Two lovely visitors to the Shack today: the superb bassoonist John McDougall and his fantastic 1927 Heckelphone. Both of them played superbly on the Mozart bassoon and cello duo. This instrument, especially as John plays it, deserves to be heard much more widely. I took detailed measurements of John’s HP reeds and will start a first trial batch soon. I’ll be using the old-fashioned “sheet brass template and masking tape” method of hand-shaping, at least until we settle on a shape that works best. What a great adventure!