When choosing a reed, it's important to consider your own strengths as a player before making any decisions. Typically, reeds come in 5 types ranging from soft to hard. The softer the reed is, the easier it is to play, which makes them great for those who are just starting. On the other hand, the harder the reed is, the fuller and thicker your sound will be. If you're a beginner or an intermediate clarinetist, a level-2 reed would be a great choice, and the Bb Clarinet Reeds are one of Rico's best sellers. Cut from Rico's most flexible grade of cane, these reeds are designed for a variety of playing situations, and they're also very affordable. Of course, saxophonists have plenty of options as well, and the Plasticover Soprano Saxophone Reeds are ideal for outdoor ensembles like marching bands. Coated with plastic to resist changes to climate, Plasticover reeds have excellent projection, which also makes them preferred by jazz and pop musicians.
Now, if you're an experienced concert clarinetist, check out the Grand Concert Select Thick Blank Bb Clarinet Reeds. Specially cut from premium cane for a warm tone and articulate response, these reeds are stable and consistent in every register. For that matter, the same can be said for the Rico Reserve Baritone Saxophone Reeds. By using high-density lower-internode cane, precision natural diamond cutters, optical laser measuring, and state-of-the-art polishing, the expertise that went into Rico Reserve reeds is nothing short of incredible.
As you've probably realized at this point, Rico's reed section is far-reaching, so you shouldn't have any problem finding a perfect pack. When you get right down to it, both soft and hard reeds have their benefits, and you can bet that a world-renowned reed maker like Rico specializes in all types.