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 Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: derf5585 
Date:   2018-01-23 04:03



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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2018-01-23 07:12


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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: LC007 
Date:   2018-01-23 16:47

The fact that these guys have difficulty telling them apart speaks well for Légère. I have been using Légère for a little while but am now dabbling into the world of cane. What I don't like about cane is the management required. Synthetics are more user friendly.

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: sax panther 
Date:   2018-01-23 19:09

I have a legere but it feels slightly too hard, and I didn't think it sounded as nice as a good cane read.

However, out of curiousity last weekend I recorded myself playing on my legere, and my current nicest cane reed, and was surprised that the differences I hear (or think I hear) as the player don't translate to the recording - they sounded very similar. I'm probably going to splash out on another legere one strength down and see if that feels as good to play as a cane reed.

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: ClarinetRobt 
Date:   2018-01-23 21:11

Hey Sax Panther...
Do a search, there's a way to soften a harder Legere using some hot water. I've done this several times with great success.
Basically I turned a 3.75 to a 3.5+, perfect for me when a 3.5 feels soft.

~Robt L Schwebel
Mthpc: Behn Vintage
Lig: Ishimori, Behn Delrin
Reed: Legere French Cut 3.75/4, Behn Brio 4
Horns: Uebel Superior (Bb,A), Ridenour Lyrique, Buffet R13 (Eb)

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: Luisebv 
Date:   2018-01-23 21:48

My experience with legere was a liitle bit mix, (i was messed it about a 6 moths) i used the european signature; in general speaking is a good reed, but has to work a lot get a good sound very similiar or identical to a cane reed. and pay that effort for something that can get more easily, for to me, i passed.

btw, i play in a wind symphony and i noticed that legere reeed sound more friendly with my partenrs, making it more smooth, but has lack of proyection. maybe thats why is more often used in ensambles than in solos works (or maybe is just me).

in bottom line, i learned that legere is a good reed, no mouthpiece friendly, (i was looking for one mouthpiece that gets better set) but if you take a really good care of your reeds maybe the "the latest longer life reed" reason is no such a big deal to switch to legere.

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-01-23 22:20

You can also just work Legeres with sandpaper, a knife or a ReedGeek, if you don't mind some fuzzy threads sticking up. I've had to narrow them, and that makes them look frayed. My experience is that most listeners can't hear the difference, but some, especially chamber music colleagues, can, and those invariably prefer cane reeds. So it probably depends somewhat on the kind of playing one does.

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: Burt 
Date:   2018-01-25 02:38

I used 120 grit sandpaper on a standard Signature reed, taking it from 3.75 to appx. 3.25. It plays as well as my new 3.25, both to me as player, and on recordings. The sanded area looks rough (I suppose using finer grits would change the appearance); that's how I will tell the two reeds apart when the labels fall off.

I also used 120 grit on an old Legere (Quebec cut?) whose label had fallen off a long time ago. This reed is now playable.

So far, I have not found Legere tenor sax reeds as good as LaVoz medium hard.

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: Geronimo 
Date:   2018-01-25 04:28

Any recommendations for a eb or bass clarinet set up with Légère?

I've got a decent thing going for Bb but not as good results with the others.


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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-01-25 06:07

You'll always give up something in the feel of the reed and the sound you hear will always be a little different between cane and plastic no matter what synthetic you use. I think the Légère Signature bass reeds are very useable when I don't want to use cane, usually to avoid a dry reed after the bass sits on its stand for a long while in a doubling part.

I haven't tried a synthetic on an Eb clarinet. I play it rarely enough that it's easier to stay with cane than go through the trial ritual it would take to find a synthetic I like. If you play a lot of Eb, of course, your need may differ considerably.


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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: TomS 
Date:   2018-01-25 23:00

I've gone back to cane, mostly for intonation reasons ... but not tried the Legere European reeds ...


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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: shmuelyosef 
Date:   2018-01-25 23:12

To Geronimo:

I'm using a 3.25 signature with a Fobes RR on bass clarinet. I'll never go back to cane on BC if I can help it

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 Re: Plastic vs Cane faceoff
Author: shmuelyosef 
Date:   2018-01-25 23:15

I definitely prefer th non -Euro signature. The Euro reeds have much thinner tone in the altissimo. I find the tone of the original legeres but the signatures are the best trade off of tone and response

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