Thanks to SOTW, I'm trying out synthetic reeds. I got a Fibracell Premier and a Legere Studio Cut 2.5. I loved the Fibracell right off because it is so easy blowing and loud (I play blues/rock). But the more I play it, the more I realize I can't get harmonics off it. (JL, if you see this, that's the frustration I was having at the jam last night - I'd go for my high squeal and it just wasn't there.)
The Legere is very hard to blow - stuffy, lots of resistance - but I think I have better intonation with it. The info that comes with it says to keep playing it and it will soften up, but I can't play it for very long. It's so frustrating and I want to go back to the Fibracell or a cane reed.
Before I spend more money on experimenting, has anybody compared synthetic reeds? Do you find one brand blows easier than another of same strength? Does one have easier harmonics or altissimo? Any experience with Bari reeds? Hahn? Other brands? Any comparison of synthetics with plasticovers in terms of easy blowing and altissimo? Thanks in advance,