I own a legere studio cut and a signature for tenor. While I feel that the signature sounds and responds more naturally I am wondering what it is that makes it so much more expensive.
This is possible, but it's just as likely that they really are better than most other synthetic reeds, and therefore players are willing to pay a bit more for them.It could be a marketing strategy because a lot of people thinks "expensive=high quality product", also it could be a way to suggest the Signatures are better than the older models.
I believe that all plastic reeds are expensive simply because they know they'll last a long time.This is possible, but it's just as likely that they really are better than most other synthetic reeds, and therefore players are willing to pay a bit more for them.
Caveat: I'm just shooting in the dark, because I don't play synthetic reeds. Maybe I should try these, but I've always been disappointed in the past when trying out synethic reeds.
I suspect you are right. Once they pay to set up the manufacturing, it's just a bit of plastic. Pennies.I believe that all plastic reeds are expensive simply because they know they'll last a long time.
When you think about it there's probably way work to manufacture cane.
I'm pretty sure that plastic reeds have a pretty low manufacturing cost. I do find the Legere Signatures too expensive at around $25 retail. I find Fibracells and even Baris to be as good in certain applications, and at under $10, much more reasonable on the pocket. But the way price escalations are going, I won't be surprised to see one day a $80 or $100 synthetic reed, and I am sure some will still buy them...I suspect you are right. Once they pay to set up the manufacturing, it's just a bit of plastic. Pennies.
Cane on the other hand is not manufactured at all. It's grown and that's both time consuming,
I never did get into the Hartman's Carbon Fiberreed as the cost was really prohibitive to me.I once bought the Fiberreed Carbon just because the marching band that I'm in was doing The Nightmare Before Christmas as a competitive show. Other than looking awesome it was nothing special and way overpriced.
Recently I got a standard Legere for soprano for $10, and it was quite nice. I do have the Signatures for Tenor and Alto, and I don't find them very much superior, for that much higher price point. I do like the Fibracells, which seem to me more cane like among the synthetics, and the Bari is good for me on tenor and alto, but not soprano.I went on an artificial reed binge not long ago, and I actually like the studio cut better than the signature. Sadly, I liked the Fibracell better than both. Better than the Hahn/Hartmann's, as well.