Rico Reserve baritone saxophone reeds are the result of more than 75 years of reed-making expertise. High-density lower-internode cane, precision nat...Click To Read More About This Product
Rico Reserve baritone saxophone reeds are the result of more than 75 years of reed-making expertise. High-density lower-internode cane, precision natural diamond cutters, optical laser measuring, color video inspection, and state-of-the-art polishing have all been integrated to produce the finest reeds ever.
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I earlier reviewed the Rico Reserve bari sax reed after having been given some of them by the Rico representative at the 2011 International Sax Symposium at George Mason University. Now, I have purchased 3 boxes (of 5 reeds each) in strength 4. Therefore I have a little more experience with them. My favorite remains the Alexander D.C. reed in strength 3.5, but the Rico Reserve is a close second. The Rico Reserve Strength 4 is a bit buzzier than the Alexander strength 3.5, but is just as easy to play. Consistency is about the same with these two brands. Perhaps the strength 4.5 in the Rico is less buzzy, but I haven't tried this strength yet. Longevity is too early to tell, but so far I believe the two reeds might be about the same. Since the Rico Reserve is less expensive than the Alexander D.C., I think that I will continue playing the Rico but will keep a supply of the Alexander handy for special occasions.
These Bari reeds are spectacular! I had originally been using Vandoren Blue Box 3 and a half strength reeds. My tone was a little big edgy and bright for my taste. My professor suggested the reserves and I've never looked back. The tone that these reeds produce are gorgeous!These reeds are harder than the Blue Boxes from Vandoren and most other reeds I have tried. The only problem is that they don't last as long as most other reeds. But it's worth it!
I am basing this review on having tried only a few Rico Reserve bari sax reeds. I received a sample of two reeds each in strengths of 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 from a Rico representative at the 2011 International Saxophone Symposium in January. I normally play Alexander DC reeds in strength 3.5; the representative said that Rico Reserve reeds were harder than most other reeds, so that is why I was given some weaker reeds for trial than is normal for me. I find that the Rico bari reed is marginally weaker than the Alexander, so I gave the softer 4 reeds away. Of the two strength 3.5 reeds, one was much weaker than the Alexander, and the other about the same. The reeds seem to me to have a thicker and longer heart than other reeds with a thinner edge. The sound compared to the Alexander reed is more buzzy, but not greatly so. The length is marginally longer than the Alexander, and does not have the "French" cut. Overall, the reed seems to me to be worthy of further evaluation. It is easy to play with no extraordinary resistance that is found in some other brands. I have ordered a pack of 5 reeds in strength 4.0. Perhaps some of these will have to be reduced in strength using sandpaper, considering that the two sample reeds were not so consistent in strength. My personal preferences: I like reeds that are not buzzy. I play a Morgan 1C baritone mouthpiece (= Selmer tip size C, with large barrel like a Rascher mouthpiece, bass sax ligature). Moreover, I have tried quite a lot of brands of reeds from Rico as well as from many other manufacturers so that I believe that I am experienced in evaluating reeds to my liking. Another consideration: the Rico Reserve bari sax reed is currently being sold for $8 -- $10 less than the Alexander reeds that I have preferred.
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