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The reed is an essential part of the amazing sound the bassoon produces! Reeds reflect different preferences, and are made with the assistance of special machines, as well as individually by hand.
HOW ARE REEDS MADE?
Watch the videos below, of Robert Williams (retired Principal Bassoonist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra) and Trent Jacobs (creator of the "Electric Jake" electric bassoon pickup and Professor at the University of Wisconsin) describe their careful processes of crafting a bassoon reed from beginning to end!