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 Making your own reeds
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2021-10-09 18:21

I have a probably naïve question about double reed players and their reeds. I had for most of my life assumed that most serious double reed players made their own. But I've always wondered at what point in their training they learn how, since all of the oboists and bassoonists I've ever taught in student bands or orchestras bought their reeds from commercial sources or from pro oboists or bassoonists who made a side-line of making reeds for sale.

Recently, I've run across a couple of adult pro players who also buy their reeds. What I thought was a given, that pros make their own reeds and that serious students at some point learn to make their own as well, turns out maybe not to be so universal. It makes me wonder what the incidence in the world of professional oboists and bassoonists is of players who do and don't make their own reeds.

I ask this as a clarinetist who has never made a reed from scratch. Commercial clarinet reeds just don't cost that much. But double reeds, even lousy ones, are much more expensive and, I assume, subject to the same changes in the cane as clarinet reeds once they're in use.

Karl

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 Re: Making your own reeds
Author: Arnoldstang 
Date:   2022-01-12 13:06

It seems the bassoon reed profiler is more common with the influx of well engineered machines on the market.

Freelance woodwind performer

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 Re: Making your own reeds
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2022-01-13 07:56

There seem to be a lot of American oboists (possibly bassoonists) that are moving towards the European model; At some point in their careers, many European double reed players choose a path where they focus on reed making or playing. The players can make reeds, and will adjust, but don't spend all of the time making reeds, and the reed makers are likely good players, but make amazing reeds. I'm seeing a bigger influx of pro oboists do this.

But also, there are a lot of amateur oboists and bassoonists doing this model too, buying from pro reed makers. I believe the internet is opening that network of people so that amateur performers don't have to settle for mediocre reeds.

I, on the other hand, make my oboe family reeds and my bassoon reeds. My oboe reeds are a very unique style, and I don't know how I'd function on the standard American style reed anymore.

Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist
Performer/Teacher/Arranger
http://www.RonFordMusic.com

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