Reeds 'n Stuff Bassoon Tip Profiler
The Reeds 'n Stuff Bassoon Tip Profiler is designed to remove cane off the lay of the blades of a clipped reed or a blank. The tip profiler removes wood from 1/2 to 3/4 of the reed blade, leaving the back as thick as the profiler leaves it, essentially doing a great deal of finishing of the reed except for specific choices of the reed maker to fine-tune the reed. The tube end of the reed is held on a mandrel with a black knob that is removable and has a dedicated location when not in use. An adjustment knob on top can help you customize the thickness of your finishing dimensions. A formed latch helps hold the reed in place so that it doesn't move when using the machine. The shape of your finishing profile has a plate that can be moved back a bit, but which can also be replaced with a different template. We have four templates in stock and you should choose one when you order the machine. The four choices are listed below. Also included is a locking screw that holds the mechanism in place and a hole to place the screw when using the machine. The tip profiler comes in a carrying case made of dense foam covered in stylish black nylon.
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. A recent customer also mentioned that the #FG1 provides a darker sound than the #FG2.
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.