Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning
Thanks to a strong worldwide response, our "Quick Guide" is on its second printing. Mark Eubanks has created a recipe for tuning and adjusting bassoon reeds based on decades of research expanding upon his previous publications. The Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning is packed with information to help the bassoonist go to a problem, test it and fix it. This publication presents a new, proven step-by-step method to check the tuning of every note on the bassoon. It also includes a synopsis of bassoon reed design elements that affect tuning, and additional tuning factors, including bocal and instrument adjustments and tone production issues. This printing contains a few minor tweaks from the first printing thanks to your questions and comments to us. These changes are all covered in our supplemental material and Q & A found on this website for those who have purchased the first printing. The second printing (2017) will be available on Amazon.
Here are five tests that you can do in five seconds or less (for each test) that tell you a lot about your reed:
- The flip test
- The ear test
- The wire test
- The tap test
- The crow test
Click here for the Quick Tests and Answers
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
New research is being done on "fixed chamber" reeds and other ongoing experiments with cane evaluation, etc.. Learn more...