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Dr. Coughlin's Recommended Reeds

I strongly recommend Legere reeds for clarinet and for saxophone. They are made out of a synthetic material that responds and vibrates in a way very similar to good cane reeds.
They are more expensive than cane reeds, but they offer several advantages:
They last much longer than cane reeds. Four Legere reeds if cared for properly and rotated on a regular basis can last for a few months (or even several months) depending on how long and how often you practice and perform.
They are very consistent. While they are not all exactly alike, I have never had a Legere reed that didn’t perform well. When I used to play on cane reeds I found that only two to four of a box of 10 reeds played well (more often than not, it was only two reeds). Those good reeds would only last a few weeks, at best. One of the problems that students have in playing cane reeds is that they try to play on every reed in a box, and they are not able to distinguish which reeds are good and which reeds are not good. Usually, they are playing on bad cane reeds, producing an inferior tone without realizing it.
Legere reeds produce a warm, full tone, as good as the very best cane reeds, and far better than all of the mediocre and bad cane reeds in a box.

I have a great deal of experience with Legere reeds and have been playing them for more than four years. During that time I have used them in performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera Company, and many other freelance gigs. I have also played them on several recitals, all with positive results. Since switching to Legere reeds, I have not looked back to cane reeds.

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