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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000515.txt from 2002/06

From: "Pastor Luby D. Jackson III" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Legere reeds
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 16:02:06 -0400

Since we're talking about reeds, have you sampled the Queen reeds before?
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From: <>
Subject: [kl] Legere reeds

> In a message dated 6/15/02 4:11:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > If you REALLY want to minimize the time you spend fiddling around with
> > reeds, find yourself a Legere (the best synthetic) that comes close to
> > you want, and play it until you figure out how to get the sound you
> > While I would not argue that a Legere is as good as the best commercial
> > hand made reeds, it has a virtue that no cane reed has: Every time you
> > back to it, it plays the same (within a reasonable tolerance) as the
> > time you played it, irrespective of the temperature, humidity, having
> > stored on a sheet of optically flat glass, or having been played 4 hours
> > the
> > day before. This stability allows YOU to adapt to IT,and once you have
> > found a combination that is to your liking, it will last for MONTHS not
> > HOURS. Plus, you will not be trying to bring it back to life during the
> > intermission of the concert with Schubert 8th yet to play. I also would
> > not
> > argue that someone willing to spend hours and hours on their whittling
> > merit
> > badge would not be likely to come up with a more beautiful sound (though
> > suspect that there are other factors just as important or more so than
> > reed), but I prefer to allocate my clarinet time playing music.
> >
> > One person's perspective.
> > Bill Daniluk
> >
> >
> I study with Steve Cohen at Brevard during the summers, and he plays
> exclusively on Legere reeds and sounds absolutely wonderful! In many
> he exploits the simplicity they offer by making his options more advanced.
> He has different mouthpieces / reeds for different acoustics, situations,
> he always sounds great. Richard Hawkins teaches using Legere's, and he
> a wonderful job. He told me that Larry Combs rehearses on Legeres too,
> also seems like a great idea. I've found that they're a little less
> and have a little less ring than cane, but they're wondeful innovations.
> Michael
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