Bassoon Reed Styles

While my reeds have been very well received, I know that no single reed style is appropriate for everyone.

The standard Weasel reed is made on my shape design, profiled with no spine. The shape is fairly wide, especially in the throat, and offers excellent response everywhere including extreme registers, with a vibrant and solid “core” to the sound. This is the style of reed I personally play on, and it is what I would suggest you try first from me. This is the reed made using the method in the video linked to on my reeds page.

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My new style is a Popkin style reed. These are made with a Popkin shaper and profiler and made using a different construction method than my standard reed. The Popkin shape is more narrow over all, with straight sides to the blade, and the profile has a spine. The length and wire measurements are made to Mark Popkin’s specs, which are pretty close to my standard reed, except the scrape pattern is totally different. For me these reeds respond better in the lower register than the extreme high register, but they react very well on more resistant bassoons or bocals (so Fox bassoons and Heckels between 11,000 and 13,000 for example). The tonal character is complex and flexible, but just a bit different than my standard reed.

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If this is your first time buying a reed from me, stick with the standard reed first, and if you like the quality but maybe want something different, try the Popkin style reeds.

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  1. Matthew

     /  November 11, 2015

    Hi Trent. Love the weasel reeds and ordered pop goes the weasel reeds. I play a Moosmann 222AP. I was wondering if you think the pop goes the weasel reed is well received by moosmann bassoon types?

    Thank you for your time!

    • Matt, I should say that I hope they work with your Moosmann, as my own bassoon is also a Moosmann 222 (#4300). I do find that I don’t prefer the Popkin style personally as much as my normal reeds, I mainly make them for other people. They’re better on one of my bocals than my primary bocal though, which is interesting. They’re more narrow and probably more stable on the notes that tend to be fussy on our Moosmann instruments.


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