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Do you have reed problems? Click on your instrument's book.

Clarinet Reed DoctorSaxophone Reed DoctorOboe Reed DoctorBassoon Reed Doctor

by Sandra Downing & Peter Moore

The Reed Doctors are troubleshooters.  When a reed plays up in rehearsal or concert, your Reed Doctor could get you out of trouble.

Also, with a little judicious "carpentry", you can revive your favourite reed - giving it a new lease of life.

All commercial reeds are made from blanks machined to a set pattern.  In any box of ten clarinet or sax reeds, however, only one or two will play perfectly.  Cane, being a natural substance, will vary whilst the machine's cut will not but with your Reed Doctor you can make the rest of your reeds work just as well.

British Double Reed Society reviewer Graham Salter says of the Oboist's Reed Doctor: ".....Any pamphlet which encourages young players to think about the quality of their reeds is doing a good job.  Clear line drawings present one simple thought per page."

These books DO show you how to make reeds - with over 80 full colour pictures

Making Oboe reeds is Easy!Making Bassoon Reeds is Easy!

or you can buy:

Bassoon Reeds Sax Reeds Clarinet reeds

Dr Downing Bassoon Reed

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