December bassoon reed special

Through the month of December (we’ll call it a holiday special) I’m offering my reeds at a discounted rate of $20 per reed. Contra reeds still regular price, but if you need one for those nutcrackers or new year’s concerts, now’s the time.

Please allow 2 days for finishing, and USPS Priority Mail shipping time (usually 2 days).

A4-B4 and Unintended Consequences

After my fancy Ab/Bb trill mechanism was completed, a number of interesting options have come up. The most recent, when seeking to remember the¬†famously impossible A4-B4 trill in the last movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, I discovered a new one that anyone with an Ab/Bb trill key can do, and I can do easier since my thumb can just use the Bb key.

A4-B4

B4-A4 downtrill

It’s kind of a down tril. Start on A normal fingering, then go to this full fingering (red trill keys down) for B, and trill open the two tone holes to go down to A. A bit fussy, and the A is sharp, but it works well enough for Berlioz and easier to get to than the other fingering I learned years ago.