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Bassoon Reeds

As a bassoonist reeds dominate your life; determining your sound, ease of response & tuning. This is why we handpick the best reeds for bassoon in the UK and even from around the globe for you to play. If you need any help just drop one of our bassoon experts a line or glance at our Q&A's at the bottom of this page!

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    Student Bassoon Reed by Crook & Staple (Medium Soft)

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    Crook and Staple's student bassoon reed is a good value bassoon reed and ideal for beginners. You will find it easy to play due to its medium-soft ...

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    KGE Student Bassoon Reed

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    This KGE Student bassoon reed is a great all rounder which has a great depth of sound to it. They are made in the China. The reeds are held togethe...

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    Reed Water Pot & Holder (Magnetic!) - Water Pot

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    Never worry about being unprepared for rehearsal or performance again! The immensely popular & now improved Magnetic Reed Water Cup & Holde...

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    KGE Bassoon Reed

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    This KGE bassoon reed is a great all rounder which has a great depth of sound to it. They are made in the China. The reeds are held together with b...

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    Water Bottle (with cup to soak reeds!) - Dishwasher safe

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    BPA Free  ~  Dishwasher & Freezer Safe  ~  Lid Doubles as Reed Water Cup This 400ml bottle is a great size for carrying to rehearsals - not so ...

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    Academy Bassoon Reed by Crook & Staple

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    Please note that these reeds sometimes come with a glue binding rather than thread wrap - otherwise they are exactly the same reeds! Crook and Stap...

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    Marsden Bassoon Reeds (Cardiff)

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    These professional Marsden bassoon reeds, that are hand made in Cardiff, will enable you to play freely across the whole bassoon. They are made, wi...

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    Urbach Bassoon Reed

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    They are made in Germany by a very established reed maker. The reeds are held together with brass wire and use a red thread knot as binding. Medium...

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    Windeler Bassoon Reed (BD2)

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    The BD2 Windeler bassoon has a very warm and round sound whilst still being very responsive. They are made in Germany and suit good amateur to adv...

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    Windeler Medium Bassoon Reed (BD3)

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    The BD3 Windeler bassoon has a very warm and round sound and is more suited to the low and mid range of the bassoon, making it ideal for playing 2n...

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    Alaw Bassoon Reed

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    Professional level Bassoon reed, hand made in the UK   *Price is for 1 reed.

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    Argento Bassoon Reed

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    Professional Level Bassoon Reed. Slightly shorter making it ideal for low or 2nd Bassoon parts. Wrapped with a dark blue binding. Hand made in the ...

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    Crook & Staple Professional Bassoon Reed

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    Handmade in the UK, the Professional Bassoon Reed by Crook and Staple is responsive and flexible with a warm singing tone. It is favoured among sol...

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    Legere Synthetic Bassoon Reed (Plastic, Medium)

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    Due to generally bad feedback from our customers regarding these synthetic reeds, we have decided to discontinue selling them. They do not to perfo...

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    Britannia Bassoon Reed (Britannia Reeds)

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    No longer available The Britannia bassoon reed made by Britannia Reeds is suited to playing all positions. This reed is of a medium strength and so...

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FAQs

We offer an extensive range of bassoon reeds catering to different skill levels - beginner, intermediate, and professional. Our reeds are crafted to cater to a variety of playing styles and musical genres ensuring a versatile selection for all bassoonists. Generally as the reeds become more expensive they are aimed at a higher level of oboist.

The lifespan of an bassoon reed largely depends on how often it's played and looked after, but on average, a reed should be replaced every 3-6 weeks with regular playing. However, if you notice a decline in sound quality, responsiveness or the reed has chunks missing / is damaged, it might be time for a replacement regardless of the time frame. If an bassoon reed has visible mould on it (black or darkened areas) you should immediately stop using it as ingesting this can cause illness.

It's best to store bassoon reeds in a dedicated reed case that holds them securely to prevent damage, and allows for air circulation to keep them dry. Storing them in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight will also prolong their longevity.

Yes, bassoon reeds can be adjusted to better suit your playing preferences. With the appropriate reed making tools, adjustments can be made to the tip opening, spine, or heart of the reed to alter the resistance and tone. Have a look at our free bassoon reed adjusting guide.

Our bassoon reeds are meticulously crafted by highly experienced reed makers. Each reed goes through a thorough quality control process to ensure consistent playability, response, and tone quality. They are used by bassoonists of all standards, including in professional orchestras, across the world.

Our bassoon reeds are crafted from high-quality Arundo Donax cane, known for its excellent vibrational qualities and longevity, ensuring a reliable performance through the life of the reed.

Choosing the right strength reed is a nuanced decision that depends on your skill level, embouchure strength, and personal playing style. Beginners may find softer reeds easier to play, while advanced players might opt for medium reeds for more control and a fuller sound. We sell some reeds in multiple strengths, take a look at the product page. If you are a student we would suggest one of our student bassoon reeds.

We have tried many plastic reeds, from the cheapest to the most expensive. Unfortunately, we have found the cheaper reeds to be terrible and the most expensive, whilst they sometimes can sound a play faily well, to be lacking in tone and very inconsistent (which can mean a lot of money wasted!). At one time we did offer some of the expensive options however the resounding customer response was overall negative and for this reason we do not recommend them at this time.