Since COVID-19, shipping around the world has slowed and even halted, and accessibility to goods and services locally has become essential.  The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reeds provides professional quality bassoon reeds in New Zealand and Australia to guarantee that bassoonists have domestic access to reliable double reeds that facilitate a beautiful tone and ease in playing throughout the full range of the instrument. 

The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reed

The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reed Case

The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reeds are influenced through various styles of reed making techniques from Ann Bilderback, Wilfred Roberts, Peter Unterstein, Dr. Jeffrey Lyman, Dr. Albie Micklich, Barrick Stees, John Clouser, Matthias Rácz, Hans Agreda, Giorgio Mandolesi, and Artan Hürsever.

The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reed Tools Used

The focus when making these reeds is on smooth tone quality, flexibility in tuning, ease in tapering at the start and end of notes, and proficiency in all ranges of the bassoon.

The type of cane used is Rigotti cane.  This high quality cane is generally a medium hardness and a reliable organic resource.  Reeds made from this particular cane are long lasting, maintain good stability, and sustain strong structure while providing a warm sound and free blowing feeling.

The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reeds - Gouged, Profiled, and Shaped Rigotti Cane

All bassoon reeds are made using the Fox Products – Link Bassoon Shaper.

Link Bassoon Shaper

The flat style Link Bassoon Shaper was made from a copy of a copy of a copy from Wilfred Robert’s vertical style shaper. The Link Bassoon Shaper is a Knochenauer style shape. A true Knochenauer shape is comprised completely of curves making it free of straight lines in the contour, and the blade flares outward with no inward curves.

Finished Reed Dimensions

Finished Reed Dimensions

Blank Dimensions

Blank Dimensions

Here are a handful of recordings with Julie playing on The Musik Link Specialty Bassoon Reeds.

Concerto in C Major, RV 479, No. 26, Movement 1. Allegro

by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Concerto in C Major, RV 479, No. 26, Movement II. Largo

by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Concerto in C Major, RV 479, No. 26, Movement III. Allegro

by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Partita, BWV 1013, Sarabande

by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Messa da Requiem, Dies irae, bassoon solo excerpt

by Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

The Musik Link double reeds are made over several months.  From receiving cane shipments from abroad, to hardness testing and sorting the cane, to soaking and shaping the cane, to making blanks and wrapping the reeds, to clipping the tips and filing away, to crow testing, to trying out the double reeds on the instrument, continuing to refine the reed with final scrapings, and packaging the reeds for mailing, an assembly line of procedures are in place to make sure that the bassoon reeds will last for a long time when properly cleaned and stored.  

Further Sanitizing Procedure Information COMING SOON!

At the moment, the numbers visible on finished reeds are the date that the tip of the reed is clipped.  Before the tip is clipped, the cane is soaked, shaped, formed, wrapped, and dried over a few weeks.  Due to COVID-19, reeds purchased through The Musik Link will provide a sanitized date on the finished reed for health purposes.

The Musik Link is based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Specialty Bassoon Reeds are made by Julie from her home in Canterbury.

Bassoon reed shipments are currently focused in New Zealand and Australia. 

*Orders outside of Australasia are possible, but please contact The Musik Link for any inquiries and further information at themusiklink@gmail.com.