I'm playing on the school's Vito contra alto clarinet and had reed trouble when I started. I finally found reeds that worked very well, 2.5 Rico orange box for bari sax. It was by far the best that this clarinet has ever played. It sounded and felt much like the bass clarinet I used to play than a mutant beast that I constantly have to wrestle with. I bought another box, but it came with the newer plastic reed packing. Every single one of them sounded awfully stuffy and felt very constricted, but none of the problems existed on bari sax. I bought some Vandoren blue box #3 and it felt a lot better, but not as that first box of Ricos. I now have only one of the original rico reed left. Anything recommendations? Why would the first pack play very well and the 2nd pack play god awful? Is it because the first one had tissue packing and the 2nd one have plastic cases for the reeds?