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Coated for durability and consistency
  • 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

Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds
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.

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"Used to be great..."

by Mike F - 10/25/2009 9:49:53 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Professional 46 years All styles, mainly blues, R&B, soul TX
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I used these Plasticovers when they first came out in in the late sixties or early seventies. They were great. I play almost daily. I stopped using them about 20 years ago because the standard dropped and they were no longer consistent. Tried them again about 8 years ago and found them to be even worse, so I have been playing Rico Royals 95% of the time, but boy, is it time consuming to get one to sound like you want it! When you do find a good one, they can sound great (the Royals), but it's a lot of work & very hit or miss. They are VERY inconsistent. I've tried all of the more expensive reeds, but they don't suit me nor do the synthetics. So now there's a new packaging. Maybe the latest Plasticovers are back to their old standard, so I am going to buy several boxes with a positive attitude and hopefully I'll be really happy again. After all these years, I still adore the saxophone, but often I really envy those guitar & keyboard players who can go to their instruments and know what they're going to sound like just about every time! We have sent men to the moon, surely someone can come up with a synthetic reed that is going to sound as good as a good cane reed and be playable every time. I've dreamed about that all of my long career and if such a product were to exist I would be prepared to pay handsomely for it!

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"What a sound!"

by Bubba - 2/19/2010 10:18:57 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Musician Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk Salt Lake City, UT
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I bought these reeds because of previous reviews that I had read. I was immediately impressed with the sound of these reeds when playing rock, or with other musicians who have personal amplification. The sound is bright enough that it cuts the other instruments very well when soloing, but can still be subtile when I need them to. I found the reeds required some getting used to, as I think they respond differently than the regular cane Rico Jazz Selects that I usually use, but because of the sound projection, and the fact that they respond quite quickly when I'm doubling, and don't have the ability to keep the reeds soaked, I decided to buy a set for my alto as well.

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"Super response thoughout entire range"

by Gabriel Patrick Navarro - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
35+ years woodwinds jazz, pop, rock, gospel San Bruno, CA
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Didn't have to prepare the reed. Just took it straight out of the box and couldn't believe how responsive it was with my Runyon Quantum metal 8* mouthpiece. Altissimo was clear, cutting and robust. The bottom end extremely "punchy" - Just the way I like it. Rolling up and down the scales during cadenza was effortless. First time with these reeds, and will now be a life-long user. Wow!

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"Most Consistent in Performance"

by Frank Lucio - 12/10/2010 3:18:42 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Retired Teacher, Active Musician Jazz, Contemporary, R&B Ramona
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Generally I would find 2 or maybe 3 reeds per box that I felt I could use for a gig. It got to be pretty expensive to buy a box of 5 reeds only to find 2 that I could get the sound I was looking for out of a reed. Much of this has to do with the mouth pieces as well. Since switching to the Rico Plasticovers, I find that I am consistently getting 5 out of 5 gig ready reeds for my soprano and alto and 3 to 4 out of 5 for my tenor. I have never found this consistency with any other reed. You just put it on the mouthpiece and it is show time. I have been using the Rico plasticovers for maybe 15 years now and have no desire to experiment with other reeds. They work for me.

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"Highly recommended"

by Roy Gipson - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
28 years Jass/Nu-Jazz/Neo-soul Santa Maria, California
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I have played on a lot of reeds and I have found that these reeds are the best for the saxophonist who needs that extra edge. Straight out of the box you can begin playing without a long soaking. They give quick response and the tone quality is a killer. I have played on a lot of reeds but I have always come back to the plastic covered. I highly recommend these reeds!!!

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"Rico Plasticover"

by Matt Hoenig - 7/17/2011 7:48:01 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student no specific style Maumee, Ohio
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I used these reeds for marching and pep band. They had decent performance; however, the plastic coating gradually chipped off over the school year. It chipped off where I held my embrochure and at the place where the reeds met the mouthpiece. These reeds are NOT something you would want to use for concert band; their tone is not concert quality. However, they work well for marching band.

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"Always reliable"

by Terry Grohman - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Professional Jazz/Neo-Soul/Funk St.Louis
22 people out of 22 found this review helpful

When you are playing live and frequently, these reeds are tops - always ready to go without a long 'soak'. If you are looking for a bright, punchy reed that is ready to go at a moments notice, give these reeds a try. I have been playing on these reeds for 15 years, and have had maximum success. If you are performing live and need that little extra edge to cut through the electric instruments on stage, this is the way to go!

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"Excellent Reeds, Very Versatile."

by Brian White - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Professional Musician Jazz, Big Band, Gospel Jazz, Soft Ballads Vallejo, California
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I have been playing saxophone for 15-years and have tried all kinds of reeds throughout the years. These are excellent reeds, very versatile. I use these reeds on my Otto Link Super Tone Master 8 with Gospel Jazz and Contemporary Jazz, and on my Otto Link Super Tone Master NY 8 with Big band and Soft Ballads. Many people say you can't use them for a Paul Desmond or Stan Gets tone But I can get any tone I want out of these reeds just by adjusting my embouchure. I highly recommend these reeds for anyone looking for a very versatile reed that will do anything you want. Consistency is a little quirky at times so just be careful when you buy these and get a couple of boxes just to be safe.

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"Only reeds I play in performance"

by Gary - 1/3/2014 7:06:18 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
serious hobbyist contemporary worship, jazz, blues olympia, wa

Play Otto Link 7* for years on my Yamaha Custom 875. Played Legere and Rico royal for many years on this and then my teacher suggested trying these plasticover reeds. I haven't looked back - they're all I play when performing. They don't warp as easy as normal rico (and where I play the ventilation system dries out my reeds very quickly so this can be important for me) and seem higher quality where every reed is playable. Love the bright sound and reliability so they're worth the price.

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by rafael acevedo - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
20 + years tenor player big band, jazz combos, top 40 stuff san francisco bay area
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love these reeds. You get five reeds per box and at least five are ready to play right out of the box. I like to use them with my Dukoff hard rubber mouthpiece. The reed allows me to compete with loud guitar players very nicely. I get a nice clear tone throughout the whole range of the horn. When the reed finally and gradually loses the coating, they still remain very playable but no longer have that "edgy" sound that I like. With the edge gone, is when they are perfect for jazz or big band playing.

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