The LA bassoonist Abe Weiss was featured on the TV show “How It’s Made” making a bassoon reed!
King Bassoon Reeds is now offering GSP for bassoon. The bassoon gouged, shaped, and profiled cane sells very fast and so is hard to keep supplying, but now with the school year out (less orders) we have more time to process cane.
This cane is made using traditional Herzberg measurements and the Herzberg shape. This is all made with California cane which has a medium hard density.
Bassoonist John Campbell made and posted an excellent video series last fall of his reed making process. The videos show his equipment, many of them are no longer made; and custom made tools, like his tip filing jig. John’s tip finishing is along the lines of what David McGill does, I have never seen or known the tip measurements for this style of reed, so I suggest giving it a watch!
Legere has been making some great bassoon reeds! but they left out us contra players. So this is a video on making plastic reeds from a commonly found item, a Slurpee!
I have just started working with a new batch of cane and it is very high quality. This is cane that was cut 2 years ago and is on the harder side. It seems more middle of the road and has been great with the Fox 2 shape for bassoon and Reiger K1 on contrabassoon. If you are interested in some reeds head over to King Bassoon Reeds or email me if you are interested in cane.