So here's the deal about these great reeds. These are the only reed I'll ever use for classical, marching band, or orchestral music. They provide a quick response, a nice, even tone, easy playability and great storage-to-playing capability. Easily played loudly or with delicate touch, these reeds are perfect for the most professional musician as well as beginners who want the best tone possible. I've been playing for 10 years now and again only use these reeds for anything other than jazz.