James Kopp & Associates
Reedmakers for Bassoon
REEDS FOR BAROQUE
The new standard baroque reed model,
our first recommendation for players of most baroque bassoons, offers
the widest dynamic range and richest tone of all our baroque models.
Despite its unfamiliar appearance, it responds easily for both novice
and experienced players. It actually simplifies fingering of many
pitches; with this reed, many baroque bassoons (including Eichentopf
and Scherer reproductions) will play simpler, "shorter"
fingerings with excellent intonation and response. It is a large
reed, made with uniformly gouged, medium-hard cane. (Prudent and
Stanesby players may or may not prefer a shorter blade length; please
specify or inquire.)
For customers who have developed a fondness, we continue
to offer three popular models:
The hand-thinned gouge of the short-scrape baroque
reed (left) leaves denser cane at the reed's tip, which makes
for a penetrating tone. It is compatible with a wide variety of baroque
bassoons. This reed, if completely dry, must be soaked for about 20 minutes
in warm water before use, and must be kept damp for optimal response.
The Eichentopf baroque reed (center) is recommended
for Eichentopf, Stanesby, and similar reproductions. The long blades help
keep the pitch down on low notes, even while the high register is strong
all the way to a'. The Prudent baroque reed (right) is recommended
for later designs like the Prudent reproduction, and for any instrument
with a longish bocal.