Weasel Reeds now available

My reeds are made from Argentinian cane, processed on the “Ultimate Reed Finishing Machine” for extremely consistent results.  I leave them a bit resistant so that players can take out just what they need.  They have great intonation in all registers of the bassoon and respond very well as “high note” reeds “out of the box”.  Remove a little bit out of the heart (yes, you read that right!) until the reeds free up to your liking.

$19 per reed ($21 for contra).  $5 shipping for orders under 4 reeds, free shipping for 5 reeds or more.  I can accept paypal, but I prefer personal checks.  Send me a message to check availability and make an order.

I also make contrabassoon reeds on special order.

You can also order them from Midwest Musical Imports.

Update: If you are finding this page, please note the date of this post is from 2010, and as such my prices and payment methods have changed slightly. Please go to tjbassoon.com/reeds to order.

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  1. Robert Carter

     /  February 2, 2010

    I have been wondering about the results one can get making reeds on the machine you are using. Where did you get yours?

    I play a Fox 660 with a Heckel CD2 bocal. I really like my set up. How do you think your reeds would work on my instrument?

    • trentjacobs

       /  February 2, 2010

      I just played two 660s today (although with the stock bocals on each of them). I think with the CD Heckel bocal my reeds will work really nice. The thinner wall bocal compared to the *CVX* will vibrate more freely, which is the kind of thing that I use on my own setup. My favorite Fox setup is a Red Maple 660 with a matched VCC bocal (really big sound). I prefer the Fox 660 over the 601, and think that my setup is closer to the 660 that way.

      The default template on the machine is too heavy in the heart for me. I need to scrape from the heart until it “opens up” like I said above. Once you’ve done that I think you’re well on your way. The reeds will of course break in, so it might take a week of break-in + scrape a bit until they’re stable where you want them. The wires are also pretty significant fulcrum action on my reeds, so adjusting the wires makes a big difference.

      I think Justin Miller is the only one that sells “The Ultimate” reed machine in the US.


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