I'm more curious about how these old reeds might play. I know some players look for old reeds but they would have to be properly stored that whole time in order not to be brittle. I first thought the codes were date codes but I'm not sure that the brown box was still being made in 1991.
I'm pretty sure Rico had changed away from the old brown cardboard imitation wood grain box by 1991. And a box of reeds dating all the way back to 1969 would be even less likely to have survived.
On longevity of reeds, though, I am still playing reeds from a shipment a friend gave to me back in about '95 or so and they are (to me) indistinguishable from new ones. And I don't think they were all that brand new in '95, so they may well be as old as 1991. I think they have always been in a drawer in the house, not stored in a super hot attic or garage. Also, all the boxes have remained shrink wrapped till I open them.
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