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 Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2019-05-04 23:19

After getting fed up with re-working cane bass clarinet reeds, I started using Legere bass reeds exclusively. The Classics were basically useless to me. The Signatures were a HUGE improvement but still lacked in a couple of areas.

I contacted Legere a couple of times asking if they had plans for making a European cut bass clarinet reed, at which time I was told no. Disappointing news. I read a comment on this bulletin board about Fibracell reeds for bass. I tried them and like them MUCH better than Legeres.

I recently got an update from Legere (standard email correspondence). They reported that the contrabassoon, english horn, and European cut reed for Eb clarinet is in the finishing stages of beta testing. I thought really? HMMMMM..... To me it seems like there would be a larger market for bass clarinet (all cuts) reeds than Eb reeds and certainly larger than contrabassoon and english horns reeds.

Oh well... I'm happy with the Fibracell for bass.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2019-05-04 23:50

Have you tried using tenor sax reeds on bass?


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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-05-05 01:28

That's a GREAT suggestion. The Signature Soprano Sax reeds are a great alternative for Bb clarinet. I would suppose (though have not played bass in last five years) the tenor Signatures would be great on Bass.

.............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2019-05-05 02:31

Did actually try a Legere tenor sax reed on bass. Maybe a little more responsive than the bass reeds, and the sound is great. For me, though, the bass reeds work well too.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2019-05-05 04:36

Yes, I have tried all of the Legere tenor sax reeds on bass. The best I found was the tenor studio cut. They played very flat on my mouthpiece and had a somewhat "saxy" quality to the sound.

I guess I'm just venting a bit because I'm actually very happy with the results with Fibracell reeds.

Thanks for your input!

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: Erez Katz 
Date:   2019-05-06 10:20


What number Fibracel and Legere did you get?
I am pretty happy with the Legere Signature reeds on a bass clarinet.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: tucker 2017
Date:   2019-05-06 16:15

Erez, I've tried most every strength of Legere. I found Legere tenor sax studio cut was the best for me. I would use a 2.75. i use a Fibracell 2.5 now.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: RefacerMan 
Date:   2019-05-06 18:38

Paul - I occasionally use Legere European Signature clarinet reeds 3.75 strength. Any ideas what strength Legere Signature Soprano Sax reed would be equivalent? Thanks for any info you can provide.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-05-06 19:38

The Signature Soprano saxophone reeds are a bit more brittle and as a result run a little stronger. It may vary by length of the lay. For example, in a video I refer to a lot, Ricardo Morales gave specific strengths that he uses and the Signature Soprano Sax reeds he uses are one quarter strength softer. For me, on a very short lay (14.00mm), I use a Signature soprano strength reed one half strength softer (European Signature = 3.25; Signature Soprano sax = 2.75).

...............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: RefacerMan 
Date:   2019-05-07 05:05

Thank you for the info Paul.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: Erez Katz 
Date:   2019-05-16 15:40

I ordered two reeds that arrived yesterday:
Signature,european cut, #3.5 for soprano clarinet
And Signature 3.25 for Soprano Saxophone.

Paul's comment is right on the mark, there is a quarter difference in strength between the clarinet and soprano sax reeds.

I was actually amazed at the sound I was able to get out of them. The last clarinet Signature reeds i bought were 5 years ago. I got them then at different strengths, and never really liked them. On the bass clarinet it was a different story, they worked brilliantly for me.

Fast forward half a decade, these are nice. As Paul mentioned on another thread, these are a little less resonant, but it is not a huge difference, or as huge. Wity my cane reed of choice, daddario reserve, i get a brighter/more pingy sound, but these are nothing like the old batch of Signature legere that felt dull ir muffled to me.
The articulation response is also much improved.

On my Vandoren B40 Lyre I feel I could use 1/4 stronger (which I ordered promptly), my ancient Pomarico #3 actually worked well with them. I have an old Selmer HS* at the shop for a re-cork, I think the current strengths would be a good match for it.

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 Re: Legere makes me think.... hmmmmm
Author: Erez Katz 
Date:   2019-05-18 03:21

Update regarding bass clarinet. I am evaluating tenor signature #3.25. My bcl legere signature is very old, a new on is en route
Fibracell: Bass clarinet 3.5, tenor 3 and 3.5
My mouthpiece is Selmer C**

I will start with the fibracel: not for me. These reeds feel light and flimsy, to like a #2 reed played on the hideous Yamaha 4C mouthpiece.

The Legere Signature tenor is wonderful. #3.25 is still a bit too light for me, very close to the Bass Signature #3. My gripe with the bcl Signature was that it only went up to #3. The tenor goes all the way to #4 so I am excited about the possibilities.

This is my sound, bcl Signature #3 is the lightesr for me.

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