Hey, ok, didn't want to start a new thread about alto reeds, but here's a question:
I have three Vandoren Blue 2.5 in a Reed Juvenator, they're all recent but not necessarily from the same box. One plays the way I'd expect it to, but the others have a very soft tone and are harder to play. What scares me is that I like the soft tone which produces notes that sound like subtones! What does anyone think this might be caused by? Should a try shaving them off or any of the aforementioned tricks? I've tried bending them a little but they close up easily. I'm not sure if I should keep trying them or ditch them and open a new one.
I will definitely check this out as I have a number of reeds around at any given moment. But saying "softer", with regard to strength of the reed I have several 2, 2.5, 3 and when I play a 2 they don't make that sound at all.