I did a google search for break in procedure for saxophone reed (I have a tenor sax) and came up with two different procedures:
which doesn't include soaking in the water (just wetting with saliva) and playing duration is only one minute, then you put it back to dry out and play the next day for 4 times in a row.
that recommend soaking the reed in the water but recommends playing for 2 to 4 minutes. It has the same 4 times approach before finishing the break in process.
Do I need to really soak them in the water? How about pressing on the reed from bottom to the tip after soaking? Is it that sensitive that if it is more than 1 or 2 minutes playing, it would wreck the reed? The other difference is not playing very low notes or very high notes recommended in the second source but not in the first one. Is it too much vibration frequency or domain that has to be avoided? I imagine blowing hard could damage the new reed but didn't know about the very low or high notes.
Is there any other typical online source that sax players use for the break in procedure?
Does it make a difference which mouthpiece opening you use or what reed strength or model you use? For instance harder reed takes longer time to break in, etc?
How about the sanding procedure? Is there any online source for that?
Thanks a lot.