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Get your questions about double reed related topics answered.

Oboe Topics

This section covers topics related to the oboe, including reeds, swabs, and gouging machines

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Bassoon Topics

This section covers topics related to the bassoon, including reeds and tools

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Miscellaneous Topics

This page covers any other topics that aren't specific to the oboe or bassoon but are more general to both like knives, maintenance items and others.

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Reed Sanitizing

COVID-19 Reed Sanitizing

The spread of COVID-19 has brought conversations on health and hygiene to the forefront. For double reed players, this means reed sanitizing practices. Those who teach or otherwise share reeds regularly expose themselves and their students to potentially harmful pathogens. This post covers the effective and appropriate CDC approved methods for reed sanitizing.

Working with Tube Cane from a Bassoonist’s Perspective

Overall, I want to share my observations on cane hardness, ease of use, and effort it takes to reach a reed I like. We sell several different brands of cane, and at three different levels of processing. We offer GSP (as noted above, that’s gouged, shaped, and profiled) cane, so that you can make reeds just with hand tools. We also sell gouged cane, which has been split, pre-gouged, and gouged.

Reeds ‘n Stuff Oboe Reed Profiler

I’ve just tried the five different templates on the Reeds ‘n Stuff oboe reed profiling machine. First, a caveat. This is the first time I’ve tried a profiling machine. I found it very easy to use and to figure out. I’ll spend this blog going over the general features of this profiling machine. Then I’ll go into each template separately.

Ortwein Balance Hangers for Bassoon

A balance hanger is a useful tool for the bassoonist to play standing up. It helps you to balance the bassoon, with its weight distributed more evenly between both hands. If encouraged or required to play standing, this will help make your job easier.

Bassoon Reed-Making Machines

Wow! Everything I tried was simpler, smoother, quieter, and faster than my Rieger machines. This could be in part to my Rieger machine blades needing to be sharpened, and I may need to oil the mechanisms on some of my machines. Nothing was wrong with my personal machines, but each RnS machine was impressive! I found it to be in the details where the differences came to light. I’ll give a brief description of each of the Reeds ‘n Stuff machines.

ReedGeek

ReedGeek Tools – Why would I want one?

What’s up with all the different ReedGeek tools? They all kind of look the same, and they all seem to do the same thing. So what gives? ReedGeek’s rise in popularity, and the reason for its design overall, was the fact that it could function like a reed knife, but lacked a dedicated “blade” which was banned from carry-on luggage during air travel.

Bassoon Tools: Toward Making Your Own Reeds

This blog post is aimed at students who are fairly comfortable with the processes of adjusting your reeds (I started adjusting in my second year of playing, just for reference, and that was possibly early), their parents, and anyone else interested this. What this blog post is not is a tutorial on how exactly to use these tools.

Bassoon Reeds: What Bassoon Reed Should I Buy?

I played eight reeds in every line of reeds that we sell. This was to determine what were the best and most consistent qualities across each line. My hope is that by going through this process, I can guide you to the reed that you feel could be the best fit for your needs or those of your students. Included is a chart to help you identify the traits you are looking for with as much information as I can give you.

Oboe Reeds: “What oboe reed should I buy?”

I have tried eight of every oboe reed that we sell at Hodge Products in order to give you a good overview of the qualities of each of the types of reeds. Before we start, let me say that every oboe player is different. Their physiology is different. Their instruments are different. Their ideal sound is different. So each player’s ideal setup combination is unique.