I've played La Voz MH tenor reeds for the last 25-30 years. I don't think you can beat a good La Voz. The last couple of years I quickly noticed that the quality and consistency had gone down the tubes with many expensive boxes containing 1-3 usable reeds. The last box I purchased from Sam Ash in Paramus, NJ cost about $25 bucks. I had 3 gigs that weekend. I got the reeds home and could not get 1 single gig playable reed out of that box. I am quite adept at trimming and working on my reeds and I couldn't even get one to practice quality. I was so frustrated that I wrote La Voz and told them the story and that I wouldn't waste anymore money on their reeds. They quickly responded with concern and had me send them the bad box for inspection. They sent me a replacement box. Well, every reed in the box has been FANTASTIC and gig quality right out of the box. What does this tell you? I'm sure they have a pretty good idea what cane will play well. Are they sending the inferior cane to the U.S. market? A top name recording artist I know says this is definately the case and when he tours in Europe the reeds he buys are far superior to what he gets in the states. I'm down to my last reed in the box and am dreading buying my next box of "lottery tickets". Where are all the good reeds??????