Material: Red Brass
Suited to: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Oboe and Bassoon
How to choose your lefreque?
The LefreQue has been developed universally, nevertheless there are a number of recommended combinations for each instrument. Below you can find the recommended combinations. These combinations are derived from years’ worth of research and the physical dimensions of each instrument.
You can improve the sound of the flute in three places: a sound bridge on the connection between the head joint and the body, between body and foot and between head joint and the crown. The most is gained at the connection between the head joint and the body. For a flute a LefreQue of 33mm or 41mm is recommended. The connection between head joint and body and body to foot requires a 70mm elastic and for the connection between crown to head joint requires a band of 55mm.
The clarinet has four connections that may be improved with a sound bridge: the most improvement may be achieved with a 33mm LefreQue between the mouthpiece and the barrel. A 33mm LefreQue can also be placed between the barrel and the upper joint and between the upper joint and lower joint. The last improvement may be gained with a 33mm or 41mm LefreQue sound bridge between the lower joint and the bell. In all cases you will need 85mm elastic bands.
The biggest improvement with a saxophone is achievable at the connection between the mouthpiece and the rest of the instrument. Due to the sound absorbing cork, that creates an airtight connection between the mouthpiece and the rest of the instrument, there is a lot of improvement possible in the frequency transfer.
For Soprano and sopranino saxophones is the 33mm LefreQue with a 45mm band the best fit. For Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones a 41mm is more fitting, especially if the cork is a bit longer. To use with the sound bridge the 55mm elastic bands are the best fit. You can also place a sound bridge on the connection between neck and body. The 55mm Xtra Curved LefreQue is the best fit for this with 2 Special 70mm bands to attach it. For the connections between body and bell curve and bell curve and bell the LefreQue 33mm or 41mm is recommended together with the Special 150mm band.
Trumpet, Flugelhorn and French Horn
A 33mm LefreQue with a 45mm band or a 41mm LefreQue with a 55mm band fits the best on French horns, Flugelhorns and trumpets.
Trombone and Euphonium
For trombones and Euphoniums a 41mm LefreQue with a 55mm band or the 76mm LefreQue with two 55mm bands is recommended. The sound bridge is placed over the connection with the mouthpiece.
The tuba has one connection that could be improved with a LefreQue: Between the mouthpiece and the leadpipe. The 41mm, the 76mm or the 106mm LefreQue with two 55mm bands is recommended for the tuba.
Oboe and Bassoon
A special sound bridge has been developed for bassoon and oboe with a higher curve, which means that the sound bridge fits effortlessly between the reed and the instrument. The 55mm Xtra Curved could be fitted with the double reed band. A second LefreQue could be placed over the connection with the bell. For the Oboe a 41mm with a 85mm band is recommended, for the bassoon a 76mm Lefreque and a special bassoon band.
De LefreQue’s are made from a number of different materials. Below you can find the properties of each material, the information is sorted in an ascending order. Every LefreQue has its own properties and the more precious the metal, the bigger the effect becomes. When in doubt you are more than welcome to try out our collection of LefreQue’s at one of our locations. Contact us for the availability of our LefreQue products. As a rule of thumb that is given by LefreQue is that the material of the sound bridge has to be at least the same or higher than the instrument for which it is meant. For wood instruments the best result will be achieved with a solid silver or higher material.
Clear Sound, a lot of core and a fast response.
Rounder Sound, a lot of core and a fast response.
Red Brass, Silver Plated
Rounder Sound, a lot of core and a fast response. The silver plating creates sparkling overtones.
Red Brass, Gold Plated
Rounder Sound, a lot of core and a fast response. The gold plating, normal and rosé, creates richer and warmer overtones.
Pure, warm sound with a great number of overtones. More mass, speed, sparkling and a heightened flexibility in dynamics.
Solid Silver, Gold plated
Pure, warm sound with a great number of overtones. More mass, speed, sparkling and a heightened flexibility in dynamics. The gold plating, normal and rosé, creates richer and warmer overtones.
This is the superlative of the Solid Silver: Incomparably pure and warm sound. Indescribable overtones. The purer the gold the greater the effect.
This is the superlative of the Solid Gold: A pure and warm sound that is absolutely unparalleled. Indescribable overtones.