jazz, rock, funk, fusion and gospel on tenor, alto and soprano
I have been working with my new Legere American cut alto and tenor reeds for a couple weeks now, and although I do like the response and tone, I am staying with the Silverstein Works Alta Ambipoly reeds. The Silverstein is the only synthetic reed that gives me a warm response and warm and rich tone from low Bb all the way through my altissimo range of over an octave. Also I tried to adjust my Legere AC with a reed knife, the same way I have taken a little off the heart of my Legere Signature reeds from time to time and after just a little bit of trying to shave a tiny bit off, I destroyed the reed. I kept scraping it to try to smooth it out, but the more I scraped it, the worse it got. The reed does play ok, but the surface where I scraped it feels obnoxiously bad against my lip to the point that I don't think I can use this reed anymore. I have concluded that the AC can't be adjusted with a reed knife like the signature series. I have attached a pic of the reed I tried to adjust. Btw I bought Silverstein reeds in various strengths and found it easy to scrape a little off the ones that were too strong and I managed to get 100% of the Silverstein reeds gig ready. Once you try Silverstein, you will never go back! Free yourself from the tyranny of cane. Btw don't take that last comment too seriously, it's a joke. But the rest of this post is a very serious matter. Ambipoly reeds are worth the hefty price tag. Btw I am still playing on the first one I ever bought 11 months ago and I fully expect to get a few more months out of it.