This is my first synthetic experience. I have been playing a legere Studio on my alto for about 4 months. Something sounded a little wierd at the jam last night. Could have been my horn, but it felt like a reed thing. Do they wear out like a cane reed? What has been your experience?
thanks in advance
I play a tenor Signature series Legere 2.5
They are a bit stiff for the first few days and then soften up to being just right.
However after that they last for around 8 or so weeks before becoming too soft for me although they still sound OK.
So basically I change them every 2 months or so which equates to around 150 hours of playing time
Sometimes I see some striations or cracks developing from the tip too so would change them at that point especially if I see them growing
Aside from that I have only ever had 1 bad one which I returned and had replaced but have also noticed that there is some variation in inter new reed hardness but nothing that has caused me too much interference
Someone told me you can rejuvenate them by sticking them in your freezer for a minute but personally ant be bothered and just prefer to break in a new one
Just find them so much more convenient than cane and the sound generated is fine for a player of my limited ability and they certainly dont stop me from developing