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1. Hi Marc! What are the stages in the innovation process for a new model of reed?
First of all, we have to listen to the demands and expectations of musicians. Feedback and experience then enable me to design an initial steel prototype, the “pattern”, a mold designed to a precision of one hundredth of a millimeter, which will be used to create the first reeds.
These are sent to musicians and tested under extreme playing conditions.
The musicians’ feedback will enable me to adjust the initial pattern. Several other tests will then be repeated until the new model is finalized. Once the model meets the desired criteria, the steel pattern is placed in an oven at over 800°C. This is the "steel hardening" stage. The steel mold is the central component of the beveling machine. It serves as the replicating element, ensuring consistent shaping. A measuring roller will read the dimensions of this steel template, and by means of a cutting mechanism, precisely shape the reed with utmost accuracy. This process gives it great stability over time.
For example, in total, more than 18 months were necessary to develop the mold for the Exclusive model. Similarly, the different saxophone models also underwent an extensive journey of refinement and innovation.
2. Can you describe the qualities of the Exclusive reeds for clarinet?
The Exclusive is cut from the core of a thick reed cane. With greater material density, it produces a warm sound, rich in harmonics. The Exclusive is intended for professional musicians. The qualities of the Exclusive are a great purity of sound and very good projection, precise staccato attack, flexibility in articulations, and an excellent response in all registers.
3. Would you like to add anything for our community of musicians?
To all the incredible musicians who inspire us, thank you for being a part of our community. At Steuer, we strive to do our very best for our artists, combining the best in innovation and craftsmanship. We are honored to play a small part in helping you resonate with the world!