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Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds  Strength 4 Box of 5

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Designed to resist moisture and climate changes, Plasticover is ideal for use in outdoor ensembles such as marching band, and for doublers who need t...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Coated for durability and consistency

Designed to resist moisture and climate changes, Plasticover is ideal for use in outdoor ensembles such as marching band, and for doublers who need to make quick changes between instruments. Whether in moist tropics or in desert heat, Plasticover responds instantly. The durable coating also provides a clear, projecting tone, making Plasticover a favorite with jazz, studio and pop musicians.

FEATURES
  • Coated with plastic to resist changes in moisture and climate
  • Coating provides durability and clear tone
  • Most flexible grade of cane for instant response
  • French-filed for fast response
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RicoPlasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again and again

I have used Rico Royal, Vandorn and other name brands in the past. Rico Plasticover reeds give me the best quality sound I need to perform at a professional level...

I have used Rico Royal, Vandorn and other name brands in the past. Rico Plasticover reeds give me the best quality sound I need to perform at a professional level...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inconsistant

I purchased a box of the Plasitcover Alto 2 strength reeds which were comperable to the La Voz medium soft which I use. Out of the box of 5 reeds, only 1 were...Read complete review

I purchased a box of the Plasitcover Alto 2 strength reeds which were comperable to the La Voz medium soft which I use. Out of the box of 5 reeds, only 1 were usable at best. Very Inconsistant for the others were very hard. I double between saxes and often times my normal reed warps so this sounds like a great idea but much too expensive to purchase a box for possibly one decent one.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer Reeds!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

These reeds are great. Plastic Cover is the only cain reed that is truly a tad brighter and buzzier sounding. They do not swell nearly as much as other cain reeds. In other words, you can play the reed for an hour without having to take it off and stroke it with a razor blade to get it flat again. Pretty consistant and they last longer than most reeds. Definently give'em a try.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rico plasticover reed

By John L

from Macon, GA

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Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

      If you are playing a lot of rock & roll style gigs and need some extra volume these reeds can help get you there. The coating also helps to produce a little of the gritty tone and edge that fits well in the rock/funk style. And some jazz players also like the results. I do not recommend them for concert band. You might want to buy several boxes at a time because the % of reeds that respond real good can be limited in any one box. This of course is no different than any brand of reed since it is natural cane. I have also tried the various synthetic reeds for the rock gig but have never played one that produces the tone that I prefer for this work. All in all a good reed for a little extra volume and a brighter tone.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Careful! These are stiffer reeds!

      By Mike

      from Yorktown, VA

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

          I had played #3 Fibracell on Alto and Soprano for years and decided to try Plasticover. I received my reeds and tried them on both horns, only to discover that #3 Plasticover was at least a 3 1/2 if not a 4.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Review

          By 9_Zjfgd9l

          from South Texas

          Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

          Great for playing in cold weather. Compared to other reeds you don't have to file these down. They let the sound come out instantly. I love these plasticover!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Thanks!

          By JoeTeach123

          from Cedar Rapids, IA-Chicago, IL-St. Pete, F

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

            These reeds continually get a bad rap from folks who have never even tried them or heard of them. They are GREAT for all styles and THE MOST CONSISTANT reeds I have ever used. Since first discovering them over 15 years ago, I have only had to discard 3 reeds. I typically discard 3 reeds per box of 10 of the "superior" reeds. Thanks again for being there!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Sax57

            from Pleasanton, Texas

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • They Are The Best

            Cons

            • No Cons

            Best Uses

            • For My Live Performances
            • Good Every Time

            Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

            I have used Rico Royal, Vandorn and other name brands in the past. Rico Plasticover reeds give me the best quality sound I need to perform at a professional level...

             
            5.0

            worked better than regular cane reeds

            By moosqi26

            from Burlington, VT

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • help cut down moisture in mouthpiece

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

              I ordered these for my alto clarinet and they were a bit too wide. I carefully shaved off a thin strip from one side, then rounded the corner with a nail file. These truly helped the issues I've been having with a 50+ year old instrument, and help keep the moisture build-up in the mouthpiece to a minimum.

               
              5.0

              So far, so good!

              By New Player

              from Maryland

              About Me Child

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • New Players
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

                Sound vibrates easily, a bit louder and stronger than without the plastic. As a young, new player, the uncoated reeds were more fragile and had variable sound quality depending on how wet/prepared it was before being placed in the ligature.

                 
                5.0

                Excellent reed for volume.

                By John L

                from Macon, GA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Helps to produce more volume, edge, brightness.
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • I question the quality of the cane used.

                  Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

                  If your gig is a smooth jazz or classical I might not recommend a plasticover reed. If you are dealing with loud guitars in a rock & roll setting then this reed will help along with your mic being up in the mix. The main things about this reed is the volume, edge and brightness that is will produce on a gig that requires this type of tone along with "attitude". Be it rock, funk, perhaps big band and so on. I have found that they also produce a fuller tone with a wide tip m/p. Some purists are negative about the tone of a plasticover. Again, it depends on your gig. I do have an issue with the quality of these reeds. Just like cane reeds, there may be 2 or 3 in a box of 5 that really respond well. I usually purchase several boxes at a time knowing that a fair number will not produce the volume and edge. But when you do get good ones you will be heard provided that you are using strong and fast air support.

                   
                  5.0

                  Recommended

                  By Ernesto

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

                  Excellent reed, I'm a begginer player and love it

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