I'm using Plasticcovers bari reeds 3½ and 4. Now I need a package of Plasticovers #5. Where to find them? Most shops just has up to #4.
According to his bio on the Bump City site, the "Doc" plays a Yamaha YBS-62 baritone saxophone, Berg Larsen 130 facing metal mouthpiece, and Rico Plasticover 1.5 strength reeds.
It's something of a misconception that a harder reed is always going to be a harder blow - it all depends on the profile of the mouthpiece lay ( not the tip opening ).
I use Plasticover 5s on my alto and tenor Dukoff D8s - and they work because the the length and curve of the lay is appropriate.
Now, if I were to bung those reeds on my workbench pieces I'd really struggle to get a note out of them...so what I do is use the 5s on them after they're no longer suitable for gigging - by which time they're closer to a 3.