Welcome to Hodge Products Double Reed Blog

Get your questions about double reed related topics answered.

Oboe Topics

Oboe Topics

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

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Bassoon Topics

Bassoon Topics

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

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Miscellaneous Topics

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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Bassoon Reeds: How do I wade through the choices?

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: “Which 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.

Building Your Set of Bassoon Reed Tools

This post is aimed at young (perhaps second year) bassoon students, their parents, and those who have not yet learned to make bassoon reeds. The following list of tools includes those I always carry to rehearsals and when teaching private students, just in case of a reed emergency. All of these items are relatively easy to find and come in handy for maintaining your reeds. They will also be used in making your own reeds. I’ll describe the uses briefly here.