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REEDS FOR CLASSICAL BASSOON

This newly designed reed (right) works so well that we've transferred the standard classical reed label to it. The high collar (the "bark": or epidermis above the first wire) helps shape the aperture of the tip, giving an acoustical advantage in terms of both timbre and dynamic range on Heinrich Grenser, Buhner & Keller, and other classical bassoons. Despite its unfamiliar appearance, it is made with uniformly gouged, medium-hard cane. Both novices and experienced players find it easily responsive.
The hand-thinned gouge of the short-scrape classical reed (left) leaves denser cane at the reed's tip, making for a penetrating tone. If completely dry, the reed must be soaked for about 20 minutes in warm before use, and must be kept damp for optimal response.