Every reed player I know use Vandoren reeds, amateurs and pro players alike. Top quality, wood is 'sturdy' and won't break easily, easily humidified, vibration response is on point. Best quality/price ratio! Number 2 are great when you begin, they are giving me enough breath and control!
Mainly using these for practicing / playing some Jazz - Fusion.
These reeds last long, but you are sacrificing a little bit in sound, don't get me wrong, you can get rich tones with these but you can always get a little better sound, (but it also represents more money).