What's New!

A New Reed Tuning Publication

Mark Eubanks has created a recipe for tuning bassoon reeds. Built on his earlier publications, the Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning presents a new step-by-step method for complete reed tuning. This booklet also includes a synopsis of bassoon reed design elements that affect tuning, and additional tuning factors related to the bassoon, bocal and tone production issues. The publication is packed with information to help the bassoonist go to a problem, test it and fix it.

Here are five tests that you can do in five seconds or less (for each test) that tell you a lot about your reed:

  1. The flip test
  2. The ear test
  3. The wire test
  4. The tap test
  5. The crow test

Click here for the Quick Tests and Answers

Our Goal

Our goal is to demystify the reed, the bassoon, and the player's problems. This valuable reed tuning method and reference material is the result of nearly 50 years of research, innovation, professional reed making, major symphony orchestra performance, recording and teaching. Every bassoonist from the novice to the professional will benefit from new insights to help tame “the unruly beast.” From those who have previewed and helped in making this publication possible, it has been described as an “Incredible work. The more I look, the more I learn.” The universal comment has been “WOW!”

The Quick Guide is available for purchase from double reed specialty shops. Click for more information!

Teacher's Supplement to Quick Guide

Even a beginning student would benefit from learning reed adjustment techniques right from the start. Click for more information

Ongoing Research

New research is being done on "fixed chamber" reeds and other ongoing experiments with cane evaluation, etc.. Learn more...