Fox Bassoon Shaper
The Fox Bassoon Shapers are a standard option for making bassoon reeds, especially in the American style. These shapers are in the flat or straight style, meaning that the cane is shaped without it being folded. It is intended to be used with cane that has been gouged, but it will accept cane that is profiled as well.
Fox Shapers are made of metal, just more than 6 inches long, in two pieces held together at each end by specially designed screw. Loosen the screws to create enough space for the soaked cane to be inserted, curved (gouged) side up, center the cane, and then lock it down by tightening the screws. With a razor blade or hobby knife with the small triangular blade, remove cane from the widest parts of the shaper toward the narrowest parts. The shaper lies well in the hand for consistent shaping. One distinct advantage to the flat shapers is that one can shape 4-5 pieces at once, if your cutting blade is long enough.
We carry two options: the Fox No. 2 and No. 3 Bassoon Shapers. There are a few subtle differences, and they are referenced in terms of the Knockenauer style of shape. His shape or style is one made entirely of curves of varying degrees: there is no truly straight portion however small. Both styles can be observed by placing a metal ruler against the shapers to see the straight and curved portions.
The No. 2 is listed as an "almost Knochenauer" shape. Fox's almost Knockenauer shapes have a small straight portion usually toward the fold, or what would create the tip of the reed. At its widest, before the small notches at the middle of the shaper, No. 2 measures 15 mm. The narrowest measurement is approximately 8.5 mm. At the cane ends, it measures just greater than 9 mm wide.
The No. 3 is listed as a "modified Knochenauer" shape: mostly a Knockenauer style but with some straight segments. In this case the straight portion is from the throat, or the narrowest spot, toward the end of the cane. It measures 16 mm at the fold, about 9 mm at the throat, and just greater than 9 mm at the ends. All else being equal, the No. 3 should produce a reed that is a bit wider in each dimension, thus playing a bit lower than reeds made from the No. 2.
Please select the an option for which shaper you would like when ordering.