Topic: Unusual Reed Problem
I am currently a senior in high school, and this is my third year playing the bassoon. I have been making reeds for over a year now and have, until recently had very good results with Forrests Rigotti GSP cane. However after the temporary shortage over the summer, I have had a very unusual problem. My middle Bb (one that rests just above the staff in bass clef, for clarification) never wants to come out, its very much flat, and in order for it to play at all without deferring to the lower octave it needs to be half-holed. I know this is NOT the accepted fingering, but I cannot for the life of me find what the problem is. I was forced to use some Albion cane (too thin and rather bright, I personally don't recommend it) over the summer due to the shortage, and although the reeds I made were not of the caliber I am used to, I didn't have this problem. It was only after coming back to the Rigotti cane that I have had it...I have only used one bundle though, as funds are rather short for me (no job...). Can anyone offer me any sort of advice on why this is happening to my reeds? Is it something I'm doing, or does it sound like a congenital problem with the cane?
Thank you in advance for all your advice
Last edited by btzmacin (2008-01-25 21:13:45)
Wayne Hills HS Bands (Seniors '08!)
Double Reeds Section Leader
Wind Ensemble - Principal Bassoonist