Top symphonic and jazz musicians have been using the Légère single reeds for more than a decade. From the principals of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, to jazz greats like Gerald Albright and Hamiet Bluiett, our reeds have been tested at the highest possible level. Now this same exceptional quality is available in a Légère bassoon reed.
Like our single reeds, Légère bassoon reeds have all the depth and warmth that elite players demand. Because they are made from our specially prepared synthetic material, they deliver all the advantages of a traditional Légère reed; consistency, durability and an instant response.
Légère bassoon reeds are cut from our own unique polymer on 3-axis, computer controlled precision cutting machines. We can also measure our reeds with extreme precision using computer controlled equipment, and this allows us to maintain very tight quality control.
The reeds are cut in halves using our own customized profiles which are 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 which is perfectly balanced in both blades, and has just the right combination of tip thickness, heart, and flexibility.
Special Note: Double reeds do not qualify for our "Exchange of Strength" policy. We will, of course, replace a reed in the unlikely event of a manufacturing defect or shipping damage, but exchanges are considered on a case by case basis.
Hello - this is Paul Hanson, bassoonist with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Cirque Du Soleil ZED, DAVKA, Peter Erskine, Steve Erquiaga, Dennis Chambers, Oakland EastBay Symphony, The Klezmorim, Billy Childs, Tracy Silverman and many more.
Recently I was given an opportunity to try Légère's new bassoon reed prototype. I was expecting it to sound like an electric kazoo. When I tried it-I was blown away by how musical, warm, dynamic the reed sounded. I was and still am amazed. Not only does it play like one of the best cane reeds ever but it STAYS THE SAME for MONTHS! It doesn't change after a 4-hour intense gig. It doesn't change in dry or wet, cold or hot weather. I CAN DEPEND on this reed to deliver exactly what I want it to. The dynamics of this reed are second to none. What a fabulous idea; for people who just like to play and not spend half their lives profiling cane and watching it dry - the Légère bassoon reed.
About the most radical development in bassoon reed technology that I'm aware of in the last 100 years.
"Through many works, both orchestral and chamber, my Légère Reed performed reliably with fewer changes due to weather than cane reeds. I felt this allowed me to refine my nuances of phrasing more than ever before.”
-Stephen Paulson, Principal Bassoonist of the San Francisco Symphony