November 25, 2023

Behind the Reeds – Episode 6 – Interview Sandrine Lait

As a Specialist in the final stages of reed production at Steuer, my primary focus is on the crucial final steps in the manufacturing process. This includes measuring the strength of the reeds, engraving them, ensuring they are properly protected, and placing them in their boxes.
November 7, 2023

Behind the Reeds – Episode 5 – Interview Thierry Maison

As a Professional Musician and Musician Adviser at Steuer, my main responsibility is to test some samples before launching the beveling process. I ensure that the reeds exhibit the desired tonal properties and have the correct strength. Additionally, I also have the opportunity to represent Steuer and interact with musicians at various events and exhibitions.
November 2, 2023

Behind the Reeds – Episode 4 – Interview Marc Charpentier

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.
October 25, 2023

Behind the Reeds – Episode 3 – Interview Manon Mancaux

As a Tabling Specialist at Steuer, my main responsibility is to handle the crucial process of tabling the cane segments. Tabling involves using specialized equipment to flatten the inner part of the reed, which will be in contact with the mouthpiece. After the cane segments have been prepared by our skilled team, it's my role to ensure that each segment undergoes precise tabling. This process requires using a machine with three different-sized sanding discs to achieve the desired levels of flatness and smoothness. The tabling operation is critical, as it directly influences the sound quality of the reed.
October 18, 2023

Behind the Reeds – Episode 1 – Interview Alexandre Donati

En tant que spécialiste de la production de tubes, ma principale responsabilité consiste à transformer et sélectionner les tiges de cannes (ou « bâtons ») en tubes. Cette étape intervient après le processus de soleillage. J'inspecte méticuleusement les bâtons pour vérifier leur aspect général et j’élimine, lorsque c’est nécessaire, tout ou partie de la canne qui présenterait trop d’irrégularité. J’examine également leur couleur et leur aspect.