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I've been playing with traditional Vandoren reed strenght 3, and Rico Royal strengt 3,5

I want to try the Vandoren Java.

What is the difference between red and green java? And is is a big difference from the traditonal Vandoren or Rico?

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This is entirely a matter of what works for you. Not to mention that, if reeds are anything like what they were in my playing days :-( , you'll have to try at least a couple boxes' worth to decide if the good ones are to your liking. – Carl Witthoft Feb 11 '14 at 14:47
True that what you prefer is a matter of what works for you, but I think the questioner is asking about the objective difference between two products by the same manufacturer. Since I haven't actually used them, I'll just post this as a comment, but according to their website the red box is supposed to be more flexible and have more "tonal body" than the green. My guess is that green will be a bit firmer and easier to control, but red may have more pitch flexibility. – Pat Muchmore Feb 11 '14 at 19:47
As a clarinetist, I find that Vandorens are about 1/4 strength harder than Ricos. – Reina Abolofia Feb 13 '14 at 18:31
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If you have a local music shop, I'd suggest going down there and sampling a few different varieties. I, personally, have found little success with the JAVA series and have seen better consistency in Rico Jazz Select (cheaper, too!).

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