I like the sound of the cane reed. But I understand about the lack of fuss and consistency. My playing has been limited to my basement during teaching, so I’ve been slowly moving towards synthetics. Plus I have some instruments that don’t get to see the light of day often, so having a synthetic in the case is helpful.
Here’s a question, how does the Royal 2.5 strength compare to the Legere Sig 2.25? Is one a littler easier to blow into, or about the same?
I find the Legere chart to be quite troublesome. Following their chart, the Sig 2.25, would be much harder compared to the Royal. Because they list D’Addario softer than a Vandoren. But if you correct it with the D’Addario chart (where Vandoren/D’Addario are roughly aligned), then your 2 reeds might be closer in strength than the chart shows.
On my list of to dos is to make a spreadsheet that makes for easier to compare reed strengths.
Rico/Royal/Juno are student level reeds. They’re less expensive, because beginning young students tend to break reed often. D’Addario/Vandoren are more expensive (as is Legere), but they are higher quality.