Bassoon reeds are very difficult to make and take many years to perfect. Here you can buy ready-made bassoon reeds so you don’t have the hassle of making them yourself. These bassoon reed makers have been making reeds for many years, so the end result is usually very consistent. We stock Renard and Renard Polymer Bassoon reeds for the beginner bassoonist up to professional quality reeds such as Eichler and Della Corte. We also stock our own reed, Fox UK bassoon reed, which is suitable for all types of bassoonist. If you fancy trying something different then order a selection today. All bassoon reed orders are sent post free!
Bassoon reed cane comes in many different forms, from basic tube cane to fully prepared gouged, shaped and profiled cane. For the beginner bassoon reed maker we recommend buying gouged, shaped and profiled cane. As you progress you can buy more reed-making equipment which will allow you to gouge, shape and profile the bassoon cane yourself. The ultimate goal would, eventually, be buying the bassoon cane in its basic form (tube cane) and splitting it, gouging it, shaping it, and profiling it to your own specifications. In the long term, you can save a great deal of money by learning to make your own bassoon reeds, and you can design a bassoon reed to suit your own style of playing.
We sell all the different types of Fox bassoon case, from the standard case up to the professional model. If you have a Fox or Renard bassoon and you need a new case then you will find them here. We also sell the Protec Bassoon Case, which is a lightweight case that most makes of bassoon will fit into.
We also sell the Fox case covers, which fit the Fox bassoon cases. So if you have a Fox case and you need somewhere to store all the music you carry with you then a case cover will be your solution. All the Fox bassoon case covers come with integral music pockets. **PLEASE NOTE** Fox bassoon case covers ONLY fit Fox bassoon cases
If you need a bassoon case that is easier to carry then why not try a bassoon gigbag. We sell a variety from makers including Tom & Will, Wiseman and Fox. These gigbags are universal so any make of bassoon will fit inside them. They are all manufactured to the highest of standards.
Bassoon Reeds are fragile objects and need to be protected when not being played. Here are sell a wide variety of styles and sizes from 3 reed to 12 reed, wooden, plastic or leather-bound. Take a look to find a bassoon reed case that suits your needs.
The shape of the bassoon reed affects how the reed performs. In this section you will find a selection of special bassoon shapers designed by eminent professional bassoonists from around the world. Each shape is based on the shape that these players use on their own bassoon reeds.
Fox bassoon crooks are amongst the best in the world. A bassoon crook can transform the way any instrument can play, improving both sound and intonation. The Fox double star crooks can make even the most mundane bassoon sound interesting!
Fox C Crooks are excellent for school instruments. CVX and CVC crooks, both standard and double star, are designed for professional use. The CTX and CTC crooks are similar to the CVX and CVC, but feature a thinner wall. This thinner wall results in a crook that is less resistant. The CVC/CTC design generally works best with thick wall bassoons. The CVX/CTX design tends to work best with all other instruments.
C and CV crooks are made of brass. CVX , CTX , CVC , and CTC crooks are made of nickel silver, with brass being an available option. Brass tends to soften the tone and increase flexibility at the expense of projection.
The C bore stresses resonance and clarity of sound. It is extremely smooth and uniform in tone with excellent slightly-flexible intonation. It has an abundance of middle and upper middle partials in the sound and its smoothness contributes nicely to chamber music and to instruments with non-uniform tone and intonation. It is made in brass with nickel plating.
The CV bore is the C bore with a variable wall thickness at some nodal points to reduce resistance. It is generally preferred by players using very soft reeds.
The CVX and CTX bores are similar in proportions to the C and CV bores, but they have more substance in the tone, and provide better control of the upper and middle registers. They have slightly less resistance in the high notes than the CVC and CTC , and are slightly more open in tone quality. They project well, and particularly fit the design of the long and short bore bassoons.
The CVC and CTC bores stress the fundamental tones of the instrument, providing a warmer and heavier tone than the CVX and CTX . They have slightly more resistance in the upper end, requiring more support when playing in the solo registers, but yield more fullness in the middle and lower registers than the CVX. It fits the design of the thick wall models, and is sometimes helpful in stabilizing wild notes in the older designs.
Fox bassoon crooks are available in lengths 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4. 0 is the shortest and therefore the sharpest, and 4 is the longest and therefore the flattest.
The extent to which the plating on a crook affects the feel, projection, and tone quality of an instrument depends on a player's reed style, instrument and playing method. Following is a general description of the effects most players can expect from different types of plating.
Silver Plating on a crook will tend to result in a moderate level of resistance (compared with other finishes) and a soft timbre and dark tone.
Nickel Plating usually results in a feeling of somewhat greater resistance with a stronger, brighter sound.
Gold Plating has a resistance level consistent with silver plating but will have a still softer and darker tone quality.