Plastic reeds.

by Alan
(Michigan)

I usually play on a Rico wood 2 1/2 reed. I use a baritone reed on a large chamber Tenor mouthpiece, as the rails are quite wide. Would I use a soft or medium plastic reed and can you recommend a brand?
Thanks.

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Dec 05, 2009
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Plastic Reeds
by: Joseph Lowndes

I too use rico reeds I just bought from EBAY a Soft Plastic Reed Bari so I will no more when I get the reed. I have read different comments about the plastic reeds. You can do a Goggle Search on them and read the comments

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no plastic
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't recommend using a plastic reed at all. And I'd suggest switching from Rico to Vandoren-the blue box. And since you're using a tenor mouthpiece, you should use tenor reeds even if the rails are wide. Tenor is for tenor and bari is for bari.

I know this probably isn't the answer you were looking for but I'm confident this'll be helpful.

Good luck!


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Every answer is good!
by: Anonymous

I appreciate your comment. thanks! I had a plastic reed years back, dont know what the brand was. I liked the brightness of it, but didn't like the fact that I seemed to slide around on it and it did cause me to salivate a lot. But, I thought I wouls try it again, just to save $ on buying reeds, it seems like I get only a few usable reeds in a box. I will try the Vandoren's, thanks for your comments!

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Reeds
by: Shadowman

Well, I bought a plastic reed off e-bay. It had a little burr on the corner edge. Now, it says on the box that plastic can be filed or shaved just like cane reeds. Well when I tried to CAREFULLY shave off the burr...it came off, but so did the corner of the reed. Never had problems shaving wood reeds. I will stick to wood. I ordered the Rico Jazz filed, I understand they give an edge and quick response.
I use the baritone reed ( although I did order tenor reeds this time ) on the tenor mouthpiece because the rails are wide...it works. I saw a mouthpiece designer on the web that recommends using baritone reeds with a particular piece he makes, as the rails are also wide.

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