Friday Reeds | Taking Care of your Légère
On today’s #Fridayreed we will discuss a common question we receive: How do should I properly handle and care for my Légère?
First, remove the reed from the case or box carefully and by the stock, or lower end, avoiding the tip as much as possible. While our synthetic reeds are more durable than cane reeds, they can be easily damaged if mishandled, especially at the tip. Treat the reed with the same care you would a cane reed.
Place the reed on your mouthpiece and secure it with a ligature. The tip of the reed will line up with the tip of the mouthpiece.
There is no need to moisten a Légère reed, it will play like pre-moistened cane directly from the box!
The reed may feel slightly different on the embouchure since there is no natural grain or cane fibers on it. It will also be tasteless, which most musicians tend to prefer. It may take the reed a few notes to warm up to its full potential, but Légère reeds will not need to be “broken-in”, soaked or dried like cane.
Humidity, temperature, pressure, and other environmental factors will not affect the sound and playability of your Legere reed, meaning you will not need to do any maintenance prior to an outdoor concert or change of venue!
When you are finished playing on your reed, carefully loosen the ligature and remove it from the mouthpiece. Wipe the reed down on a piece of clean paper towel or cloth sanitize it appropriately. Warm water and a mild detergent and recommended.
While synthetic reeds are more resistant to warping than cane, we recommend storing the reed flat in a protective sleeve or reed case to prolong its lifetime. Rotating your reed, after an hour or so of playing, with a few other Légère reeds will also guarantee longevity!