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 Re: LaVoz Reeds
Author: LGS316217 
Date:   2018-03-05 21:41

I'm a devotee of the plastic holders too. I've used Mitchell Lurie since before they were acquired by Rico and I still use them, though I have my doubts as to whether they're of the same quality as they were pre- Rico. Anyway, they came in the plastic holders, and still do, but with one important change: The holders no longer hinge open so that you lay the reed in the bottom then close the holder. Now the holders are a one piece unit and you slide the reed in and out through a slot. There's a hole on the bottom that you can poke with a finger or pencil eraser to move the reed along, but man, this set up created some minor chest pain for me, especially when my 10 year old daughter started playing and I was trying to help her manage the intricacies of reed maintenance, protection, and application to the mouthpiece. (Despite my anal instruction style she still managed to put a significant gauge in the tip of the new Yamaha mouthpiece I bought her, but I digress.) She and I both trashed a fistful of reeds by accidentally jamming them into that slot and into the sides of the holders when putting them in. Some got pretty well stuck in there too and I had to pry them out using a pencil eraser applied to the hole on the bottom of the holder. (Reminded me of using said eraser to respool cassette tapes that had run out of the cassette. Now between this digression and my reverence for pre- Rico Mitchell Lurie, you have an idea of my age.) I found every old hinged holder I could and put the rest of our reeds in them. Since then, I've started using a Rico reed vitalizer case, which has solved the problem (though sliding the reeds under the rubber band inside still requires care). BTW, does anyone know how often the humidity packs in those vitalizers should be changed?

Amy Paul

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