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Reeds Which Reeds to use with an Otto link STM NEW YORK 6* ?

Humbardi

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Hi all :
I have gotten an used Otto link STM New York 6* and appreciate your help to find the most suitable reeds for this mouthpiece.
Many Thanks in advance
Humbardi
 

koumou

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I have one in a 7 tip and RJS 2H, Vandoren V16 2.5 or Rigotti Gold 2.5 strong work fine. Depending on how you blow these might work for you to, or you can go to a little harder reed. RJS 3s might work, allthough a V16 3 might be to hard.
 

DavidUK

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How long have you been playing? I usually play with Yam 4C and Marca Jazz 2 1/2 but found that for my Runyon 22 #6 and metal Sharkbite #6 I need to go down to a #1 1/2 reed to get an acceptable sound. I've been playing 9 months now. More experienced players could use a harder reed I'm sure.
 

Targa

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It depends on the noise you want to make.
When I had a 7 I used an Alexander Superial Classique 2.
 

saxnik

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A 'senior' pro I worked with swore by the Rico orange box reeds for OLSTM's. I'd go for a 2.5 or 3, but everyone's different :)
 

aaronrod

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That's a bit like asking I just bought new running shoes, what type of socks should I get - it's impossible for anyone to answer but you. Everyone is different, so what works for one may not necessarily work for another.

Best bet would be to try what you are using at the moment. If you can play the whole range of the instrument without any major difficulties, then the question is answered - stick with the reeds you have. If the high notes come out cleanly but the low notes are difficult, try stepping down in reed strength. If you find the low notes are easy but the high notes close up, then try stepping up in reed strength. If after trying a few different strengths it is still difficult to blow, then try different brands. If it is still difficult to play, then it may not be the right mouthpiece for you.

One thing I'd suggest is to use different reeds for each mouthpiece. If your previous mouthpiece was not completely flat, then reeds used on that mouthpiece may have slightly distorted to fit the mouthpiece's imperfections. Those slight distortions (if they occurred) that made the reed fit perfectly on one mouthpiece can cause havoc on a different mouthpiece.

Have fun, as you've just entered the quest to find the perfect mouthpiece/reed combination - a quest many attempt, but few complete. After all, if such a combination existed, we would all be using it. :)
 

TomMapfumo

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Assuming that we are talking tenors then you would be better off with an American Cut reed - such as a Rico Orange, Vandoren v16, or Rico Jazz Select Unfiled. I use an Alexander NY reed on my Phil-Tone/Theo Wanne Tribute 7* mouthpiece - best Link type I've played, and it is excellent. For a 6* mouthpiece a 2.5 should be fine.
 

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