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.

Oboe Reed Profiling Machine by Reeds ‘n Stuff

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.

Reeds n Stuff Bassoon Cane Profiler

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 Reed Making Tools

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 in this. What this blog post is not is a tutorial on how exactly to use these tools.