What is the best position for a Sax reed? Is it to be level with the front edge of the mouthpiece or slightly ahead or behind the front edge? By how much. Is this the same for Clarinet too?
I have played flute for about 40 years of various styles - symphonic to folk to rock and Blues. now I am learning to play sax.
I understood that the reed's edge is to be at or equal to the front edge of the mouthpiece. However, I have found that if the reed is positioned forward/long of the front edge by about 0.5 mm that there is less squeaking. Is this my imagination or is it a personal thing that might work for me but not always for everyone.
How does this change the pitch of the instrument, i.e. flatten or sharpen the tones?