Tools I Use
- Cane: Rieger, Gouged or Gonzalez Van Hoesen GSP
- Knife: Rigotti Double Hollow Ground Folding Knife
- Sharpening: Lansky Sharpening Sticks
- Files: Diamond Flat, Round and Three Square Files
- Holding Mandrel: Rieger Mandrel
- Plaque: Rieger Red Contra Plaque
- Tip Cutter: Rieger Tip Cutter
- Pliers: Ace Hardware 6" Long Nose
- Shaper: Fox SVH
- Profiler: Hunt/Van-Hoesen Double Profiler
- Tip Profiler: Rieger Tip Profiler
- Forming: Miller Marketing Mandrel Tips
- Reamers: Rieger Spiral with Stop and Rieger Diamond
- Wire: 22 Gauge Brass Wire
- Wrapping: Hot Glue or FF Nylon Reed Thread
- Glue: Duco Cement
Want to get started adjusting or making your own reeds but not sure where to get the supplies? Thankfully a lot of the basic reed tools can be found at the hardware store. Specialty tools are a little harder to find, but I'll provide links to all of my favorite tools.
Basic Tool Kit
These are the things every bassoonist needs in their toolkit. These tools will allow you to make basic adjustments to your reeds. I've listed the best inexpensive options, but you can certainly upgrade if you want!
- Bassoon Holding Mandrel
- 2 Bassoon Arrow Plaques
- 6" Long Nose Pliers
- Diamond Files: Flat, Triangle, Round
- 600 Grit Wet or Dry Sandpaper
With these items you can scrape and adjust your mostly finished reeds to make them even better or bring them back to life.
Forming & Wrapping
If you want to form your own reeds, you'll need to add a few more things to the Basic Tool Kit. Here's what you'll need to form and wrap reeds if you start with GSP cane.
- Gouged, Shaped and Profiled Cane: I highly recommend Barton Cane as it is very high quality
- Forming Pins with a Handle (preferred) or Forming Mandrel
- Reed Drying Rack without pins or with if using a Forming Mandrel
- Cotton Thread for Forming: Any cotton twine will work
- 22 Gauge Brass Wire
- FF Nylon Thread or Hot Glue for Wrapping
- Duco Cement for sealing the thread
- Tip Cutters: get them at the hardware store or buy bassoon specific ones
- Optional: Wire Cutters very helpful for cutting wire, pliers aren't very good for this
Finishing & Adjusting
If you want to take your reeds to the next level, these items are pricey but can make a big difference in the quality and refinement of your reeds.