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The Rico Select Jazz cut baritone saxophone reed features a strong, well-defined heart and longer vamp, yielding unprecedented projection and a clear, fat tone, with unsurpassed flexibility and lightning-fast response. Available with or without a French file.
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Comments about Rico Select Jazz Unfiled Baritone Saxophone Reeds:
These reeds are great! When I first tried them, compared side-by-side to Rico Hemke and La Voz and Vandoren V12 and ZZ reeds, the RJS reeds seemed like they were too difficult to play, especially in the lows (even though they were slightly softer than the rest (even according to Rico's chart)), but after a few days of practice, they became my favorite of the group. Now I don't use anything else. I prefer the unfiled variety due to their slightly warmer tone than the filed ones, but the difference is minor. If you can try them both, do so, but you aren't missing too much if you can't.
They give me better lows and much better highs than other reeds of comparable strength with the easiest altissimo by far, they're extremely consistent, and they're the most tonally flexible reeds I've ever played. One of the other reviewers claimed that these reeds only last for "a gig or two", but that has been the exact opposite of my experience - I've been using the first tenor reed I tried since I got them over six months ago, playing them nearly every day for at least an hour at a time. The only ones I have lost were due to my own clumsiness. :)
My only complaint is that the strength system is a bit confusing. It isn't too hard to figure it out using the strength chart on Rico's website, but it can be easily misleading to those still learning the witchcraft behind reeds.
All things considered, I would highly recommend these to any sax player of any genre (I even use them for classical when needed).
On an additional note (hehe) I didn't include in my reviews for the other three voices, these reeds work as well on my modern SAT as they do on my ~1928 Buescher True Tone bari with a Runyon Custom mouthpiece. I've heard from other TT players that they are some of the most fickle saxes in the world as far as mouthpieces and reeds that work with them. Maybe I'm more flexible, or maybe I just lucked out, but either way, the old foghorn sounds and feels great with that setup, even for rock & roll (my preferred genre).