Rico Plasticover reed for Tenor Saxophone, strength 4, Coated with plastic to resist changes in moisture and climate, coating provides durability and clear tone, most flexible grade of cane for instant response, french- filed for fast response
I have literally used plasticover reeds for decades. I keep coming back to them because they last. The sound is good, obviously, I like the slightly reedier, high tones coming off the harder surface, did I mention that they last? Its a combination of strength from the coating and the covering of the bamboo with some kind of soft coating so your spit doesn't go in, become soggy and when not used for a while therefore dries and hardens and, in so doing, make the reed "stale". The plastic coating tries to prevent that. The only drawback is when the coating wears out, depending on frequency of use, it chips away and then the moisture goes in the uncovered parts of the reed. However I still use them for dozens of gigs, until they are too difficult to tune. I normally use 3.5 but wanted to try a harder version because sometimes the reed closes when using a smaller tip opening. I'm happy with the slight strength increase, it makes it a tiny bit firmer.
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