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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001295.txt from 1999/01

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] An afternoon for clarinettists (long message)
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 22:54:34 -0500

At 04:40 PM 1/25/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Stephen Pierre had all of his students buy at least one Legere reed. (And he
>had never met Guy Legere; just had a set of Legere reeds in various
>strengths to try). He is very enthusiastic about these new reeds; simply for
>their consistency. With the dramatic changes in weather here (Southern
>Ontario), reeds can change day to day, and for rehearsal it is a real
>advantage to have a reliable one with a consistent response to play on "bad
>reed days". Guy also explained that many of his clients like these as
>rehearsal reeds - they may have an excellent reed prepared for concert, and
>don't want to use it up in rehearsal. So one very good recommendation is to
>have a Legere reed for back-up.

When students ask me what I use mine for, it is exactly for that reason. I
keep it in my reed case at symphony rehearsals.....sometimes the weather or
the reed decides to change, and I am never in a bind with the Legere.

>I was surprised by the Legere reed. It plays very much like cane; but it
>had a much smoother response and consistent tone over the dynamic range.

Smoother than cane? I have not found this to be the case.

>could play extremely softly much more easily, and I also found stacatto
>attacks better. I will be using my new Legere reed playing in concert band.
>I think that the cane reed still offers potential tone flexibility to
>explore - I'm still discovering what I can make the clarinet do, and I think
>that the cane reed gives me more potential. But the cane reed also has a
>lot more "garbage" in the tone, as Steve Pierre described it.

This clarifies.....and I think I know what Janet means when she says
smoother response.

Good post Janet......interesting information about the Fox clarinets!

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director, Concert Band & Symphonic Winds
Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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