Date: 2022-07-07 14:20
Several years ago I played clarinet for a while, and decided that I didn't want to muck about with cane reeds, so I got some Légères as they seemed much better than the other options. I had some lessons and my teacher noticed I was quite flat and got me to buy a shorter barrel which solved the problem.
Fast forward to now. I am playing again, and I still like the idea of synthetic reeds. My new clarinet has 2 barrels, but even using the shorter one my playing is flat with Légères. I have to say that I'm not a very good player so some of this is down to me and maybe could be corrected with more experience. However, it's not impossible for me to play in tune: if I go back to cane reeds I can play in tune, and if I use a harder Légère reed that is also in tune. Neither of these options is ideal for me though, as the cane reed brings back all the associated hassles, and the harder plastic makes playing more tiring (the in-tune cane reed is much softer than the in-tune plastic one).
If Légère reeds are generally flat, I could simply solve the problem by repeating the trick of getting a shorter barrel. My former teacher reckoned synthetic reeds were always a bit flat, but he was probably biased because he didn't really like the idea of them. I've watched several cane/synthetic comparisons, read reviews, etc, and I don't remember ever hearing anyone mentioning a flatness issue.