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Reeds New mouthpiece, no resistance!

Lloyd P

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After 7 months of practice, I have taken the plunge and moved onto a hard rubber tenor mouthpiece with a bigger tip opening, namely a Vandoren V16 T6 (it came highly recommended), from my previous Yamaha 5C. The issue is that I now find the legere signature 2 reed and the combination of this mouthpiece, a little too easy to blow!


Don't get me wrong, I love my "voice" that the legere reed has given me, but find little resistance when blowing!


I can hit all the low notes and high notes beautifully, even up to F# in the altissimo.


Should I settle for this, am I doing something wrong? or would a harder legere reed offer me better resistance without too much effort?


I welcome any help and advice you could offer.
 

ellinas

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Resistance is a personal thing.
There are styles and players that demand almost no resistance, and others that desire a little bit of.

Personally I like to blow a little bit more and take advantage of resistance to be more expressive :)
 

Lloyd P

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Strangely tho, I swapped the Rovner ligature for a metal one and that seemed to make a difference in resistance (or am I just imagining it!).
 

Jazzaferri

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. I play a horn mpce reed combo that has very little resistance which is my preference. I find I have a broader sound palette to work from with an open easy flowing horn Takes a bit of getting used to but once there well........in the end its a personal preference ....but it sure works for me

@Lloyd P Switch to a 2/1/2 or 2 3/4. One of those two should sound great with your mpce and make you work a bit more.
 
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Saxlicker

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Strangely tho, I swapped the Rovner ligature for a metal one and that seemed to make a difference in resistance (or am I just imagining it!).
Lots goes on with ligatures that make a difference to the player that your audience will never sense or hear.
I have given up worrying about ligatures a long time ago. I use basic methods and only experiment if I have a negative effect from the ligature. I never worry about trying anything as an enhancement.
So if its bothering you try something, otherwise try to settle on one.
A standard 2 screw big on a hard rubber piece is usually my weapon.
 

Lloyd P

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Thanks for all the replies, I'm now getting used to the new setup and will stick with it.
 
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