As principal bassoonist with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, a busy freelance player (orchestral and soloist) and also Professor of Bassoon at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, I am keenly aware of just how important it is, for both the professional and the student, to have the perfect bassoon reed.
I have always made my own bassoon reeds and realised some years ago that they could benefit players of all standards and so I have been selling them since 1995 to players all over the world.
From May 2016 I have been producing an improved bassoon reed - a perfect balance between cane, gouge, profile and tip thickness to give a reed with a beautifully balanced, warm, round sound and easy reliable response over the entire register.
Check out offers for new and existing customers on the Order page.
Also, I invented and patented the counter balance seat strap which affords absolute stability of the bassoon when playing and helps to maintain correct posture. It is particularly effective for young players. The seat strap has recently been updated and improved providing even better balance of the instrument's weight.
Find out more about these products and how to order here on this website, or for more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07980 001157.
I feature in this YouTube video of Marcello Alvarez singing "Una furtiva lagrima" at the Faenol Festival, North Wales.
This is the sound I am always aiming for with my reeds.
All four reeds were very consistent and free blowing but with security across the range....I've tried a few different makers recently and found yours by far the best...
Chris Cooper, former principal bassoon with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Steve...your reeds in use for both 1st and 2nd for The Dream of Gerontius in Winchester.. Excellent
Miles Nipper, Advertising Manager, BDRS.