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.
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.
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.