Malin Bassoon Wire, 23 gauge
For comparison, here is a chart showing the diameters of the bassoon wires.
|Malin 23 gauge||.57|
|Zebra 22 gauge||.64|
The Rieger .6mm and the 22 gauge wires are the standard for bassoon reeds. The Rieger wire feels a little more malleable than the Zebra 22 gauge. 23-gauge wire is a slight bit thinner than the Rieger and can be a good fit for reed styles where less cane is removed.
There has been confusion over what gauge the Rieger wire is because their packaging says that it is approximately the same as 24 gauge when, in reality, it is between the American 22 and 23 gauges. That is because Rieger is comparing their wire to the British wire gauges which are a little different than American wire gauges.
For a discussion about wire gauges and how they affect bassoon reeds, check out our Bassoon Wire Blog.