For over 40 years Arundo Research Company (ARC) has been dedicated to helping bassoonists find the joy of playing the magnificent and versatile instrument sometimes referred to as the belching bedpost. We have years of experience with major U.S. symphony orchestra playing and professional reed making that has helped develop our knowledge of what it takes to succeed.
Our mission has always been to define and find solutions to the problems that hinder our success as musicians and to get the responses from our reeds and instrument that will make the bassoon sing. Check our FAQs for instant advice or contact us with your questions as we continue to expand our listings. Bassoon reeds can be tuned with predicable outcomes as we have shown in our publications.
ARC began as a reed making company* and branched out over the years to include publications for reed tuning, reed making, specialty reed tools with advice and consultation on all matters that affect bassoonists. As far back as 1982 Arundo sold cane in 9 reed shapes, in two gouge types from multiple sources of cane and was the first to sell cane measured for hardness. We also have unique expertise in professional resonance tuning and voicing of bassoons to remove the quirks and roadblocks associated with the instrument’s acoustics.
*Arundo Reeds and Cane is a separate company that continues to sell the original reeds of our design. We have no affiliation with them or their current practices. However, we do sell contrabassoon reeds to the public and bassoon reeds to select private clients who desired specialty reed shapes that we produce.