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La Voz reedguard

jeremyjuicewah

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Hi. Am trying to take better care of my reeds and have come accross ref to above. Have tried to discover exactly what it is. Is it just a reedguard such as Rico, which I think is pretty good, the scalloped type thing that takes the reed pushed in from the end, or is it a device to keep the reed dead flat beyond the ability of a normal, good guard?
All the best
Mike
 

kevgermany

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It's a flat plastic thing, mine takes 4 reeds, 2 on each side. there's flat, but finely grooved plate, and the reed sits between that and a cover plate. Keeps them well, and flat, but allows them to dry out.

If you want to keep them moist, look at the Rico guard, the holder's similar, but there's a sealed container around it and a holder for a moisturiser pad. I use mine without the pad, and the reeds are OK, slightly damp, so don't soften too much as you start to play.
 

kevgermany

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Mike, sorry, I was speaking from memory, the grooves are on the Rico, the La Voz has a slightly matte finish where the reeds sit.

LaVoz (tenor, 4 reeds - 2 on each side)
http://www.kevsgallery.com/cafesax/LaVoz2v2.jpg

Rico (Alto, 8 reeds, 4 on each side, duff clamps)
http://www.kevsgallery.com/cafesax/Ricov2.jpg

I prefer the rico as there's more protection and it holds more reeds. But the LaVoz is good. The Rico was a second, hence the duff moulding holding the reeds, but it still works really well.
 

jeremyjuicewah

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Hi Kev. Thanks for that. The La Voz is clearer. I cant see what comes down on the top surface of the reed in the Rico box. Does the whole lid clamp down on them?
 

kevgermany

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nothing clamps down on them, they're held by the straps that you can see (partial in my example).
 
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