i don't see what's wrong with rico... I use Ricos in some shape or form on all my saxes, except for sopranino (Vandorens, but occasionally I use a soprano reed to less painfully hit high notes. I use Rico Jazz select on soprano and bari, and orange-box on alto and tenor, and on all, the whole range comes out, bottom to top, with about an octave of altissimo, if not more, on each. I will agree that Vandorens are very good reeds, but I don't see why all the acclaim goes to them and everyone but Rico.
P.S. I also play tuba :)