Hand Made bassoon reeds
Playing the bassoon is so much more fun when you have a good reed. I have spent many years perfecting reed making to produce reeds that I enjoy playing on personally and over the last five years I have found others like them a lot too!
I currently make bassoon reeds for many professional players as well as for amateurs and students all around the world.
To order (minimum order two reeds please) just click on "buy this item" below the picture. This will let you order with Paypal. Please note you do not need a Paypal account to use this service as it also lets you use a debit or credit card. Please use the instructions/comments section of the order form to tell me what make and model of bassoon you play on and what crook (bocal) you are using as well as the type of playing you do. Then I will be able to match the reeds I send you to your requirements.
If you would like more information please email me via the contact page.
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Please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery as I make reeds in batches and stages and allow them to settle and thus delivery time will vary. If you need reeds urgently let me know and I will try to help.
You will get a Paypal notification when the reeds are posted - please keep an eye out for this and let me know when the reeds arrive. Sadly Royal Mail is not the 100% success it was in years gone by and a few packages have gone astray this year where I have had to re-send.
"The reeds are great, thanks! They really match what I was looking for and give me renewed confidence in being able to find decent reeds! I recently played in a concert including Firebird and Mozart D minor Piano Concerto at The Cadogan Hall and they worked a treat. Will certainly be ordering from you again. Many thanks. E.B."
"Thanks so much for prompt delivery and excellent selection - I've never been able to play a reed straight from the box before :-) Every single note seems to be in tune (not something I'm used to on a Puchner!) Very happy indeed. S. also tried them both so you never know, you might have found yourself another new customer…R.L.
"Received the reeds and tried them out – never had such luck trying them straight out of the box before! I’m going to set about playing them in of course, but thank you so much – these reeds are really wonderful. Will definitely be coming to you in the future!" J.B.
"Thanks for the four reeds. They are wonderful! I have not contacted you before this since I wanted to let them play in a bit. All of them produce a lovely rich sound, and even though they are free blowing, the upper register is clear and stable." Lewis Lipnick, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington.
"I finally took time out last night to try my new reeds from you - I fell in love with bassoon playing again, so thank you! I've been struggling a bit recently with the reeds I'd tried, so it was just amazing to find a new reed which played well from the start." PB, UK.
"Many thanks for really first class service. And reeds that "do what they say on the tin, CW"
"Reeds have been fab - many thanks! M. won the music competition on one of them! He's very chuffed - very nice trophy!"
"I've tried them both and they are WONDERFUL!!! The issue of being sharp is gone, and that's through all the octaves. They're incredibly easy to play in the upper register, with a Bb and C above the clef that sound better than they ever have before. Thank you. I will order some more." PW, Canada
"Thank you very much for the reeds - they arrived on Saturday morning and I actually used one for a concert the same day. Lovely, free blowing reed. Quite different to what I usually play on (I usually play on harder reeds) but I used it again last night and it was still good. Are they slightly shorter than standard length reeds? If so, I think this is fine for me as I do find I play a little flat on my Heckel no. 2 crook and have to work hard sometimes to push the pitch up. In fact someone complimented me on my consistent tuning and tone quality on Saturday eve!" AK.
"The reeds arrived on Tuesday, earlier than expected! I am already using one at work, and a student has poached one. They are great, may I order some more please" BH, New Zealand
"Really like the reeds you sent ! So lovely play a reed that sounds good from the start rather than having to 'break them in '! I'm going to order some more through the website..." CH.
"I really enjoy using your reeds. They are so very different from those I am used, far more refined, and have a bright lively tone. I notice that I can better control dynamics and produce a purer tone in the upper registers... they are the best reeds I have
used." GW, Australia.
"I found them free blowing and they will play high and low notes with ease. The sound is good especially for orchestral work...visually the reeds look perfect; when you squeeze the gap shuts at the edges first and then in the middle. Very pleased. NC. UK
"I don't think I could have done it without your reeds (Shos 9) - certainly one thing I didn't have to worry about on Saturday night - the leaps to the C Sharp, and the D presented no problems whatsoever." JH, Australia.
"I have just got back from a week of "Carmen" and you had an entire bassoon section playing on your reeds - they worked well so thanks so much." RE. UK
"Thank you for your reeds-this is the best reed I ever played!!!
It is wonderful and amazing sound to playing! (sic) I want to try medium and medium hard bacause I want to prectice reed fixing. Thank you for your kindness"
"Thank you for the reeds which are super. It’s made me want to play again! Thanks for everything and here’s to future orders. One very satisfied customer." BP. UK
"I'd just like to personally thank you for your wonderful reed! I find it much easier to play in the high and low registers which is what I had difficulty with when playing on other reeds...Really high quality stuff so thanks again." GC. Ireland
"The black one was absolutely perfect without any adjustment and was very comfortable for the way I play..I am a very happy customer." RH. UK
"The reeds you sent are best yet ,they are all very responsive." DJ UK