Topic: Beginning Reed Maker

I have been playing bassoon for 2 years, and I want to start making my own reeds. Can anyone give me a list of the items I will need to get started, and the type of cane I should try? Thanks so much!

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Re: Beginning Reed Maker

Here is a list from Barry Stees to get you started.

http://www.steesbassoon.com/reedmaking/reedmaking_equipment.htm

Dr. Kent Moore
Principal Lecturer In Bassoon and Theory
Northern Arizona University

Re: Beginning Reed Maker

My best advice would be to find a private teacher that can help you learn proper reed making techniques. A teacher will show you which tools to get first and how to use them. If you really have nothing, then some fine sand paper (at least 600, maybe up to 1500) and a plaque would be a good start.

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Re: Beginning Reed Maker

Kent's link is excellent for equipment and cane.

As for reed making process I would recommend Trent's blog:

http://trentjacobs.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/reed-making-how-i-do-it-part-1/

http://trentjacobs.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/reed-making-how-i-do-it-part-2/

http://trentjacobs.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/reed-making-how-i-do-it-part-3/

Good luck!

Re: Beginning Reed Maker

As for cane, the cheapest gouged, shaped and profiled cane that I think you can get is Golden Bamboo, sold by Midwest Musical Imports. I only suggest it because of the cost. It's quite soft cane generally, but it's perfect for starting to learn how to make reeds. You can make a good reed from it, but if you don't (because you're learning) you're not out to much money per piece of cane.

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds