Category Archives: Reeds & Reedmaking

First tools for reed making/adjusting

Here’s a quick shopping list for the (few) tools needed for beginning reed making/adjusting: Mandrel. I recommend the forming mandrel #2130 sold by Womble Williams. You can make your own holding mandrel with a mandrel pin and a do-it-yourself handle. … Continue reading

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Popkin-Glickman Bassoon Camp

The Popkin-Glickman Bassoon Camp is a great way to focus on all things bassoon for ten days in the beautiful mountains of Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Our friend, James Poe is the reed making expert at the camp. This year’s … Continue reading

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First tools for adjusting reeds

The least invasive procedure for improving your bassoon reed involves adjusting the wires. This is safe because you can always restore the wire configuration to what it was before. Since the wires complement each other, you can open the reed … Continue reading

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Really cool reed-making video

Abe Weiss has a new reed-making video: The complete DVD is available here.

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New bassoon reed source!

Here is the link to a new bassoon reed maker! Dave’s Reeds He includes a detailed description and instructions on adjusting reeds. We’ve tried his prototypes and really like ’em!

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Bassoon reedmaking pliers . . .

Here is a list of links to bassoon reedmaking pliers (as of February 2012). These pliers feature wire cutter and oval forming cut out. Midwest Musical Imports (Solution): $22 Advantage: $28.50 Prestini: $40 Miller Marketing: $45-$55 Nielsen Woodwinds: $46.95 Midwest … Continue reading

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Wilbur H. Simpson’s bassoon reed making notes

I was a student of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s second bassoonist, Wilbur H. Simpson, from 1968-1975. He was also bassoon professor at Northwestern University and gave me copies of some reed making handouts he used in classes there. In addition, … Continue reading

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Reedmaking Books

Here are two good reedmaking books. The first, by Christopher Weait, is an excellent basic guide. The second, by Mark Popkin & Loren Glickman, is more advanced and in its third edition.

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Reedmaking blogs and links

Let’s collect our favorite reedmaking blogs & links here… Here is the first installment.

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Bassoon Supplies links

Check out the BassoonSupplies category for quick links to sources for reeds, cane, tools, music, etc.

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