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.
All customers should be re-assured that I am making all efforts to ensure that there are no risks associated with my reeds.
It goes without saying that I always wash my hands before dealing with orders; I mean who wouldn’t? But in addition there is plenty of hand-sanitiser being utilised too!
I have reduced the testing of reeds to the minimum but am absolutely confident that my judgement by eye and feel will provide you with the same standard of reeds that you are used to.
Lastly I am working deliberately a week behind, so finished orders are left for 3 days and then have another 72-96 hours after completion before posting.
This way I can guarantee that when I worked on them I was fit and healthy and if I detect any symptoms in the interim period then those orders will not be sent.
I hope this will alleviate any concerns. In the meantime keep playing; as we’ve seen in Italy music really helps us all!
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.