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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000196.txt from 2005/07

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Plastic Lester
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:33:39 -0400

At 08:16 PM 7/18/2005 +0100, Harold Troughton wrote:
>I have recently bought a Legere tenor sax reed, tempted by the "Blow dry"
>facility offered.
>( frequently double with clt & alto sax).The Legere performs far better
>than my expectations.
>I read somewhere that Lester Young said he had played on synthetic reeds
>for years.
>Iwonder if anyone out there has any knowledge of this.. Harold Troughton

Brilhart "Enduro" reeds, made of a white plastic, would have been available
at that time. I just (today!) picked up an old Conn 10M tenor that had
several of them in the case. I have not attempted to play them yet, but,
properly cleaned, I don't see why I couldn't. Although I have had some
success with Legeres for clarinet and I have one good Fibracell for alto
sax, for me anyway, neither a Fibracell nor a Bari seem to sound like
anything but a piece of plastic flapping in the breeze on a tenor.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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