often linked to an irrational expectation that it will make the player sound better. It is a common affliction among people who frequent saxophone bulletin boards.
 
hahahaa its already struck! But hey, keeps the economy going and tell me of a better place to spend my extra bucks?
 
Maybe I missed this your intro thread, but whereabouts are you from woodytwoshoes? I'm from the Metro Vancouver region.
 
With regards to your question about G.A.S., I've done up a few humorous--yet not entirely untrue--flow charts for my website over the years, that outline the pathway that players fine themselves travelling down. Enjoy... ;):sax:

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