Reeds 'n Stuff Bassoon Tip Profiler Templates
Reeds 'n Stuff Tip Profiler Templates
These Reeds 'n Stuff Tip Profiler Templates are replacements for your tip profiling machines that give you different finishes of your reeds. There are three different templates available, though the standard can also be ordered as a replacement. GR is the standard template included on a new tip profiling machine. Here's what their website says about each template:
DJ - The characteristics of the DJ templates relate to the predecessor template GR5. The sides are slightly thinner and you will promptly achieve playable results.
FG1 and FG2 - Reeds 'n Stuff's new templates for bassoon, #FG1 and #FG2, both feature a parabolic tip shape with light corners. #FG1 is characterized by a wide, full heart. #FG2 is distinguished by a narrower heart area and quite pronounced channels on the sides. Both templates are appropriate for use with popular shapes (R2, R1A, etc.) and deliver a round, warm sound. #FG1, with its sturdy design, is also suited for use with softer cane; #FG2 offers somewhat more flexibility.
GR - For players who prefer a flexible sound and airflow. Perfect with more soft cane and thinner profile. (Here for comparison with the other models. Not pictured.)
GR5 - For players who prefer a more soloistic sound and a continuous airflow. Perfect with harder cane and thinner profile.
LM3 - This template has similar characteristics to the GR. The sides are slightly thinner.
PM - The #PM template was developed with Prof. Pierre Martens of the Lübeck Conservatory. It is characterized by a parabolic tip shape with light corners and a moderately broad heart. While conceived for wider shapes (R2 or similar), it is also well suited to narrower ones. The finished bassoon reed features a round, supple sound and a great deal of flexibility. It requires a well-supported, direct air flow and is therefore especially appropriate for solo and orchestral playing as well as chamber music. It enables a large dynamic range.
Background Information: Prof. Martens uses an R2 shape and primarily Güner, Lavoro, and Danzi cane with hardness 15-16, gouged to approx. 1.25 mm and profiled to 0.95 – 0.60/0.55 mm. The length of his finished reeds is 56 mm, with a shaft length of 28 mm and a scrape length of 28 mm.
THOM - The #THOM template was developed with Prof. Jörg Michael Thome of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy School of Music and Theater in Leipzig. This template is characterized by its very distinct side channels, which yield reeds with excellent flexibility. The tip is parabolic with light corners; the contour of the heart is narrow. This template is particularly well suited to hard, dense cane and relatively narrow shapes (R1a, Fox 1, FB 1, etc.). The sound of the finished reed is both agreeably dark and vivid. It is balanced throughout all registers and speaks easily, offering a precise attack with little resistance in addition to flexibility. These qualities render #THOM valuable not only for soloistic and orchestral work, but also for use with students.
Background Information: Prof. Thome prefers the R1A shape and generally uses hard Marca and Vic cane, gouged to 1.25 – 1.30 mm and profiled to 0.90 – 0.60 mm. The length of his finished reeds is 55.5 mm, with a shaft length of 27.5 mm and a scrape length of 28 mm.