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Rico Royal tenor saxophone reeds are designed for the advancing and for the professional player, and are made to exacting specifications. They are Fr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Tenor sax reed for professionals or enthusiastic amateurs.

Rico Royal tenor saxophone reeds are designed for the advancing and for the professional player, and are made to exacting specifications. They are French filed for freedom of response, especially in the low register, adding clarity to the tone and making soft attacks easier. Designed for a wide variety of playing situations, Rico Royal alto sax reeds are high-quality reed for serious saxophonist, yet are priced affordably to meet the needs of both professionals and students.

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Professional-quality reed for all musical applications
Premium grade cane for consistent response and playability
French filed for flexibility and fast response

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Rico RoyalTenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • No (8)

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The standard

There's a lot of reeds out there but you won't find one more widely used than this one. I often use them right out of the box and most play fine for rock to...Read complete review

There's a lot of reeds out there but you won't find one more widely used than this one. I often use them right out of the box and most play fine for rock to pop. I always use 2 1/2 with a wide tip opening metal MP. There's a big difference between plain Rico's and Rico royal. Working them using the normal methods always extends life and playability but you can't go wrong with these.

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I would not buy these again

I have been playing the same mouthpiece for 40 years and have played the Rico Royal most of those years. When I have ordered them before and would get probably three or four reeds...Read complete review

I have been playing the same mouthpiece for 40 years and have played the Rico Royal most of those years. When I have ordered them before and would get probably three or four reeds per box I could perform with. I got zero this time. None of them will sing.

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5.0

consistently good

By 

from NW

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

I have used these reeds for 40 years, and they continue to be my top choice.

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5.0

fare deal on reeds

By 

from Stanley, NC

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Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

great

Service and delivery comments:

great

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5.0

Rico Royals or now known as Royals have gotten better

By 

from Virginia Beach, VA

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Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

I have played regular Rico reeds for a long time. I still like them. However every once in a while I'll revisit a reed I used to use. Such is the case of the Royal Reed. I bought a box a while back and just started to get into them. Of the 4 I tried 2 are really buzzing and vibrating well. Everything from low Bb either as a sub tone or a regular attack up to the altissimo is really playing well. Of the other 2 reeds 1 is good and the 4th reed is a practice reed. So that is a 75% batting average.

The newer Royals seem to play better than the older Rico Royals from a few years ago. They seem to have more umph to them than what I remember. They also seem to respond a bit faster than the regular Rico's. However I went through some new Rico's today and found a few that really vibrated. Also while we are talking reeds you might want to try the Regal Queens reeds also. They are a bit harder but some of them really vibrate well. On all of these brands I use a 2.5 tenor reed on my 60's vintage metal Otto Link 8*.

If a reed gives me some good edge to the sound (highs), sub tones down to low Bb and has an even sound over the whole range of my tenor sax than I will use it. I hope this helps some people out there.

FYI - I am a retired tenor sax/clarinet player from the Navy Band in Norfolk, VA. I play in Jazz Combos, pit orchestras, and backup bands for name acts. In the the Navy beside what I already mentioned I played tenor/bari/alto/clarinet/bass clarinet in Show Bands, Rock Band, Variety Bands, Dixie Groups, Concert Band, Ceremonial Band and Marching Band. Oh yeah, I've been in 14 Military Tattoos both here in the Norfolk area and in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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5.0

Box left on back porch in rain for hours.

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from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

Box was left out on porch and it was soaked. Have not opened reed box yet. Don't know how weather may have effected the reeds? Will let you know!

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1.0

I would not buy these again

By 

from Branson MO

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • There are no Pros this time.

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • kindling

Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

I have been playing the same mouthpiece for 40 years and have played the Rico Royal most of those years. When I have ordered them before and would get probably three or four reeds per box I could perform with. I got zero this time. None of them will sing.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

9 out of 10 of the reeds work...amazing!

By 

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • consistant

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

Years ago I always played on Rico Royal reeds. At a point years ago they became very inconsistent. Lately, after many years, I decided to give them another try. 9 out of 10 of the new box of Royals I just opened were excellent.

 
5.0

Best reeds right out of the box

By 

from Florida

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

      Play on a metal wide tip mouthpiece. I have been using these reeds for over thirty years.

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Reeds!

      By 

      from Oxon Hill, MD

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

      I'm an Old School alto and tenor player and have seeking a reed that would help me play with a sound reminiscent of the 40's and 50's horn players of the last century. Though I love the Frederick Hemke and the Rigotti Gold reeds, I had an idea to try the Rico Royal to see if they still produced as they did in the days of old - I'm so very glad I did because I was SO-NOT-DISAPPOINTED !!!. Great Reeds!!! I emphatically recommend these reeds, especially for those who remember and would like to emulate the tones and sounds of Lester Young, Don Byas, Illinois Jaquett, Dexter Gordon....

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      5.0

      Royal reeds review

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      from Cromwell, MN

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      Pros

      • Good Price
      • Superior Quality
      • Very Expressive

      Cons

      • None
      • Not A Loud Reed

      Best Uses

      • For Fine Control

      Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

      The royal is a great reed, have not had a bad one yet, easy to control. Use with a medium mouthpiece like a Yamaha 4C.

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      5.0

      The Best Value for Reeds!

      By 

      from San Antonio, TX

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      Pros

      • Excellent Quality
      • Great Availability
      • Most Inexpensive
      • Very Popular Brand

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Musical Genres

        Comments about Rico Royal Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 10:

        Finding an affordable box of reeds (most inexpensive I found from multiple popular sites) that is in stock AND in the strength I want (Size 1.5) is an excellent value...thank you!

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