Advertising and Web Hosting on Woodwind.Org!

Woodwind.OrgThe Clarinet BBoardThe C4 standard

  BBoard Equipment Study Resources Music General    
 New Topic  |  Go to Top  |  Go to Topic  |  Search  |  Help/Rules  |  Smileys/Notes  |  Log In   Previous Message  |  Next Message 
 Legere Reed Observations
Author: Anonymoose 
Date:   2019-03-22 06:24

I've switched to Legere synthetic reeds, mainly the European cut, due to the inconsistencies of cane, and also not wanting to worry with the weather/humidity/etc. After using them for around 7-8 months, I've observed some interesting but disconcerting things that'll like to share to make sure I'm not paranoid or hallucinating.

For one; I've found that Legere reeds do not all play the same, and they vastly differ from each other. Some are light, some are playable, some are really good, and some just don't sound out at all. I've learnt that it is better to try a bunch of the synthetics of the same strength at a music shop, then purchase the ones that sound and respond well.

Two; reeds of the same cut, and strength (disregarding how they play) can actually come in different lengths? I find that some are a little shorter/longer than others and maybe that affects the strength? I don't know, but visually they're not exactly the same length (vertically).
On youtube theres a Legere video demonstrating how the reeds are made, and you can visually see that the synthetic blocks are not completely parallel to each other when it gets cut. Maybe this is why?

Three; the synthetic material has changed? I find that Legere changed the materials that the synthetics are made out of, and that the newer ones (they still have strength stickers, not the new new ones with printed strengths) have a scalier texture when you run your finger down the back of the reed compared to the older ones which are smooth and not as translucent. The newer ones with the scalier texture, IMO, are flatter in intonation and sound, have a slight delay in response, and are a tad harder. This is true with most of the reeds with the newer scalier material.
I don't think it's due to my old legeres being played in because various different music shops that I went to had both kinds (the new and old ones). I didn't purchase a single one of the scalier/newer legeres.

I'm not trying to put down Legere, I'm just stating my observations and sharing with the community my thoughts I've had for a while and was wondering if anyone else had these experiences?

Thanks and Cheers

 Reply To Message  |  Avail. Forums  |  Flat View   Newer Topic  |  Older Topic 

 Topics Author  Date
 Legere Reed Observations  new
Anonymoose 2019-03-22 06:24 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Paul Aviles 2019-03-22 07:22 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
mdj 2019-03-22 17:05 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Chris P 2019-03-22 19:06 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Paul Aviles 2019-03-22 22:03 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Chris P 2019-03-23 00:33 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
EaubeauHorn 2019-03-25 03:19 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Chris P 2019-03-25 15:04 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
sax panther 2019-03-25 20:00 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
tucker 2019-03-27 17:34 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Kalashnikirby 2019-03-26 19:54 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new 2019-03-27 04:59 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
Paul Aviles 2019-03-27 05:31 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
fernie121 2019-03-27 07:42 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
fugue1 2019-03-27 18:40 
 Re: Legere Reed Observations  new
sax panther 2019-03-28 12:59 

 Avail. Forums  |  Need a Login? Register Here 
 User Login
 User Name:
 Remember my login:
 Forgot Your Password?
Enter your email address or user name below and a new password will be sent to the email address associated with your profile.
Search Woodwind.Org

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

The Clarinet Pages
is sponsored by:

For Sale
Put your ads for items you'd like to sell here. Free! Please, no more than two at a time - ads removed after two weeks.

Accessories that every clarinetist needs - reed makers and shapers, ligatures, greases, oils, and preservatives ... and more!

Music & Books
CDs, Sheet Music, and some of the greatest reference books ever written!

Great reeds available from around the world

Instrument repairs, restorations, adjustments, and overhauls.

Retailers and manufacturers of clarinets, both modern and early replica

Mouthpieces & Barrels
Fine makers of mouthpieces and barrels, from wood to crystal to hard rubber and plastic

Major events especially for clarinetists

Services and products too varied to categorize! Repair, recording, news

     Copyright © Woodwind.Org, Inc. All Rights Reserved    Privacy Policy    Contact