I think it abysmal that after paying £18+ for 5 Vandoren java 3 reeds only two are playable. Of the other three one is like trying to blow through an oak tree, another one is so shrill i found some dead cats in my garden and the other one is.. well.. a mixture of both. It is really p***ing me off as there is no come back. I do use a legere 2,25 ocassionally but it does not have the warmth of the cane reeds. IMO. I wish there was some way these reed manufacturers could test the bloody things. Maybe they do. I know that i need to play my reeds in. I also prepare them before playing even rotate them over a week or two but when you only get a small percentage that you can actually use, it does bug me.