Rico “Orange Box” reeds can be considered the industry standard for beginning clarinet players. These reeds are made from the most flexible grade of cane. This makes them very responsive and easier to play than other reeds, which is what makes them ideal for beginners. The standard reed strength for starting out is usually 2 or 2 ½. They are also very affordable, which is a plus for parents and band directors. -Melinda
Rico by D'Addario Bb Clarinet reeds are crafted with beginners and educators in mind, thanks to their traditional blank and profile for ease of response, plus unfiled cut for added support. These reeds are available for a full range of clarinets and saxophones to best suit your playing needs.