I am a multi-instrumentalist and I play keys and sax and sometimes I have to play keys for a while and no matter how good a wood reed I have, I would have to wet it to then play. This plays as soon as you put it on. I have tried the BARI and Fibracell reeds but so far, this is the one I find sounds closest to a real wood reed. It feels funny, you'll have to get used to it. One more thing, their #2 feels like a #3 but once you play it for a while, you will understand why it's 'harder'. It needs to be a bit stiffer to give you the sound you're accustomed to with the softer feeling reed. At first I thought 'can this be much better than any of the others'. I think it is. Buy one, you have nothing to lose except wait time on moistening a wooden reed, changing a wooden reed constantly..
franky g. a.k.a. latinkeys