I had gotten curious about why the metalites had been discontinued so I decided to write someone at Rico with some questions. Suprisingly, I got a rather fast response from them. Here was there response:
Thanks for the email. I appreciate the feedback and have already passed the email on to our R&D department and Marketing department to log your email. We receive quite a few emails and requests for the Metalite mouthpieces and appreciate hearing about how they work for people and the good results artists have using them.
Unfortunately, I dont have a good answer why we stopped producing them. But, if people keep asking for them, the product could possibly be re-introduced.
Artist / Educator Relations
D'Addario & Co., Inc.
Over 100 Years of Excellence in America"
So, I'm suggesting that people e-mail the good people at Rico and suggest that they revitalize the metalite line. Whether you like the metalites or not, they give people without the funds for lawtons or various vintage pieces, an inexpensive alternative that sounds good. Also, the prices for these have become somewhat outrageous.
For those who are interested, I contacted Rico through their website @ www.ricoreeds.com.