Barnes & Mullins has announced a new addition to the high-end instrument reed Rico Reserve line – Reserve Classic.
Mark Nuccio, the acting principal clarinetist of the NY Philharmonic, took on a central role in the production. The Classics have been developed using revolutionary 3D reed-modeling software, underwent months of research and artistic consultation with the input of top symphonic musicians from New York, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, among others.
The Reserve Classic reeds differ from the original Reserve reeds in that they have increased warmth of sound and lightened articulation by way of a newly designed tip radius. This means, the statement said, players can fine tune their exact strength, the Classics have been specially measured to offer hard-to-find desired strengths, including 3.5+ and 4.0+. In addition, the Reserve Classic reeds use a special cane treatment process to help dramatically reduce reed warping. Each of these attributes results in a superior reed.
Each Reserve Classic reed is precisely cut on Rico’s state-of-the-art reed manufacturing machines. Special diamond cutters ensure precision and consistency from reed to reed. The Reserve Classic reeds are made exclusively from lower-internode cane, a technique that Rico pioneered, to yield the highest-density cane available. Only the lower sections of each cane pole are selected, giving greater consistency thanks to the ultra-dense structure. Reserve Classic reeds, like the original Reserve reeds, have the attractive USP that less than five percent of reed cane qualifies.
“After 25 years of making my own reeds, I’ve put down my reed knife,” commented Nuccio. “The Reserve Classic has warmth, projection and response right out of the box. They stay stable under different weather conditions with a greater percentage of performance reeds in every box.”
“We are very excited by the initial response to the new Reserve Classic reeds in the UK,” states B&M’s joint managing director, Bruce Perrin. “We have had superb feedback from a number of very demanding professionals and we know that in the US, Rico has seen the top symphonic players come back with rave reviews. Most of all, I'm very happy that we can recommend Reserve Classic reeds to professionals, teachers and their students alike with full confidence in their quality and consistency.”
Rico Reserve Classic clarinet reeds are available now and retail for £25 for a box of ten reeds. Rico is wholly owned by D'Addario and its reeds are available in Britain exclusively through Barnes & Mullins.