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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000215.txt from 2005/07

From: "kevin fay" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Plastic Lester
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 23:59:59 -0400

harold troughton asked:

<<<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>>>

I have no knowledge of Lester Young playing on plastic reeds.

I *do* have knowledge that it can be successfully done, at least on tenor.
Ernie Watts has played nothing but plastic reeds for years, and IMHO sounds

I know a number of clarinet players who use Fibrecell or Legere exclusively,
and sound just fine.

Alas, I wish I were one of them. I find myself limited to cane, at great
cost and expense (time, if not money).


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