I recently bought some 70's era Lavoz Bb medium soft reeds for about a buck a reed. Though I am a novice, they seem far better than either brand new Rico, or new Mitchell Lurie(rico) which are both 2.5s. They are the same thickness as the 2.5 ricos, but the vintage reeds just seem to have much better tone and feel. I also noticed that the fiber density is much higher on the vintage Lavoz. Just wondering, were reeds actually better quality back then? Or did they simply age well? Or (?) I have read that some players prefere the Rico (brown box) 'V' type reeds which are no longer made. I am thinking maybe this is a similar situation. Just curious as to why older reeds seem to be better, or are just more popular.