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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!
The first thing I noticed as I took these reeds out to soak them, was that 3 out of 5 reeds have chips and splits. Maybe one of the most frustrating things for a woodwind player is making reeds last, and that becomes hard when over half of the reeds in a box come ruined. The reeds that were actually in tact played well, but I was incredibly disappointed by the condition of the reeds.
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 have tried many types of reeds and found these to be very consistent. I now have my kids who are newer to the sax using them and they also have had good results with them.
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 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.
I've Purchased my share of reeds, trying to look for the right tone (Alexander Superial D.C., Vanduren Java, Rico Royal, LaVoz, Hemke, even Roberto's Winds) needless to say, I spent a fortune looking for the right reed. I think these reeds offer the highest quality sound and versatility, hands down. I purchased a box 4M and was first surprised by the range I was able to achieve. The quality cane and larger heart allowed me to play for an extended length of time while still maintaining a constant tone, that is to say other reeds may tend to soften up and dull out midway during a set, leaving you with that muffled dull sound. I am now having no problem easing the low register out during a ballad, achieving that fat robust sound, or getting a nice bright sound in any range. I also found it easier to get that "Coltrane" scream up in the altissimo. Although reeds are all preference, It would be a smart choice to try these out if your still looking for the right match. I found the reeds that I will use for a while, and I'm no longer buying boxes of reeds that I'm not happy with.
these reeds have empowered me to achieve a stronger, more aggressive sound when needed yet still maintain a mellow, sweet sound for ballads. I was introduced to these by my private teacher, and now use them exclusively on all of my horns. For me, you cannot beat 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.
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