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Reeds Filed/unfiled reeds

Moz

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I use Rico Jazz Select 3 Medium reeds. For no particular reason I use unfiled reeds but there are also filed reeds wherein instead of the 'cuticle' shape halfway up the reed -- which is naturally how the reed would appear when shaved -- the manufacturer has filed a straight-cut across.

My query is why is this done? Is it because it gives a different tone or is it just to provide a 'straight-edge' allowing you to position the reed the same each time you use it?


Martin
 

jonf

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Well, I think it gives a different tone, particularly on RJS, which are my favourite. Seems brighter and clearer.

It may well all be in my mind :shocked: but it's filed for me every time.
 

old git

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Just one problem, can't use Lebayle Solist ligature with filed, as it look like it fits on to the filed part of the reed which would defeat the reason for filing.
 

Martin

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I read somewhere (maybe on the Rico web page...can't really remember), that filed reeds give a slightly brighter tone, so I've been buying filed, until recently when I started using Rico plasticovers, which are brighter still.

Martin
 

TomMapfumo

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That is correct - I used to play unfiled Rico Jazz Selects for quite a time (shifted to Alexander DC's and Francois Louis Excellence's) and like the more robust sound, but now prefer filed. The FLE's have an excellent balance of bright/robust/fine, and the DC's were darker and slightly finer in sound than the RJS's.

Always worth trying Marca Jazz reeds for the ultimate in filed IMHO.
 

half diminished

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That is correct - I used to play unfiled Rico Jazz Selects for quite a time (shifted to Alexander DC's and Francois Louis Excellence's) and like the more robust sound, but now prefer filed. The FLE's have an excellent balance of bright/robust/fine, and the DC's were darker and slightly finer in sound than the RJS's.

Always worth trying Marca Jazz reeds for the ultimate in filed IMHO.

I use a Marca Jazz 3 reeds and they are brilliant. Not what I would call bright though.
 

dooce

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On a very brief encounter, I was very disappointed with the new Vandoren Java Red filed reeds - no where near as playable as the standard Java which work for me straight out of the box - but maybe I need to work on it a bit more.
 

ManEast

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On a very brief encounter, I was very disappointed with the new Vandoren Java Red filed reeds - no where near as playable as the standard Java which work for me straight out of the box - but maybe I need to work on it a bit more.

Na.
I would just stick with the standard Java !
 

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