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Rico Select Jazz Filed Tenor Saxophone ReedsThe Rico Select Jazz cut yields excellent projection and a clear, fat tone by virtue of its well-defined heart and longer vamp. Other characteristics of this reed are its great flexibility and fast response. This reed is available with or without a French file (please note, this item listing is for the FILED verson).The debate rages on in saxophone forums all across the web. Filed, or unfiled? The conventional wisdom is that the unfiled are a little less bright, but that they can be pushed to achieve the brightness they fail to display right out of the gate. As to whether that charactersitic is an attribute or a detriment, or as to whether that is even an accurate characterization is ultimately up to the individual player.
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I was a lifetime Vandoren Java 3 1/2 user...until I got fed up with the "candy wrapper" packaging and all the environmental waste that their boxes produce. On a whim, I tried these reeds--$4 cheaper per box and consistent, consistent, consistent every time! These reeds are incredible! They have a fabulous pop/jazz sound (I use 3 medium) and I can play them right out of the box. If you try these you won't go back!
Rico Jazz Selects are good reeds. However i have noticed significant quality control issues with the reeds. I will get one box and it will have 4-5 great ones, and the next box will have 5 reeds that are warped, and inconsistent strengths. I have had to switch reeds from rico in order to save money.
I first had vandorn for my tenor and those were good but the high range notes just didn't sound the best so I dicieded to try these and when I opened the pack got set up and then played some notes and I was stuned these reeds are amazing I have never heared any other reed sound so smooth and jazzy you should defently buy these reeds.
I've been playing for about 20 years and have always favored Rico reeds. In high school, I played Rico Royals exclusively and started using Rico Select Jazz shortly after they were introduced when I was in college.
To me Rico Select Jazz play like a beefier, bolder sounding Rico Royal. The vamp of the reed is a little bit longer than Royals, and I suspect it adds to the increased projection and warm harmonic buzz. There are many reeds like Vandoren ZZ, Rigotti Gold, Alexander Superials etc that are very responsive with nice brilliant overtones, but the sound doesn't hold together and stay as centered and focused as it does with Rico Jazz. I find this to be particularly true in the upper register, where other reeds will "collapse" and the body of the sound disappears. I think these reeds play very similarly to Alexander DC's.
I think they work well with just about any mpc, and they're very popular among players for good reason. The price is competitive too, so they're definitely a must try.
My only criticisms are the inconsistency, and that the reeds don't seem to last too long. This is true of most brands so isn't a big deal. Occasionally I'll get a box of reeds where the cane is that god-awful milky white color, and there's little resilience. I'd say I get about 40% that I feel comfortable performing on. For me that's about par for the course.
I find these reeds to be really consistent and I use them exclusively on my tenor. If you haven't tried them give them a shot. I recommend them to all my students.
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