} The solution would have been pretty simple on a cane reed, simply squeeze the back directly above the thread slightly. I am tempted to take a lighter to that part of the reed in trying to manipulate it slightly, but I have someone interested in buying my adjusted Legere oboe reed, so it may wait until I buy a new one…. From the first note, the reed speaks with total ease while giving players just the right amount of tonal edge. I am not advising anyone not familiar with reed making try to adjust the reed. To my ears they were a bit bright.However, with the new Signature Series reeds I think they have cracked it! } Perhaps they could have Legere reed adjusters that could improve various issues, but then the price of the reed would probably be about $200. Before I discovered Légère Signature Reeds, I wasn’t a fan of synthetic reeds. Legere Soprano Sax Signature Reed: Légère Saxophone reeds come in two different ranges, Signature and Classic, and in multiple cuts. var scriptURL = 'https://sdks.shopifycdn.com/buy-button/latest/buy-button-storefront.min.js'; Open quick view dialog for Legere Reeds Signature Series Soprano Saxophone Reed. Légère tell me the American Cut are the next generation – so how do they perform? I look forward to seeing what the American style reed will be like when they are released. "background-color": "#1280d9" One of the best features of a Légère reed is that it does not need to be moistened prior to playing. Your email address will not be published. }, The harder reed worked pretty well but I was not happy with the tone for certain notes. Mauro Di Gioia of ReedGeek demonstrates how to adjust the European Scrape Legere oboe reed to better suit American Playing. Their reed making process involves engineering and computers, I used knives and cutting blocks, we are in completely different industries. (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(script); Lupifaro, WoodStone, Rigotti, Roberto’s, etc.). "product": { } I once again see these qualities as a matter of taste in some ways, so I am not condemning the reed so much as sharing a personal perspective. "cart": { This should be done using expert tools and extreme precision. I enjoyed your review of the Legere oboe reed. Once you find your Légère reed, you will finally have the freedom to perform. The basic issues with the legere reeds are the adjustment from cane and getting used to a reed that has very defined playing requirements. i've experimented with the legere reeds off and on for a few years now -- the most recent ones (last 6 months or so) seem much better, but i'm still bugged by the too-closed-tip problem. Perhaps on this style of reed, with the already thin heart, the back may help to keep the pitch up, though the pitch was not right for me from the start. Legere Reeds Signature Series Soprano Saxophone Reed. "background-color": "#148ef1", All Legere oboe reeds are slightly different and will need slightly different adjustment. The life of a Légère double reed is dependent on how often and how hard a reed is played. "margin-left": "20px", Legere reeds seem like a tempting shortcut to relearning how to make and adjust reeds, but I'm wondering how much it's going to impact my playing. Bending stiffness is a function of elastic modulus and removing material will drastically reduce the strength of the reed. I did see a procedure online for a bassoon reed where she used hot and cold water to adjust the pitch, however, in her case the reeds were sharp. "margin-left": "0px", Most of the PVC is too large, and I think it would be way too stiff, even if made very thin. I feel my good reeds would last longer this way and save me some time from making them. I've been a happy Legere customer (still no signs of wear after about 3 months of daily use of at least 1hr and 15mins a day) and am wondering how Forestone reeds hold up to Legere. Légère is proud to offer a Exchange of Strength program if you are not satisfied with your purchased saxophone or clarinet reed. All jokes aside, I received some samples of Legere Signature reeds and I thought it would be interesting to do a head to head comparison with them and a cane reed. } The reeds should be cleaned periodically with water and a mild detergent. Maybe it was the recordings, but the Legere reed sounds a little bright, and the Laubin seems to tame this a little bit better. "font-size": "14px", I happen to love the sound of many European oboists, I simply have a different tonal concept of what I sound like on the oboe. if (window.ShopifyBuy) { But the Legere reed I use is a 2.25. Here is some important information about the new Medium- Soft, Medium and Medium-Hard oboe reeds so you can make your purchases doubt-free! Home › Forums › Reeds › The Oboe Reed Room › Adjusting Legere Reeds for American Oboists This topic has 0 replies, 1 voice, and was last updated 3 years, 8 months ago by Delmar Williams. (function () { I figured it would be better to know if I could make it into a long scrap reed and destroy it, than have a $150 oboe reed I would never touch again. or loose interest. We recommend rotating between two Légère Reeds to elongate their lifespan. "position": "absolute", They’ll get back to you with instructions on where to send your reed and then they send you a replacement. "@media (min-width: 601px)": { Légère Reeds online store is currently available in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. "styles": { I will look at the Legere sight, but I assume the reed comes in different strengths. Many European oboists are really liking the Legere oboe reeds, and I have heard a couple professional American oboists playing them with success. Légère is proud to offer a Exchange of Strength program if you are not satisfied with your purchased saxophone or clarinet reed. Author: Hank Lehrer ★2017 Date: 2018-09-21 20:16 I've used an emery board on Legere' reeds with great success but I do not get close to the very tip. Légère Reeds online store is currently available in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. ":focus": { Eventually, the reed got to a pretty nice feeling place for me. We strongly advise against storing reeds in their original packaging or leaving them on the instrument. ":hover": { I was pretty happy with the tone quality of the reed, though it was more of an “open” European sound than what I tend to shoot for in my own tone. ShopifyBuy.UI.onReady(client).then(function (ui) { }, Disclaimer  I am sharing this information for the curious oboist wondering about adjusting the Legere oboe reed. } By that I mean they work very good if the player is willing to conform to what the reed needs....if the player is willing to do that, then the reed will work just fine, but there is little room for flexibility that cane reeds provide. Double reeds are unfortunately not eligible for our Exchange of Strength program. If desired, you may gently place a small pipe cleaner through the tube for a deeper clean. Shop and save on the Bassoon Synthetic Reed at Woodwind & Brasswind. }, For best results, wrap the product around your Légère in the same manner that you would wrap a cane reed. In making any attempt to adjust or alter your Legere reed, you are assuming all risk and liability associated with this. If you apply that scale to a strength 1 1/2 and a stregth 3 1/2, the 3 1/2 will start vibrating further along in … This popular book is now back in print. All in all, I love these reeds, and recommend them. "margin-left": "-20px" "button": "Checkout" So that means a lot less time spent on reeds, more time spent on recording and practicing. Please note adjusted reeds will not be considered for any refund or exchange. I’m much less anxious about getting one of these for my solo in marching band, now. I usually scrape the backs fairly early in my own reed making process and define them later. I am sure the micro details are somewhat difficult with CNC machines. script.src = scriptURL; While it is not recommended and most likely not needed, some highly advanced players have found success clipping minimal amounts off the tip of reed or scraping the heart of the reed slightly. Now I know some of you out there who play Legere reeds have a staunch loyalty to them and feel compelled to try to convert everyone to your side. The comprehensive strength charts below compare popular cane strengths to the matching Légère reed strength and cut. Please note strength choice is subjective and differs greatly by player. Close search. Saxophone Reeds expand. I wrote about it here; Legere oboe reed update. }, If you are interested in experimentation purchase reeds that are 0.5 to 1.0 step stronger than your appropriate strength. If I play on a plastic reed for a long time, will that ruin my embrochure if I want to switch to cane reeds later? The life of a Légère double reed is dependent on how often and how hard a reed is played. It is effortlessly free-blowing, colorful, and loaded with personality. "img": false, Légère Classic Reeds – From $28.99. "contents": { "product": { Bassoon - Reeds. Légère Reeds LTD: Reed Strength Chart. I think they will need to compensate pitch somewhere, my suggestion would be in the staple opening. The only downside was the pitch really did not want to “sit up” and required some embouchure manipulation to play in tune, even while crowing a “C”. I took a lot of cane from the tip and progressively worked my way back slightly never moving into the heart. }); It got “caught” in the material and would not remove cane but just stop. Close By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. ":focus": { Anyhow, thanks for the review. Légère reeds are less fragile than cane reeds, however, they should still be handled with great care. Although it is not expected, if you experience slight leaking we suggest utilizing fish skin or Teflon tape. }, By that I mean they work very good if the player is willing to conform to what the reed needs....if the player is willing to do that, then the reed will work just fine, but there is little room for flexibility that cane reeds provide. Experimentation around reed design, and the technology to make them, has really excelled in recent years. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. However, I use my ATG to make a slight adjustment … One of the best features of a Légère reed is that it does not need to be moistened prior to playing. Open quick view dialog for Legere Reeds Signature Series Soprano Saxophone Reed. Keep me informed on your results, I am curious to hear if you go through with it and have any feedback. } moneyFormat: '%24%7B%7Bamount%7D%7D', Exchanges or refunds will be reviewed on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed. }, If you had tried the original Medium-Hard reed and thought it was too stiff, or your embouchure tired too quickly, the Medium or Medium-Soft reed is for you! ×The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. "padding-bottom": "15px", But that changed when I discovered the Signature range, which are usable and sound great too. I can pick the oboe up and play for five minutes and not feel I need to be committed due to the soaking ritual involved. I found that by using a slightly more surgical edge with the burr straight up and down, as if for slicing, it  worked better than the pushing burr we oboe reed makers tend to use. Please see my post “Legere oboe reed review” if you are new to the topic, or how I initially evaluated the reed. Synthetic reeds are not likely to  replace traditional handmade oboe reeds in the near future, so I am not worried they will put me out of business as a professional oboe reed maker. Timbre of this reed is darker than the cane reeds I usually play. "styles": { Altering Légère reeds is not recommended. } else { Read our cookie policy. More specifically, Légère reeds. 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