Designed to meet the needs of the most discriminating players, Rico Reserve reeds are the result of more than 75 years of reed-making expertise. The high-density, lower-internode cane is precision cut with natural diamond cutters. Optical laser measuring, color video inspection, as well as state-of-the-art polishing come together to produce an artist quality reed that can’t be overlooked.
Rico Reserve Bb Clarinet Reeds Reserve reeds have been literally designed from the ground up, starting with the raw material. The Reserve reeds are made exclusively from lower-internode cane a technique Rico pioneered that yields the highest-density cane available. Only the lower sections of each cane pole are selected. The Rico cane used for Reserve reeds is so exceptional that less than five percent of reed cane qualifies for the new Reserve reeds. The Reserve reed, designed for the most demanding clarinetists, was developed using revolutionary 3-D reed-modeling software. Months of research, blind surveys, and testing with the input of top symphonic musicians have resulted in a winning design. Each Reserve reed is precisely cut using French cutting techniques on Ricos newly designed, state-of-the-art reed-manufacturing machines. Special diamond cutters were developed to ensure unparalleled precision and consistency from reed to reed. New automated blanking machines have been implemented that incorporate the use of optical lasers that measure the thickness of the reed blank at the heel, center, and tip to the strictest tolerances in the industry. Color video inspection selects the highest quality cane for color and sorts out any flaws, and state-of-the-art polishing and sanding operations produce a glass-like surface to the reed table to ensure consistency.