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I have been a lifelong proponent of using easy-to-obtain, generic reeds.. meaning the old Ricos, and Rico-jazz selections, and more recently the Java Jazz collection. My philosophy is that you should be able to play without the need for specialist, 'designer' reeds. However, there is usually inevitably some variation within a box and a number of more-or-less useable reeds. I recently remembered that an old teacher always played on Marcas so I ordered these.. To cut it short, I have been incredibly impressed at the consistency present in the box. I am now on the 3rd box and all are 100% useable.
This is also reflected in the 'heart' profile you see when you hold the reeds up to the light, and which is more consistent than I have generally observed.
Of course this is all dependent on the length of the lay of your mpc, your embouchure, the amount of air you put through the instrument and what you want to achieve with the sound..

Just wanted to share, but for the moment I am a convert with Marca 2.5 Jazz, in combination with an RPC 110 and/or a Lamberon 8L
 

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I have been a lifelong proponent of using easy-to-obtain, generic reeds.. meaning the old Ricos, and Rico-jazz selections, and more recently the Java Jazz collection. My philosophy is that you should be able to play without the need for specialist, 'designer' reeds. However, there is usually inevitably some variation within a box and a number of more-or-less useable reeds. I recently remembered that an old teacher always played on Marcas so I ordered these.. To cut it short, I have been incredibly impressed at the consistency present in the box. I am now on the 3rd box and all are 100% useable.
This is also reflected in the 'heart' profile you see when you hold the reeds up to the light, and which is more consistent than I have generally observed.
Of course this is all dependent on the length of the lay of your mpc, your embouchure, the amount of air you put through the instrument and what you want to achieve with the sound..

Just wanted to share, but for the moment I am a convert with Marca 2.5 Jazz, in combination with an RPC 110 and/or a Lamberon 8L
Hmm, I guess your statement kind of contradictory. First you're saying that so called "designer" reeds are not all that they are claimed to be and that you are a lifelong proponent of using easy-to-obtain, generic reeds. And then you go on to praise Marca, which are not cheap generic reeds at all. In fact, they are more expensive than both Rico or Vandoren Javas.
 

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Marca’s used to be a bargain vs vando or even rico...I notice lately they’re pricey and haven’t changed anything I can see except packaging.
 

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Madav; thanks for the reed review. Because you took the time to do that, I probably will try a box. Whether or not your semantics got a little twisted is of no concern - the thing that matters is the reed information. Just one thing, can you compare the stiffness of a Marca 2.5 to another reed, like a Rico 2.5?
 

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I got some for bass and bari at closeout prices, and just loved them - but now they're hard to find, and expensive if you do.
 

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Interesting! They're both available and affordable from my coordinates. So how do they play--dark like Hemkes and Lupifaros, bright like Rigottis and Java Greens, or entirely differently?
 

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Thanks guys - I just ordered from both.
 

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Hmm, I guess your statement kind of contradictory. First you're saying that so called "designer" reeds are not all that they are claimed to be and that you are a lifelong proponent of using easy-to-obtain, generic reeds. And then you go on to praise Marca, which are not cheap generic reeds at all. In fact, they are more expensive than both Rico or Vandoren Javas.
Well that was pretty much what I meant, that i was too shortsighted to consider alternatives and regret that I hadn’t tried earlier.. :)
 

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D’addario royal 2.5 filed, 38 eur x 10
D’addario select filed 2H, 21,40 eur x 5
Vandoren ZZ 2.5, 3.9 eur x 1
Marca Jazz filed/unfiled 2.5, 19.8 eur x 5
Vandoren v12 2.5, 4.55 eur x1

On request here are the prices. Marca actually comes out very well...
 

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Madav; thanks for the reed review. Because you took the time to do that, I probably will try a box. Whether or not your semantics got a little twisted is of no concern - the thing that matters is the reed information. Just one thing, can you compare the stiffness of a Marca 2.5 to another reed, like a Rico 2.5?
Well I have been interchanging between Rico select jazz 2H hard, filed or Vandoren ZZ jazz 2.5 and now the Marca jazz 2.5, filed, according to reed/ mp /musical setting. I have a box of Marca superiere 3 which were way too hard for me.
The difference for me is In the tip, where I feel the Rico / vandoren has a marginally thicker tip, but what i really like about the Marca’s are the consistency, and their relative easier low end response. In my hands there is more warmth and less boxing’s. My feeling is that they may work better on mpc’s with a certain lay - but I have no idea what that is, and obviously this is likely to impact your experiences.
 

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Interesting! They're both available and affordable from my coordinates. So how do they play--dark like Hemkes and Lupifaros, bright like Rigottis and Java Greens, or entirely differently?
Well I never got on with Rigottis but in my hands these marca play brighter..
 

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I just got mine and they were a positive surprise. Visually and tactile, super smooth finish at the top (mouthpiece-facing) surface, no need to condition/scrape/sand. The first one played straight out of the box, feels almost more like a #2 but with a slightly darker sound comparable to the BSS 2.5 but "cleaner" (less tendency to squeak). Easiest reed to get used to, it felt right at home after 15 min of playing. Very easy to get into the second harmonics with or without split tones.
 

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My limited experience with Marca "Supérieure" on tenor is that they run a lot lighter than my usual reeds (Vandoren blue box) at the same nominal strength.

Unfortunately it does appear that Marca adjusted most of their prices upward to match the pricing of other brands. A few years ago, these reeds were much much cheaper (like, 30-40% below the competition). Thomann.de in Germany still sells boxes of 10 Bass saxophone reeds for what I suppose is the old price, € 44. Hard to beat! But, the regular SATB reeds are no longer a steal.
 
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