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As if oboe reeds weren't enough work...

Discussion in 'Reeds' started by Merlin, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    ...now I'm making bassoon reeds too.

    All in all, bassoon reeds are definitely easier. The cane is gouged, shaped and profiled to start with, so the main task is forming the tube, wiring it, wrapping it and finishing the tip.

    First reed I made went into my gigging reed case!
     
  2. What Concert winds don't you play Merlin?
     
  3. You want to make it as a woodwind musician, you've gotta play em all. You get a LOT more gigs if you do double reeds. Only one you can get away without playing is bagpipes
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    I've never played a Heckelophone, bass oboe, musette, contrabass flute, contrabass saxophone or Ab clarinet. I don't think I'd hesitate to try though.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    He said CONCERT winds....
     
  6. Well the ones you listed aren't exactly "concert" winds either...:emoji_rage:
    Although I do see bagpipes quite often in concerts, and can't think of anything other than obscure classical music and concertos when I've seen
    "a Heckelophone, bass oboe, musette, contrabass flute, contrabass saxophone or Ab clarinet"
     
  7. I got my answer though, Merlin doubles on all the woodwinds... wich also indicated that perhaps you get called on to play Bassoon and Obeo more often than not. I can't imagine what your gig reed case must look like.
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Bassoon more than oboe. I have three reed cases in my bassoon case, with a total of about 14 reeds ready to play.
     
  9. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    Aaron I have a bunch of Merlin's recordings with many of his solos that I can put up on the family share if you wanna hear them. They are excellent. Merlin has pointed us to CDs that he's on, but they don't feature him enough for me to buy them.
     
  10. Hey, my name is Acglass. What's the point of using a cool handles if no one uses it Gandalfe.

    jk, ;)

    But with you and Merlin on the forum I once strongly considered the user name "Dumbledore".
     
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Yeah, that's my real name. I was considering changing to a really boring fake name in real life.
     
  12. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    Who sez no one uses it? ;-)
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    So far I've gotten orders from retailers for 4 dozen of my bassoon reeds. I'm going through bassoon cane like kleenex.
     
  14. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    Any money in that Merlin? Making double reeds is really an art more than a science, right?
     
  15. SOTSDO

    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

    It keeps him off the streets...
     
  16. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Not really. With the right gear, and a methodical approach, it's possible to make good reeds.

    Oboe reeds are fussier than bassoon reeds though.
     
  17. *true* reedmaking frustration occurs only at the final levels of uilleann pipe chanter reed production. believe me.
    Regarding above posts about pipes,
    As you know, the modern oboe owes its bore design to the Musette de couer, (a regular member of the formative 'orchestra') , which was perfected prior to the era of the Hotteterre bros dabbling in the hautbois. Musette's a reedmaking nightmare---there is good reason why two of the four contemporary makers of baroque musettes have closed their books for new orders. & if you yet long for a musette-like experience, Merlin, your best bet may be the Northumbrian smallpipe. A close second, but not the real deal...
    . drone_2sides.jpg here are some lovely photos from a now defunct musette site featuring the elusive counterbored (a la rackett) double bladed shuttle drone reeds of the small bellows pipe beloved by Rameau, Lully, and the rest of the French baroque "creatifs"...
     
  18. SOTSDO

    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Ah, the rackett - a pocket sized bassoon that had a name descriptive of the sound that it allegedly made.
     
  19. The name's not really descriptive of the sound it makes. I have a friend who plays one. It has a rather quiet soft 'buzzy' sound.
     
  20. yes, and exhibiting considerable taste, wisdom & foresight; the French turned it into a set of bagpipe drones :rolleyes:
     
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