Hi @turf3.. I take most advice on here as most who comment are proper players with years of experience and honestly i'm not tryingvto buy that..I know that time and practice is key and for an ameteur player feel i am pretty committed..I aim for at least an hour a day when i go in the van its usually 3 hours of unstructured practice.. through buying pieces i know what i wan from it thats why the durga is up for sale. I prefer the size of metal pieces not the material per se..I can play the Gaia ok with a java 2 5 but it sounds so much more complex with a 3 which is just a tad to resistant..i'll sort out the issue cant and dont want to go back to largevhr pieces...easier on the emboucher but not what i want..Be careful giving advice like that, I got excoriated for suggesting something similar. Was told that I didn't know what I was talking about, that my 40 years of saxophone experience was irrelevant.
Personally I find all the reeds play about the same, once I get them where I want them. So I just buy a medium strength of a reliable brand, so I can rely on them to be cut evenly and have reasonable cane quality. But I'm too old to fall for chops in a box any more. My chops, my sound, well, they're what they're going to be, for better or for worse.