One of the defining aspects of the woodwind family is that the majority of its instruments produce their sound with the help of a reed. In fact, clarinet and saxophone reeds are so crucial to the tone of those instruments that many players insist on using only their preferred brand - and for a lot of them, that brand is Rico. You'll find Rico reeds in a wide variety of cuts and strengths, so no matter which size clarinet or sax you play and how stiff you like your reed, there's bound to be something for you here in this section. And once you've given them a try, maybe you'll become one of those musicians who swears by Rico reeds.
Most of the options in Rico's catalog are standard cane reeds, available in packs of varying count so you can get as many at a time as you need in order to keep up with your playing habits. For instance, if you're a professional musician going through a few reeds a week or an instructor supplying multiple students, you'll likely appreciate a big package like the Rico Tenor Saxophone Reeds, Box of 25 or Rico Alto Clarinet Reeds, Box of 25. On the other hand, for a more casual player making less frequent changes, a pack of three will probably have you covered.
If you're searching for a reed that's a little bit different from the traditional, maybe one of Rico's Plasticover reeds is for you. Including cuts like the Rico Plasticover Baritone Saxophone Reeds and Rico Plasticover Bb Clarinet Reeds, these are like hybrids between cane and synthetic reeds - you still get the natural tone and feel of a cane reed, but the coating helps hold the reed together and seal out moisture, delivering more synthetic-like consistency.
In the end, it's up to you to decide which reed is best for your personal playing style. Sometimes the only way to do that is to hear them in action, so if you're new to Rico reeds, it's definitely worth sampling a few to see how they perform in your instrument. Or, if you've already got a good impression of them and you're ready to join the list of Rico users, there's no time like now to stock up with a box of your choice!