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Rico Plasticover Tenor 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 Tenor Saxophone Reeds
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

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    (2)

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83%

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Always reliable

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...Read complete review

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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Used to be great...

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

I use these reeds live and in the studio, their consistency�

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from Vatican , Louisiana

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Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

I use plasticover reeds for professional performance

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3.0

Considering Changing To Another Brand

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from Nashville TN Area

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Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

About half of these reeds are cut too thin. You can view this when you look at butt or thick end of the reed. I guess this maximizes the reed company's profits. However, at these prices, the purchaser deserves a better and thicker cut. In using these reeds over a long period this change seems to have come about in the last few months.

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4.0

Yes

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from Nashville TN Area

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

    Good

     
    5.0

    CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

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    from Southern California

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Not for concert music or beginning students

    Best Uses

    • Live performance

    Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

    Great for performing live onstage, especially Rock and Roll. If you are continually searching for your own rock/jazz tone (and that can take many years), try this reed with various mouthpiece and ligature combinations. I used to play 4 strength, and dropped down to 2.5 for easier altissimo and vibration. They can be very powerful and get loud if needed, but definitely still give a full tone when played soft. School band directors hate these reeds for good reason and ban them.

     
    4.0

    Happy

    By 

    from Pittsburgh

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Seems Consistant To Me I

    Cons

    • I Play Better

    Best Uses

    • When You Have Low Humidit

    Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

    Easy to play

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    2.0

    Inconsistent strengths in each box

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    from Hammond, LA

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      Cons

      • Only One Reed Usable In 5

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        The Rico Plasticover reeds that I ordered contained only one useful reed in five. 1 1/2 tenor reeds are not consistent re: strength.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Longest lasting reed I've found

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        from Ct

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        Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        Longest lasting reed I've found. I use plasticover on both alto and tenor horns and makes it easier to switch between the two. Can handle extreme temperatures for outside and inside venues with ease.

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        5.0

        Excellent Reeds

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        from DeBary, FL

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        Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        These reeds work great for a colleague and I. Sometimes we are unable to soak our reeds before a rehearsal or gig and these solve that problem with the plastic coating. They are extremely valuable for those who double, as normal cane reeds tend to dry out while playing on the other instrument. Full artificial reeds are also good but are hit or miss with different instruments and mouthpieces. Plus, they cost much more. I am very happy with these reeds.

         
        5.0

        Only reeds I play in performance

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        from olympia, wa

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        Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Rico Plasticover

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        from Maumee, Ohio

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        Comments about Rico Plasticover Tenor Saxophone Reeds:

        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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