James Kopp & Associates
Reedmakers for Bassoon
REEDS FOR CONTRA
contra reed (right) gives a penetrating sound and is unusually
strong and responsive in the third octave. The hand-adjusted gouge
allows the blades to vibrate freely, even though they are left largely
in bark. Meanwhile, the reed is sensitive enough to produce a clear
but delicate pianissimo. This reed, if completely dry, must be soaked
for about 20 minutes in warm before use, and must be kept damp for
Our standard contra reed (left) offers
instant response and a wide dynamic range. Analogous in design to
our medium bassoon reed, it is made of very hard cane but engineered
to respond easily in all registers.
To insure that your contra reed will fit your bocal properly,
please specify one of the following tip sizes (inside diameter): circa
5 mm (Fox, Heckel, and others) or circa 4 mm (Mollenhauer and others).