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.
This valuable 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.
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"Students are singing your praises of the Reed Book: one called it "deep" which is quite a high complement! Something for all of us." -- A.K.B.
"What a wonderful addition to the literature on bassoons and reed making!" -- J.K.
"The results I'm getting are amazing...Your step-by-step process gets me there much quicker! The more I use your test procedures the more
nuances I can tease out of my reeds." -- A.P.
"Hope people will start using your manual; it really, really works!" -- R.N.
IDRS Conference Follow-Up
Mark's presentation at the 2016 IDRS Conference in Columbus, GA was scheduled to run 2 hours, but he continued on for 3 1/2 hours! After an hour break, he then gave an hour+ demonstration on reed tuning to a group of high school students. Coming soon: short video demonstrations of various techniques. Click here for more highlights.
The Fixed Chamber Reed
All single reed instruments and the oboe have a fixed "chamber" in the bore in the mouthpiece/reed while the bassoon does not. The area of the reed between the tip of the bocal and the second wire can vary in diameter from reed to reed, or shrink. Inserting a section of brass tube when forming a bassoon reed eliminates this problem. A bass oboe staple experiment was unsuccessful, but the tubing insert has given reeds consistent playing as they age. Click here for more information.