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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000351.txt from 2000/07

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 00:58:19 -0400

Thanks for the affirmation, Claudia. Now that I'm earning a paycheck
again, I think it's time I invested some $$ in a Legere, just to ensure
that a practice session is never curtailed for lack of a playable reed.
Next question: I seem to remember advice to the effect that one should
order their Legere reed one-half strength harder than the Vandoren
strength they usually play. Is this accurate?


--- Claudia Zornow <> wrote:

> Neil Leupold wrote:

> > I've always preferred grass myself (i.e.; arundo donax). I haven't
> > yet had the presence of mind to order one of the Legere synthetics.
> > Are they still supporting the accolades which were received so abun-
> > dantly in the past on Klarinet?

> I don't think the opinions have changed. There are a few rabid fans
> on the list, and a bunch of people like me who think the Legeres aren't
> as good as the best cane reeds in a box, but maybe as good as the 3rd
> best out of 10, and very dependable.

> Recently I did an outdoor gig where we started out in hot late-afternoon
> sunlight and ended up shivering in evening breezes. I played my plastic
> Bundy and a Legere reed and had no worries. What still boggles my mind
> about the Legeres is that they are playable without moistening--very handy
> for intermittent playing, e.g. at a graduation, or a 4th of July with lots
> of speeches.

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