Rico Saxophone Reeds
Different brands, materials, cuts and strengths of saxophone reeds all promise unique benefits, and your musical style, playing level and performance environment all come into play when making a decision. At least the first choice is simple. Rico is one of the most trusted and widely-used brands of reeds, and for good reason. All Rico reeds are crafted using the world's most precise reed blanking machine, making them exceptionally consistent. From students to professional musicians, Rico saxophone reeds are a top choice for players at every level.
A great, versatile option for students and jazz musicians is the Rico Alto Saxophone Reeds. The thinner profile and blank means these reeds vibrate easily, making them a great choice for beginners and smooth operators alike. They even come in half strengths to help you find the precise feel and tone you're looking for.
For even more consistency and dependability, the Rico Reserve Tenor Saxophone Reeds are an excellent option. With their filed shoulders and thicker blank and spine, Reserve reeds make changing registers a breeze. They're made using only lower-internode cane for fewer variations and a higher-density, more durable product.
If you're in a band or ensemble that plays outdoors, the Rico Plasticover Baritone Saxophone Reeds are for you. They're hybrid reeds, meaning the natural cane is coated in a thin layer of plastic to make them resistant to humidity. They play equally well outdoors in dry heat or rainy weather. They're also more consistent and durable, much like synthetic reeds.
The most important step when deciding on a reed is to try as many different ones as possible to get a feel for what you like. Not all mouthpieces and mouths are the same, so there is no one-size fits-all solution. At least with Rico saxophone reeds there's enough variety that every player's perfect reed is here.