I started playing clarinet in 6th grade and played through 7th and the beginning of 8th, but I developed sort of an allergic reaction. After playing for a few minutes my lips will become really sore and raw and after playing for the entirety of band class, my entire lower lip and the skin underneath is completely raw and as you can believe, it hurts quite a bit.
I ended up switching to flute and played it through the end of 8th grade and the beginning of 9th grade (marching band, which is where I am right now). But, I don’t like the flute at all and my heart truly lies with the clarinet and saxophones. I talked to my band director about switching and he said I could switch to alto.
I feel like that was unnecessary information, I’m sorry :/
Anyway, my real question is, should I get a synthetic reed or a Rico Plasticover? I don’t have much money and I know synthetic reeds are somewhat expensive but I also heard that the Plasticover coating comes off quickly, therefore exposing the reed and making my allergy come back. I don’t know, if a Plasticover is just not worth it in my case, then I’ll spend the extra money on a synthetic but I don’t know which I should use. Thanks for any help! xx