Forming a Bassoon Reed

Bassoon Wire Gauge: Does It Make a Difference?

Each bassoon reed maker has a personal preference for the wire gauge selected to make reeds. There are many considerations that factor into selecting the best wire gauge for different reed styles. This article looks at five different wire gauges and the effects each has on bassoon reeds.
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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 CDC-approved COVID-19 sanitizing methods that we have applied for possible reed sanitizing.
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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.
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Three Shapton Ceramic Stones - Medium Grits

Caring For and Using Your Shapton Ceramic Stone

It is important to care for your ceramic stone properly to get the longest use out of it and for it to do the best job sharpening your knives. The following paragraphs come directly from the care and use instructions given with Shapton ceramic sharpening stones.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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