A3 Speaker Key Test

Play A3 with the normal fingering and then add and hold down the speaker (flicking) key. Is the difference in intonation unmanageably severe?

Things to check:

  • The evenness of tapers from critical point to corners of the tip
  • The definition of the thumbnail on these diagonal lines:


Result of These Steps: weaker, flatter, more responsive, more free blowing (the degree of change depends on where the trim is in relation to the spine)

The material in this learning module comes from The Banana of Life: Peeling Away the Mysteries of Reed Making for the Bassoon by Rian Craypo and has been edited for clarity by Jessi Vandagriff. Please do not share or distribute this information to those not using the decision-based learning model. Used with permission.


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