Rico Clarinet Reeds

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Rico Clarinet Reeds

Clairnet - Clarinet Reed

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Review of "Rico Clarinet Reeds"

published 29/01/2004 | bolte
Member since : 20/06/2003
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Pro extremely playable and very cheap
Cons horribly underrated
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all the quality (ok, most of the quality) of van doren's and only half as expensive. they may not be the best reed out there, but they're still a very good quality product. Plus, while they're playability and durability are high, the price is low. you can get two rico reeds cheaper than two van doren reeds, and each rico will last as long as any other high-quality reed out there. the name does not hold the prestige of van doren's, in fact it invokes an opposite response when asked what type of reed you play on, but i would never switch from my ricos. when you play a lot, you're more likely to break your reed, and when that happens you don't want it to be an expensive reed that only just got broken in; you'd rather it was something cheap, with the potential to last as long as that same expensive product. i know over here for marching band the potential for a broken reed is high at every practice and every game, and almost all of us use ricos; same quality, not a big loss when you chip it during the run-on.

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  • poooookie published 16/06/2004
    Normal Rico reeds are normally those which aren't good enough to be sold as rico royal or rico select etc, so i find them poor quality - they're alright for beginners, but for clarinettists of a good standard wanting a good tone, you need a better reed - i use vandorens
  • areliuga published 20/04/2004
    good review, katie xxx
  • CareBear published 29/01/2004
    Not sure about the comment that the more you play the more likely you are to break the reed!? Rico's come in several varieties and not all are as bad as the basic Rico. The Royal range is not far off a Vandoren but you will need to get a different strength to maintain the same control. Reed quality does matter if you seek a well controlled, rounded sound.
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Product Information : Rico Clarinet Reeds

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Clairnet - Clarinet Reed

Product Details

Long Name: Clarinet Reeds

Type: Clairnet

Genre: Clarinet Reed

Manufacturer: Rico


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