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REEDS FOR MODERN BASSOON

All three models are suitable for general use on Heckel-type bassoons. Players with special requirements may prefer one model in particular.

The medium bassoon reed has a medium width, higher-density cane, and a penetrating sound preferred by many first bassoonists. For most players, it plays easily at A-440, but it has some flexibility to the sharp side. (Blue binding.)

The wide bassoon reed has a slightly wider tip, lower-density cane, and a slightly less penetrating sound preferred by many second bassoonists. For most players, it plays easily at A-440, but it has some flexibility to the flat side. (Black binding.)

The high-performance reed (HP2) is a high-performance version of the wide reed, made with denser cane, giving added mass to the blades. It requires a slightly more assertive embouchure. Extra cane thickness left in strategically chosen areas results in exceptional pitch stability, supremely reliable articulation, and an easy high E. It is recommended for solo work and large ensembles, but is flexible enough for use as a general-purpose reed. (Grey binding; this new design captures the virtues of my former HP reed, along with increased dynamic range.)