Filed or French Filed Cut reeds have an extra strip of cane removed in a straight line just below the vamp allowing for more flexibility and a faster response time.
Choosing a File Cut to Suit your Mouthpiece
Generally, players who use moderately resistant and darker sounding mouthpieces such as a rubber Ottolink prefer filed reeds. The file allows these resistant mouthpieces to blow more freely and produce a brighter tone.
Players who use easy-blowing and moderate to bright mouthpieces such as a metal Selmer prefer unfiled reeds. Unfiled reeds give the player a darker tone and more resistance.
Examples of Filed Reeds we carry: Rico Royal, Reserve, Rico Select Jazz, Hemke, Grand Concert Select, Vandoren Java (red box)
Examples of Unfiled Reeds we carry: La Voz, Rico, Rico Select Jazz, Vandreon Java (green box), Vandoren Traditional
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