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Rico Saxophone Reeds

With a Filed reed the bark is removed with a definite cut before the vamp is shaped. With Unfiled reeds the vamp is shaped straight into the bark. So, what difference does this make? Well it's really a reference to the French style of Filed reeds and the American style of Unfiled reeds.

How the two different styles respond differently has a large amount to do with the mouthpiece style and the player. Most manufacturers state the Filed reeds have a more focused, flexible tone whereas Unfiled reeds will have a more powerful, dark, projecting sound. Every player finds their own preference here though so nothing is set in stone but there is method in the madness!!

Vandoren Traditional Reeds

Rico Orange Box

  • Designed for ease of use
  • Cut from the most flexible type of cane
  • Unfiled for powerful tone
  • Excellent price for new players and teachers
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Vandoren Java Reeds

Rico Royal

  • French filed for flexibility, fast response and clarity of tone
  • ´Clean´ sound suits Classical or Jazz
  • Premium cane for consistent response
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Vandoren V16 Reeds

La Voz

  • Designed for ease of use
  • Premium cane for consistent response
  • The choice of many top jazz musicians
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Vandoren ZZ Reeds

Rico Jazz Select

  • Available in Filed or Unfiled
  • Premium cane for longevity
  • Strong, well defined heart and longer vamp for unprecedented projection
  • Excellent price for new players and teachers
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Vandoren ZZ Reeds

Plasticover

  • Coated with plastic to resist changes in moisture and climate
  • Ideal for outdoor use or for doublers making quick instrument changes. French filed for fast response
  • The durable coating provides a clear, projecting tone for pop/rock/funk work
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Vandoren ZZ Reeds

Hemke

  • Shorter vamp for dark tone, favoured by classical and tradition jazz players
  • Premium cane for longevity
  • French Filed for better response and easier ´soft attacks´
  • Thinner tip for better articulation
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Vandoren ZZ Reeds

Rico Reserve

  • The result of 5 years research and over $10 Million investment. Made exclusively from lower internode cane (higher density for better tone)
  • Precision cut with Diamond blades for accuracy and consistency
  • Each box is sealed with a humidity control system
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