I am a fairly new bass clarinet player (1year), so am still developing my embouchure. I have been playing with Vandoren 2.5/3 reeds then switched over to Legere 2.5/3 reeds for most of my year. I preferred the consistency and tone of the Legeres but at some point they seemed to not have enough 'thrust'. One of my band leaders, a devout cane man, recommended going back to cane and trying the Vandoren jazz ZZ tenor sax reeds (3). Right off the bat I loved the sound and the consistency of the reeds within the box (as opposed to the two playable cane reeds in a box of Vandoren bass clarinet reeds). Now I am practicing for a pit band and the charts have more than half the music in the upper clarion and lower altissimo registers. Challenging for a novice but I am happy to say that my horn can reach it (Buffet 1393, thanks to all who advised this!). My problem is squeaking occasionally, particularly around G in the clarion register.
I read elsewhere in the forum a recommendation for baritone sax reeds on bass clarinet. I am practicing long note embouchure and scales through the upper registers. Is there any experience out there that might recommend a different reed type for this upper work? I am playing on a Grabner moutpiece (both a CX and LB, doesn't seem to be much difference).