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).