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Legere Reeds Bassoon Synthetic Reed  Medium

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Lg¨re bassoon reeds have all the depth and warmth that elite players demand. Made from specially prepared synthetic material, they deliver all the ad...Click To Read More About This Product

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Synthetic bassoon reed for exacting players.

Lg¨re bassoon reeds have all the depth and warmth that elite players demand. Made from specially prepared synthetic material, they deliver all the advantages of a traditional Lg¨re reed; consistency, durability and an instant response.

Materials
Lg¨re reeds are made from polypropylene, which is approved by the FDA for use in direct food contact applications.

Process
Lg¨re bassoon reeds are cut from Lg¨res own unique polymer on 3-axis, computer-controlled precision cutting machines. Lg¨re can also measure their reeds with extreme precision using computer-controlled equipment, allowing a very tight quality control.

The reeds are cut in halves using customized profiles based on a mathematical description of a reed profile rather than a model or prototype. The halves are then bonded together again using a digitally controlled system. The result is a reed that is perfectly balanced in both blades, and has just the right combination of tip thickness, heart, and flexibility.


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Legere ReedsBassoon Synthetic Reed
 
4.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
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3.0

Follow up to previous review

By Jim

from Charlton, MA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Intonation and Tone quality
  • No soaking of warm up required

Cons

  • Can't get a big sound over much of the range
  • Low D a big problem
  • Very delicate, easy to break

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Small chamber ensembles

Comments about Legere Reeds Bassoon Synthetic Reed:

Legere took back the reed I bought from Musicians Friend, found it to be cracked, and sent me another. After about 90 minutes of playing, my impression of the reed was pretty good. I carefully checked all notes from the low Bb up through three octaves, and then up another minor 5th to high E. Intonation was quite good (except for low D). Tone quality was very nice. The fork Eb was stable and in tune, the G just above the break was nicely in tune, response was good. High notes would speak nicely.

But there were some not so good things. The reed accumulates moisture very quickly causing a sizzling sound and requiring that moisture be blown out every couple of minutes. I find that very annoying and it's not something I experience with cane reeds. And, as with the previous reed, low D was very sharp and would not allow for a dynamic level above mF no matter how loose an embouchure I used. Trying to get the volume up caused the note to squawk. To a lesser extent, the adjoining C# and D# were also a bit of a problem. Finally, I found it was just not possible to get a big sound over most of the range. It felt like the tip opening was just too small. Examination with calipers under magnification revealed the opening to be less than 1 mm. (Legere says it is supposed to be 1.2 - 1.4mm.) Unfortunately, while doing this, I accidentally brushed the corner of the reed which caused 5 cracks and ruined the reed.

I don't know that I am going to buy another one. Maybe. I would have liked to play on this one for a week or so to get really familiar with it, perhaps make some adjustments. But at the price, I don't think it would be worth another try.

 
3.0

Mediocre reed at best

By Jim

from Charlton, MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • No soaking needed

Cons

  • Plays like a poorly adjusted reed
  • Tone quality is thin, not resonant

Best Uses

  • good for beginner, perhaps intermediate student
  • Practicing

Comments about Legere Reeds Bassoon Synthetic Reed:

I just received the reed today, and spent about two hours playing on it. Unlike the image, the metal cylinder at the base of my reed looks like stainless steel, not brass. The first thing that struck me is that the reed does not "crow" like a good cane reed. Then, I found it plays like a reed that doesn't crow right:The fork Eb is very unstable and sharp. All notes below low E don't speak well and it's hard to get much volume. Low D is sharp and totally breaks up when pushed to a forte level. High C does not speak easily, and high E will not play. The middle A tends to crack a lot and is difficult to slur up to (I am not a "flicker"). Finally, the reed accumulates moisture quickly and sounds hissy or spitty after just a couple minutes but that could just be me and a result of trying to compensate for its problems. In short, it behaves like a cane reed that is poorly adjusted, too thick at the tip and heart of the reed. On the plus side, the tone is not particularly bright, but it also is not very resonant. I would describe the tone quality as thin. I understand that there are ways to adjust the reed with hot water and use of mandrel and plaque. I'll report back if I can improve it.

 
5.0

I am very pleased with this reed.

By HiLo

from Waynesboro, PA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Legere Reeds Bassoon Synthetic Reed:

    I have had and used this reed for only one week and at this point in time I am very pleased with the tone and response. I will definitely plan on buying again. A bit pricey but it performs well.

     
    5.0

    I would definitely purchase this product again!

    By Bassoonplayer67

    from Virginia Beach, VA

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Lives up to all other positive evaluations!

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Legere Reeds Bassoon Synthetic Reed:

      As an experienced bassoonist of 50+ years and at the recommendation of a fellow player, I played the Medium Legere Bassoon Reed for the past year. It withstood multiple hours of rehearsals and performances with no variation in consistency of pitch and significantly improved the quality of sound. Gentle rinsing with mild soap and a pipe cleaner keep it free of buildup. It is one of the best investments in my playing career!

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