Legere American Cut Synthetic Reed for Tenor Sax
The American Cut represents the next generation of Légère saxophone reeds. From the first note, the reed speaks with total ease while giving players just the right amount of edge. It is free-blowing, colourful, and loaded with personality.
The American Cut is unlike any reed you’ve ever played. By taking material from the outside of the reed and pushing it towards the heart, the reed maintains its stiffness while allowing the edges to vibrate as freely as possible. This change creates a sharp spine through the centre of the vamp giving the reed its unique appearance.
The American Cut’s distinct profile is what gives players a full, clear low register and vibrant altissimo.
Made For Jazz
After years of research, more than ten design iterations, and hundreds of test reeds issued, the American Cut is the most thoroughly developed reed Légère has ever produced. This extensive testing process was conducted for one purpose; to create a jazz reed that offers total performance freedom while delivering the dependability that Légère reeds have become known for.
Tried synthetic reeds in the past? You haven’t tried this one.
As far as I'm concerned, this is the best Legere reed yet. I've always liked the Signature, but this takes the response and tone to a new level. There's a nice degree of natural sax buzz, and it doesn't sound 'hollow' or 'alternative' like some syntheitcs do, it just sounds like a really good Jazz Select. There is an even-ness across the whole register and it pops so easily in the altissimo. I think I should point out that I was testing the reed with an Alexander Superial tenor ebonite mouthpiece. Like all of these things I think there will be some mouthpieces that just work better with the reed than others. This set-up was immediately responsive (althought I had to adjust down from a 2.5 to a 2.25 to suit the 8 tip opening of the Alexander) but I feel there may be slightly more suitable mouthpieces to draw the best qualities out of this new reed, perhaps something with a slightly smaller chamber (the Alexander has a big, traditional and expansive jazz sound). However, the more time I spent playing with this set-up and I started to draw out the true scope and flexibility on hand with this reed.
I thought it would be important and useful to compare to Legere's other flagship reed, the Signature. When swapping over to the Signature I found the sound good, but a little more introverted and just a tad lacking in freedom of response by way of comparison. The new American Cut has a little more presence in the upper harmonics, but without being cutting in any way. Even when pushed to the max the tone has integrity and fullness. You can really tell that Legere have been pushing the boundaries with the development of this reed, and I think it's going to be a BIG success.
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