What is a double reed?
A bassoon uses a double reed which is different from a clarinet or saxophone reed. The bassoon does not have a mouth piece that a single reed can go onto, so a bassoonist uses a double reed. The double reed is two pieces of cane that are strapped together by wires and either shrink wrap or string.
Where can I get reeds?
Many bassoonists make there own reeds from scratch. Personally, I do not make my own reeds yet because I don’t have a lot of time in my schedule. Luckily, there are many bassoonists and companies that make and sell reeds. I would suggest buying reeds from Bel Canto. Double reeds can be a little pricy, but from experience you should usually get the most expensive reed. I know for sure that the premium reed at Bel Canto lasts a minimum of 2 months if you take good care of it.
What tools should I get to adjust my reed?
There are a few basic materials that are needed for basic reed repair. The most important thing that you should have as a bassoonist is a small pair pliers. These can be used to make small adjustments that change the easiness to play the reed and the tone of your sound. To get more information about how to adjust reeds check out Bassoon Reeds Insights page at www.timpricejazz.com.