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If you don't see what you are looking for below, contact us about a custom order. We have a number of other models in development and a variety of machinery which can be tailored to suit your needs.
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Baroque Bassoon Reeds

FOR THE 21st CENTURY PERFORMER

You can order Baroque Bassoon Reeds based on Five shapes: the Rieger 25, B5B, B6, the Fox AB/E, and the Reeds’n Stuff BF. The Rieger 25 is used for numerous copies of historical instruments, the B5B works well with both the Wolf Eichentopf and Scherer models, the B6 works best with the Wolf HKICW, while the Fox AB/E is a custom design intended for the Eichentopf model by Peter de Koningh. The Reeds’n Stuff BF model is an experimental shape based on Donna Agrell’s shaper tip. More shapes will soon be available.

All of our reeds are made from the highest quality cane and are machined with unparalleled precision. We gouge our cane to an accuracy of  +/-0.01mm.

Our profiles are based on Lou Skinner’s Tip Taper (as described in The Bassoon Reed Manual, by James R. McKay et al.), giving a free-blowing, dark, vibrant sound perfect for the demands of the professional baroque bassoonist. While the dimensions of our reeds are tailored for every individual historical instrument (thicknesses vary), the graph below demonstrates the two fundamental profiles which we follow.

Classical Bassoons Reeds

BOCAL-SPECIFIC DESIGNS

While there is no doubt that most bassoon makers today choose to copy instruments by Johann Heinrich Grenser, few of those instruments have survived with original bocals. Each maker produces their own versions of crooks which suit the instruments they copy, some being more faithful to surviving crooks than others. We make reeds to accommodate a variety of bocal models for Grenser instruments at A=430hz, including those by Orriols/Bonair, Peter de Koningh, Robert Cronin, and Vincenzo Onida. Furthermore, custom reeds can be fashioned for players who supply their bocal length.

All of our reeds are made from the highest quality cane and are machined with unparalleled precision. We gouge our cane to an accuracy of +/-0.01mm.

You can order Classical Bassoon Reeds in three shapes: the Rieger 25 (see above for description), the Fox AB/E (see above for description), and the Rieger 7. The Rieger 7 is a copy of Donna Agrell’s shaper and is best matched with long bocals (Orriols/Bonair, Peter de Koningh, Vincenzo Onida).

As with our Baroque Bassoon Reeds, our Classical Bassoon Reed profiles are based on Lou Skinner’s Tip Taper (as described in The Bassoon Reed Manual, by James R. McKay et al.), and are designed to play the full range of the late-Classical/early-Romantic repertoire (up to high D/Eb).

Heckel Bassoon Reeds

THE CLASSIC AMERICAN DESIGN

Our Heckel Bassoon Reeds are based on Lou Skinner’s Tip Taper Reed (as described in The Bassoon Reed Manual, by James R. McKay et al.) and are built with unparalleled precision. Each piece of cane is selected for its vibrating potential and gouged to an accuracy of +/-0.01mm. Currently we use a Fox 2 shaper for all orders but more shapes (Herzberg, Knochenhauer) will be available soon.