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Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds 

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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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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
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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5.0

good out of the box

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from Buckeye, Az

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Pros

  • Consistency

Cons

  • Rising Price

Best Uses

  • Rock Roll

Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

I have been using the Rico Plasticover reeds for my Alto Sax for about 3 years. They are very consistent in quality. I find that they have a very bright tone with plenty power. I find that I do have to moisten them before they are ready to play. The plasticover does come off after time.
I am very happy with them as a whole.

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5.0

I finally found the reed for me!!!!

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from Pittsburgh PA

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Pros

  • This Is The One For Me

Cons

  • A Little Pricey For Me

Best Uses

    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    I decided to try to play my sax after many years of letting it lie idle in the attic. I found this reed to be very good for me and see no reason to ever change.

    I play a Yahama alto sax. The only problem that I see so far, is that the coating begins to come off fairly quickly.

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    5.0

    Consistent

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    from Peru, Indiana

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    Pros

    • Long Lasting Consistency

    Cons

    • A Little High In Price

    Best Uses

    • Every Day

    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    I play a lot on weekends with different bands. I also play in church, community bands and musicals. You don't have to worry about finding a good one..

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    4.0

    The Rock & Roll reed.

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    from Macon, GA

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    Good reed for those gigs that require more edge, volume and a brighter tone. As with many cane reeds, there are few in each box that give an excellent response. You need to buy several boxes at a time to have a good supply that are ready to play.

    Some players are critical of the plasticover reed due to the tone. It may not be for you and certainly not good for classical music. But for the "rock & roll" gigs they can produce a brighter tone which works well in some situations.

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    5.0

    how to make it easier to play

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    from Irvine, CA

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    bought a box of #2 which seems still a little stiff for a beginner like myself. so I rubber the inner side plastic off with a fine sand paper. it works like wonder after that.... easy to play, gentle to your lips and last a long time comparing to the regular ones.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rico Plastic cover

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    from Sebastopol

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    Yes, I know the argument. Cane reeds sound better, are warmer, etc. However, these reeds, although a little bright, play every time, right out of the box without shaving and sanding. And, they last at least twice as long as a cane reed. I have come back to them after trying a ton of different reeds.

     
    5.0

    Good reed for "party music"

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    from Macon, GA

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    Use these on alto, tenor and bari. For "party music" these reeds can produce a tone that is good for combo work when volume and edge is needed. Combined with a high baffle m/p and a quality mic they will help cut through when needed yet can produce a warm tone when needed depending on your m/p. Plenty of volume. Yes they lack just a shade of core when compared to some cane reeds so it depends on your gigs. I simply find that for real pushing roof raising music they do the job very well. I would not use them for concert band where you want a darker tone to blend. As for consistency I believe they are just about as good and just about as poor as all brands today. I normally purchase several boxes at a time knowing that I might get a real good box with all 5 working well or I may get 2-3 that work well. Same as cane for that matter.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great reed and works everytime!

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    from South Holland, IL

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    I have tried almost every reed of almost every maker from rico to vandoren. I went from rico jazz selects, rico royals, vandoren java reds, vandoren zz, v16,and finally I went back to these. If there's one thing I love about these reeds it's that every reed works every single time. I now use these reeds on my soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone and I am loving them! It's also a very easy reed to play and it feels nice to finally have a reed that can give me the same great sound everytime.

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    4.0

    eh. ok.

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    from florida

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    I bought a box of these to try with my new meyer hard rubber 7 medium mouthpiece. it was pretty cool but the tone wasn't very good. it sounded pretty nice in the range of the g above the staff and above, but it was very buzzy in the lower-middle rage. i may have just gotten the wrong stiffness. i got a 3. i mentioned the reeds to my teacher after i bought them and he told me they were bad with our kind of florida weather and humidity but they were nice in the north. just not for me.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great reed, but...

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    from Hagerstown, MD

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    Comments about Rico Plasticover Alto Saxophone Reeds:

    These reeds play really well. There's virtually no break in time since there's a plastic coating, and the tone and projection of the reeds is fantastic. There's only one downside. If you grind to hard on the reed, the plastic coating comes off of the reed. The coating comes off in little scrapes.

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