Friday Reeds | Clarinet reed cuts!
On today’s #Fridayreed we discuss the differences between our Classic and Signature Series and their variety of cuts for clarinet.
The Classic Series, stems from the first Légère prototype from 1998 and is still, well, a classic! This stiffer reed produces a rich and darker sound perfect for a classical or traditional set-up. This reed is wonderful for students, marching bands and large ensembles but remains popular with players at all levels.
The Classic Series comes in two cuts: The Standard Cut (available for Bb soprano, Eb Soprano, Bb Bass and Bb contrabass) and the German Cut (available for Bb Soprano). The German cut is designed specifically for the German System due to its shorter vamp.
The Signature Series was introduced in 2009 and it is a complete reinvention of our Classic reed. Cut from a stiffer yet thinner material, it produces a warm, rich tone in all registers. It is more flexible across the tip, producing a full spectrum of overtones with minimal effort. This reed is most commonly played by intermediate and advanced players, including professionals worldwide. This reed is available in the original Signature Series cut (Available for Bb Soprano and Bb Bass) and in the European Signature Series Cut (Available for Bb soprano).
The European Cut Signature Series, was introduced in 2016 and has been our bestselling reed of all time! This reed is characterized by the shorter and wider vamp and extra band of material along the spine of the reed. This provides rigidity without compromising the reed’s free blowing nature or high register stability. The European Cut Signature Series is designed specifically for French mouthpieces and will not work on most German mouthpieces.
Which Légère reed do you play? Are you interested in trying a different style or cut? Comment below!