Topic: Reeds and Germs!!
I had a new student show up today. After spending 45 minutes repairing her bassoon and getting it to play I put a new reed on the horn and gave it back to the student. Her mother, a pediatrician, was aghast. She asked me if I had put the reed in my mouth, when I answered "of course" she would not let her daughter use the reed. I tried a search on this list and could not come up with any discussions on this subject. I told the doctor mother that any reed her daughter would play had been in someone's mouth at some time.
Any comments on the safety of "sharing" reeds from anyone in the know!!