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Get your best possible sound with Sandra Downing's Bassoon reeds.

Every reed is individually handmade and tested with loving care.

Bassoon reed by Sandra Downing

Beginners' bassoon reeds? Professional bassoon reeds?

Sandra says: "Tosh!"

There is no such thing as a "professional" bassoon reed -

or a "beginner's" bassoon reed - just different makes and strengths.

Whether you are a beginner or an "old hand", you should be striving to make a sound like a top professional bassoonist.

Sandra's truly handmade bassoon reeds help you to get that sound.

Mass produced, "cheap" bassoon reeds will never give you the best quality of sound.

Because the reed cane used by such reed makers is harvested from the wild, not from dedicated commercial plantations. As the quality of cane is so highly variable, you will be dissatisfied with cheap reeds and quickly dump them.

That makes "cut price bassoon reeds" more expensive than Sandra's top quality, handmade bassoon reeds - made exclusively from cane from tried and trusted growers.

You'll get many more hours of enjoyable playing from Dr Downing's bassoon reeds because we ONLY use cane from Gonzalez. They have developed plantations at the foot of the Andes in Argentina, in ideal conditions to grow Arundo Donax cane, under strictly controlled organic farming methods. We believe their cane to be absolutely the best available.

Our only grumble with their cane is that it lasts so much longer than the cheap rubbish that you will not come back to us as often as we would like! Ah well, it is better to have really satisfied customers who DO come back eventually.

To sound like a professional, play on exactly the same quality of bassoon reed as a professional performer.

Note the word "quality" - not hardness. Softness or hardness is a matter of individual choice and individual final adjustment.

We offer two different types of bassoon reed.

Finished Bassoon Reeds - ready to play:

Finished bassoon reed - rainbowFinished bassoon reed - salmon pink

These reeds are medium in strength and are suitable for all performers, from beginner to professional. Final adjustments to your taste can be made by following the instructions in the Bassoonists' Reed Doctor.

Every finished reed is individually handmade and tested by Sandra.

Unfinished Bassoon Reeds - uncut blanks:

Uncut bassoon reedSandra Downing's Variegated turquoise bassoon reed

These bassoon reeds are complete in every respect except that the tips have not been cut and the final scrape made.

You can decide on your favourite blade length and then finish the reed to your taste. If you like a hard reed, then very little final scraping will be needed.

Beautiful looking bassoon reeds that give you a beautiful sound.

Every reed has a different, individual, colourful binding.

Sandra's hand-made finished reeds give you fine control of tone, from soft to loud, without overblowing or taxing your embouchure.

Remember, if you would prefer a harder reed, ready for you to make the final adjustments, then the blank bassoon reed is for you.

See what our customers say. All testimonials are unsolicited.

Sandra Downing is an expert reed maker with more than 30 years experience of making bassoon reeds for herself and her students.

Her world renowned book the Bassoon Reed Doctor has helped thousands of bassoonists to make commercial bassoon reeds work properly.

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Bassoon reed by Sandra Downing

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