The bassoon reeds that I am now selling are identical to those that I use as Second Bassoon at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London).
After they have been 'blown in', these free-blowing reeds will produce a thick, warm, full, mellow tone free of 'reediness' and with good reliability and stability. They are particularly suitable for playing second bassoon parts.
They are very responsive, especially in the lower register and are particularly stable in pitch with a wide range of dynamics. This is achieved by my reeds being wider, both at the throat and the tip than many other reeds. Although they may not be best suited to playing concertos and extremely high passages, they are for most repertoire, very easy to live with.
All reeds are hand-made by myself, finished off, tested and sterilised before being dispatched. After they have been formed into blanks, all my reeds are left to stabilise for at least 8 weeks before being finished off which can itself take a long time since final adjustments are better if done a little at a time. So, if there are no reeds in the 'pipe-line', there may be a delay in completing orders. At the moment, I expect to get orders sent off within a couple of weeks.
My prices are as follows:
£11 per reed
10 or more reeds: £10 per reed
Postage and packing: £2.00 on all orders within the UK and £2.50 elsewhere.
For orders within the UK, please pay by cheque; printing out and posting this Order Form .
For orders outside the UK, please order online using this secure Paypal on line shop (you do not need to have a Paypal account).
If you have any questions, please e-mail me .