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Legere Studio Cut Tenor Saxophone ReedFreer blowing and more flexible, the Studio Cut Tenor Saxophone Reed is the choice of many jazz and show musicians. Sold individually.
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You're probably like me, in that you'll find 4 solid playing reeds in a box for $25. I have been playing funk in a traveling band and have found that 1 reed MIGHT last me 2 rehearsals and a 1 gig! This is unacceptable for hard players. I have played a 2 3/4 Legere Studio Tenor reed on my DG SuperKing R&B for the last 2 months and I?ve got to tell you, you can't beat the longevity. I did not exaggerate when I said that I was getting 1 show our of traditional cane jazz-cut reeds. I have already saved almost $90 in 2 months by using Legere. I?m not as fond of these for studio work as a solo instrument, for that I remain loyal to cane. Section work, however, these will project very well and give you the ability to balance evenly throughout the session. As far as live work- there are few equals for the working musician. I needed to be able to be consistent with my reeds, while having one that was not as brittle as conventional cane in both the structural integrity and in solidity of the reed heart. Not only do these have that, but these reeds will speak for players of any genre. But as a side note, they are a bit too abrasive for folk-rock!
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No- these do not have the exact same sound as cane. Wood is able to produce a smoother edge (even in jazz playing), whereas synthetic is a bit ?buzzy?. But lets face it- if you?re a legit player, chances are you?re processing your sound through a system. As long as the mic is on, add some reverb and no one will be the wiser.
No- these do not feel like cane. But after 30 minutes you forget all about the difference in feel and enjoy your show.
Yes- these are worth the price for one.
Yes- They?re still somewhat delicate, but if you?re not using power tools nearby, you?ll be able to get months of use out of one reed.
Stop getting 4 out of 10 solid playing reeds. Synthetics are consistent and won?t splinter your lips when you?re break-dancing during your next live solo!!!
I have used rico plasticover, bari, and fibracell reeds with some success. Love the fibracell and plasticover, bari are a 2nd or 3rd choice or standby. I rate the legere lower because the performance does not warrant the expense. Alt range is slightly improved over cane reeds but the overall tone quality is inferior. I have been playing sax for 42 yrs, 33 of it professionally. I have used the plasticover since 1978 on bari sax and the fibracell for about 4 yrs on all my horns.
I originally had doubts about any manufactured reed until I tried this one. We all know the typical trials and errors we go through to get the perfect reed every time we buy a box. For some of us, it may even be exciting and fun to see how many good ones we get in a box even after we still have to make adjustments to them. These reeds are truly remarkable in that they work immediately with no need to wet them or to trim them. They last a long time and keep their excellent tone much longer than you would ever expect. It is worth paying the higher price to get at least one and see for yourself. I play tenor sax with an Otto link metal mouthpiece, and have been very pleased (and surprised) about the quality of this reed. It might take a small adjustment at first compared to your cane reeds, but then again most cane reeds need adjustments for each one you use and they never continue to work well for long (especially, it seems, when you need it the most). Don't buy this reed if you enjoy the challenge of buying a whole box of reeds that hopefully will produce one or two that work for a few sessions
I've used these reeds for years ... mostly on Tenor and Alto. Way better than spending hours soaking, stroking, and all the other nonsense associated with natural reeds. Plus ... NO MOLD! While I do find these will "soften" a little after about 6 months, it's way better than buying cartons of natural reeds, finding a few good ones, and only to ultimately toss after only a few weeks of steady play. Spend your time on technique development, not experimenting on getting a reed to work right.
When lined up on Dukoff the clear reed is hard to see, especially in dark bar.
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