Bel Canto Reed Review

*UPDATED May 10, 2016: My updates are in BOLD These reeds come from the husband and wife team Frank and Kim Wangler. They are both accomplished bassoonists, and they both test the reeds before they are sent out. They offer two reed styles—the standard and the premium. Their website says the difference is that the Read More …

Andreas Eastman Bassoon Reed Review

Have you ever heard of Andreas Eastman bassoon reeds? I hadn’t until about a year ago when a student of mine showed up with three of them. She told me she had purchased them on Amazon. I did a little research on these Eastman reeds. They are not made by a person named Andreas Eastman. Read More …

RFReeds Bassoon Reed Review

Rae Feldcamp of RFReeds makes beautiful, customizable reeds. My reed came in a small box with batting to keep it safe. The reed itself has a few features that are unique. As you can see in the picture, the third wire is exposed. The portion of the reed that is wrapped is also shorter than Read More …

Tom Hardy Bassoon Reed Review

*UPDATED May 10, 2016: My updates are in BOLD I’m going to let the cat out of the bag right now and say that Tom Hardy’s reeds are my favorite reeds. I could play on them all day. They are everything I want a reed to be. I’ve been given old reeds by a few Read More …

Charles Student Bassoon Reed Review

Charles Double Reeds offers many different bassoon reed options. This is a review of their student reed in medium strength. The reeds came in jewel cases/boxes. On the underside of the case is a label that reads “Soak in warm water not more than two minutes. Adjust opening by squeezing tip when wet.” The intended Read More …

GoBassoon Reed Review

When I received my package from GoBassoon in the mail, I was very impressed by the presentation of my new GoBassoon reeds. The graphic design and branding of these reeds is second to none. They came in this handy tin (that can also double as a terrific reed case once a few holes are drilled Read More …

Plastic Reeds

My first bassoon teacher used plastic reeds. They were thin and produced a weak sound, but I didn’t know any better. They were cheaper and easier to play on than cane reeds, so I played on them for a couple of years. Then I switched teachers. Whoa. I quickly learned that plastic reeds were the worst Read More …