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    I just played my first solo gig on the Legere Signature 2.5 reed and I have some thoughts. First, I have only tried one other brand of synthetic reed in modern times and that was the Hartmann Fiberreed Carbon. In fairness to Hartmann, I don't think that I ever found the right strength but the ones that I have are too soft or too hard and difficult for me to control, especially in the upper register and when subtoning.

    I got the Legere about a week or so ago and I've been playing it on my Black Widow 8 and I can't really point out any difficulties in response or intonation. I really didn't expect the reed to play as comfortably as it does, so that was a pleasant surprise. The first practice session with it left me all smiles. There's no warm up time for the reed so it plays great as soon as I put on the mouthpiece. I have a "wooden reed" mentality so I was a little bit skeptical about its ability to perform well consistently. Thankfully, I was wrong. Second session, still great.

    I normally play Rigotti Gold 2.5 Strong on the BW and I like them a lot, but, as reeds go they're subject to not respond well when the weather/humidity changes. Here in California the dry air wreaks havoc with my reeds at the worst times. Those days are over. No squeaks, chirps or dead sounds any more.

    The BW mouthpiece responds great, anyway so I'm ahead of the mouthpiece battle and that part is out of the equation. The sound is more similar to good cane than I've ever experienced with a synthetic. I tried Bari reeds a hundred or so years ago and they were very bright. The Hartmanns, while not bad sounding, are brighter than the Legere.

    Maybe this will help someone in their decision to try the Legere. They are expensive at $30 a pop but I've heard that they last a long time. I can just about say with certainty that I'm done with cane.

    Edited to add: my little 5-song mini concert went fabulously.
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    Please post some examples. Always great to see how other players sound on the Legere reads. Probably two years into using them and super happy. The consistency is fabulous.

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    I've been using Legere synthetic reeds for about a year. My teacher recommended it to me. Very easy to play (I'm a newbe to tenor) and consistent tone. Occasionally switch to cane reeds and find the cane has a more mellow tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzboyfunk View Post
    Please post some examples. Always great to see how other players sound on the Legere reads. Probably two years into using them and super happy. The consistency is fabulous.
    I'll have some stuff posted soon.
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    I liked to play Legere Signatures but they were hard on my bottom lip. Sometimes I'd end up with a bleeding bottom lip (happened several times with the Legere) but never had this issue with regular wood. My lips are little thinner than normal as I found out in high school playing brass instruments that my lips burst easier than most folks. They played and sounded great.

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    Having a similar experience to GHAwk in Norcal. (been playing the Legere about 2 weeks) Not having the reed constantly changing with humidity is a joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonepeter View Post
    Having a similar experience to GHAwk in Norcal. (been playing the Legere about 2 weeks) Not having the reed constantly changing with humidity is a joy.
    Sacramento here. TERRIBLE reed issues. I'm from a humid climate so this lack of humidity drives me nuts where reeds are concerned. The Legere has taken the reed out of the equation totally for me.

    Alphaman, I have thin lips, too but cane reeds seem to be worse for me for some reason...especially on soprano. I haven't tried Legeres on soprano, yet but I'm gonna.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GHawk View Post
    I'll have some stuff posted soon.
    Your Youtube clips are fantastic. Wasn't sure if they were with the Legeres yet. Look forward to the new clips.

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    [QUOTE=GHawk;3126522]Sacramento here. TERRIBLE reed issues. I'm from a humid climate so this lack of humidity drives me nuts where reeds are concerned. The Legere has taken the reed out of the equation totally for me.

    Napa here. It is so nice to know what I am going to get when I pick up the horn!

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    I use the Legere reeds on my mouthpieces and they sound and respond fantastic.
    They also last an extremely long time.

    Very happy with them.

    Enjoy them Greg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzboyfunk View Post
    Your Youtube clips are fantastic. Wasn't sure if they were with the Legeres yet. Look forward to the new clips.
    Thank you! Nothing with the Legeres yet, but soon.
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    I covered this more extensively in another thread (in the ligs section), but I just received a Legere Signature reed yesterday and so far my experience is exactly as Greg wrote in his OP here. It far exceeded my expectations in that right from the start it was as good as the best of my Rigotti Golds. I won't say it was better or even noticeably different tone wise than the Rigottis, but it was just as good as the best ones. Which is saying a lot because the convenience and long-lasting quality (still to be proven, but I'm taking Mark and other's word for that right now) of the Legere will be a huge bonus. I wasn't looking for a better tone quality with the Legere, just something close to cane and I'm quite certain no one would hear any difference, which is what I was hoping for. And yeah, I play a lot of outdoor gigs and have noticed how in some cases that can have a bad effect on the cane reeds, so that would be yet another bonus.

    I went with a #2 Legere (on my Black Widow 9) due to the open tip mpcs I play, but I was using Rigotti 3 light and 2.5 strong, so I'm wondering if maybe I should try a 2.25 or 2.5 in the Legeres. The 2 plays great and doesn't seem too soft, though. Any thoughts on that? Probably only one way to find out...

    p.s. How long does a Legere reed last for you Mark?

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    just ordered a Legere signature in 2.25 I have been using F.Hemke 2 or Rico Royal's 2.5's I cant wait for it to get here should be here by the weekend I hope, can't wait to try it out I hope the strength is OK I will be playing on a Link STM 6

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    Really a great reed brother, i love my Légère reeds.
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    I've been using Legere Sigs 2.25 for a few years now and love them. I just got a Black Widow 7* and they are a perfect match. I tried a few cane reeds on it, but keep coming back to the Sigs. In the past I tried fibracell (too stiff and muted for me), and pretty much all the various Hartmann reeds (way too shrill for my tastes) and the Legere sigs are the most natural sounding to me. Here are some recent sound clips from a jam band I play in. This was my first gig using the BW, and I can't say it sounds as good as Greg, but it's another data point for you regarding the sigs. I also use the BW/sigs in a couple of jazz bands but haven't gotten a good recording yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL View Post
    I went with a #2 Legere (on my Black Widow 9) due to the open tip mpcs I play, but I was using Rigotti 3 light and 2.5 strong, so I'm wondering if maybe I should try a 2.25 or 2.5 in the Legeres. The 2 plays great and doesn't seem too soft, though. Any thoughts on that? Probably only one way to find out...
    i've also been using legere signatures with a black widow 9. i have a 2 and a 2.5 (both from before i got the widow). the 2 feels a bit weak up high for me, so i've been using the 2.5, but i'm definitely working harder than i want to with it, so i'm definitely planning to pick up a 2.25 soon.

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    SAXONABIKE: The 2.25 sounds like it will be a dream fit for you. Fuller sound, and even better altisimo. I look forward to hearing about that after you get a couple.
    I really appreciate all of the kind words you all have to say about my mouthpieces. I’m so happy you are enjoying your Black Widow mpcs. This type of stuff is the most meaningful to me.

    Greg, I really look forward to hearing new audios with the Legere.

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    I agree with Mark, if you want to get a bit more strength for altissimo control, moving up 1/4 strength is probably the best, from personal experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jski2011 View Post
    just ordered a Legere signature in 2.25 I have been using F.Hemke 2 or Rico Royal's 2.5's I cant wait for it to get here should be here by the weekend I hope, can't wait to try it out I hope the strength is OK I will be playing on a Link STM 6
    I use 2.75 on a STM 6* tenor

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    I find using a #2 Sig on my Black Widow 8* tenor mpc works real good for me. Very easy blowing, great for a restaurant, lounge or softer type job.. I found the 2.5 a tad stiff, I'll be adding a 2.25 to my collection for the harder blowing gigs.. I have tried my Legere Sig 2.0 briefly on my other Tenor mpcs as well, my metal Boss 9, my DG super king and a couple Lakeys, same result..very nice..!!

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