07/09/2014

Chasing the Perfect Reed – Nordic Woodwind Encounter

Our friends at Puchner produced a wonderful and hilarious silent film as a birthday present for bassoonist Magnus Nilsson. We think you’ll enjoy it. Please be aware there is some course language (as there often is when trying to make a reed). And we wanted to let you know more details about the masterclass festival […]

06/11/2014

Extending the Life of Your Bassoon Reed

Bassoon reeds are expensive, either in terms of cost of buying a hand-made reed or in your own time for making your own. If you buy hand made reeds you are paying for not just the raw materials, but the years of experience of learning to make a good reed, and the time if takes […]

05/22/2014

Heckel Bocals – New Selection and Specials

Select NEW Heckel bocals are now on special for only $900! These are 100% new A-stock bocals, but in order to encourage you to try something a little different, we’re putting some individual bocals on special. Here’s a full list: C1Rn (H60) C1s (H56) C2Rs (H59) CC1n (H70) CC1Rs (H71) CC2Rs (H79) CD1n (H65) CD1s […]

05/12/2014

Orchestral Duets for Play Testing and Fun

Whenever I have clients trying new instruments or related equipment, I’m often asked what musical material is good to use as testing passages. For bassoonists I often suggest playing duets from within the orchestral repertoire with the clarinet. Because the instruments have such different tonal characters and tendencies, it can be very revealing if your […]

05/07/2014

Identifying Your Plastic Model Fox Bassoon

Fox bassoons can sometimes be difficult to identify by sight. With so many models, and with historically sparse labeling, it can be tricky to know exactly what you have in front of you. Some keywork options can make different models initially appear the same, so you can’t go with some of the more obvious features […]

04/24/2014

Standing While Playing the Bassoon

If you’re an American trained bassoonist, chances are your first bassoon came with a seat strap, and you were taught to play sitting down with a seat strap. As far as I have observed, this is a purely American way of holding the bassoon while playing. It’s also clearly only something that bassoonists can do […]

04/22/2014

New Fox Bassoon Models in 2014

We’re very excited to carry the latest bassoon offerings from Fox Products. With a new semi-professional Renard model and a new professional design, we’re sure that we can find just the right new Fox bassoon for you.

04/18/2014

Spring Savings!

Just in time for the arrival of Spring in Minnesota, we’re offering up savings on Instruments, Bocals, and Accessories!  Check out our sale sections for oboe, bassoon, and single reeds for all of sale items! And don’t forget about our spring shipping rebate!  Now through May 31st, if you purchase an instrument from a trial […]

04/05/2014

New Bassoon Reed Making Products from Solution

We’ve long been a big fan of the bassoon reed making tools by Italian manufacturer Solution. We just added a few new products from this manufacturer. Drying racks in two sizes (6 and 12 reed), both with a very attractive dark brown wood base, with pins positioned with an efficient use of space in mind […]

03/05/2014

Instrument Trial Shipping Rebate

Now through May 31st, 2014 we’re pleased to offer an instrument trial shipping rebate! We have a large selection of new and used oboes, bassoons, and clarinets in stock and if you purchase an instrument now through the end of May we’re please to refund your trial shipping costs on all standard ground shipping! Right […]

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