The Légère European Scrape Oboe reeds have been specifically designed to work for instruments and players that have used European scrape cane reeds in the past. Players accustomed to American scrape reeds may find our oboe reed to be too resistant or otherwise less than ideal. We are developing an American scrape reed in collaboration with some very prominent players in the US, but it is not ready for release, and we do not have a target date.
At present, we are only making oboe reeds in one strength, and we do not recommend scraping or adjusting Légère reeds in any way.
We use an o-ring system to ensure a good fit between the reed and the well, but this system is a bit less flexible than conventional cork. Some players have had fit issues with older instruments, but our reeds should fit most oboe wells.
We recommend that you visit a shop in person to make sure that our reeds are right for you.
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. We ask that you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for approval prior to sending back your reed. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
Légère Oboe Reeds
Designed by Guy Légère in a collaboration with Christoph Hartmann of the Berlin Philharmonic, these reeds will last for months with proper care, providing a beautiful tone with no pre-moistening required.
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 oboe reed.
Like our single reeds, Légère oboe 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 oboe 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.