SYNTHETIC REEDS: Cane Mutiny?
Due to advances in technology, better marketing, the current tight economy, dissatisfaction with the inconsistencies of cane and the availability of a real and viable option; the result seems to be that more woodwind players than ever before are switching to synthetic reeds and regretting it less.
The cane vs. synth debate is presented pretty much on point elsewhere, so no need to go down Redundancy Rd. here.
Reeds, like mouthpieces, combs and toothbrushes are, of course, very personal items. As a former cane and long time synthetic reed user myself, I can only attempt to enlighten from my own experience with both.