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 Question about Legere European Cut
Author: chamberguy 
Date:   2021-09-24 21:47

Is there a bit of valid advice that says to play one reed for no more than 30 minutes or so, and then switch to another identical reed? I remember reading that somewhere, and am looking for the best way to get through a 2-hour orchestra rehearsal and not fight against a 'tired' or played-out reed. I must admit that I haven't actually perceived any reed 'fatigue' setting in after even an hour or playing.

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 Re: Question about Legere European Cut
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2021-09-25 01:54

i have been playing the euro legere on bass clarinet using a soft no 2 for 6 weeks now at 1.5 hr rehearsals and experience no reed fatigue yet .

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 Re: Question about Legere European Cut
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-09-25 04:05

It is my experience on Bb that if you do encounter a strength that "gives out" within a short period of time, you need to bump up a quarter strength and try again. This is actually how I arrived at a good strength for me. I kept encountering this issue until I found the strength that worked perfectly over time. In truth, that "perfect strength" may feel just a little strong rignt out of the box, but then it "breaks in" and you never have to look back. I have reeds going for almost a year (of course I do rotate through 4 to 8 different reeds). There are occasions where I just use the same reed two days in a row and do feel the strength wain slightly, but not to any degree where performance suffers......and a put in a LOT of hours per day.

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

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 Re: Question about Legere European Cut
Author: Bennett 2017
Date:   2021-09-25 20:31

One option to 'strengthen' a reed is to let it overhand the tip of the mouthpiece by a sliver (or two). IMHO, the Legere's seem to be especially sensitive to placement.

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 Re: Question about Legere European Cut
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-09-26 22:18

YES placement!!!! You don't have nearly the adjustability that exists with cane. The issue is that there is a very fine balance amongst the material and the various dimensions (width, length, vamp angle etc) to get the Legeres to work as well as they do. Going just slightly too far over the tip of the mouthpiece (check this from the side, NOT the front) causes the reed to loose responsiveness (and not just in a "heavy" way like cane).

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

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 Re: Question about Legere European Cut
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2021-09-27 16:52

All Legeres get softer for me after 20 minutes or so of playing. I just start with a stiffer one if this bugs me. It helps to buy several cuts and strengths over time as well as the same strength. I then micro grade them and mark reeds that are a little stiffer or softer.

Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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