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Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone ReedsDesigned 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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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.
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.
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!
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!!!
I admit I was just curious so I bought 2.5s for tenor based on other reviews. I tried them on my Yamaha 5C and Rico Graphonite B7 - very buzzy on both. This may be what your looking for, but it's not for me. One thing I have to say, every one I tried was consistent in character...bzzz. There's probably a place for them (I remember some cold winter nights in marching band...), but can't see them for daily use.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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