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Notes from the London Fields Reed Shack.

16 March 2020:  Setting up your profiler and tip-profiler to work together. I often use a tip profiler to establish the initial trim on the front portion of reeds.  The machine I use is made by Rieger.  In order for … Continue reading

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Huffing and puffing through Mozart!

The Gran Partita for 13 winds (or 12 winds plus double-bass substituting for contrabassoon) is one of Mozart’s masterpieces-among-masterpieces.  There are some wonderful recent recordings of the work; my two personal favorites are a recording by Octophoros (top Belgian and … Continue reading

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Molecular Bassoon

Today’s bassoon news comes from the field of molecular biology, where Bassoon is a “scaffolding protein” that’s a key player is facilitating release of neurotransmitters.  Bassoon is aided in this by the other scaffolding protein, called Piccolo.  Interestingly, “Piccolo and … Continue reading

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Bassoon Bar!

Here’s a must visit for all bassoonists — the Bassoon Bar at the Corinthian Hotel in London.  You enter through double glass doors with long carved wood handles based on bassoon joints.  Then pull up a stool at the bar … Continue reading

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Today

On this day in 1956, the United States government exploded the world’s first three-stage thermonuclear bomb, code-named “Bassoon.”  The Bassoon weighed 5526 kilograms, and measured 1 meter in diameter and 3.5 meters in length.  The Bassoon left a crater on Bikini … Continue reading

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Bassoon reed thief tried at the Old Bailey, with appropriate sentence!

From Old Bailey Proceedings, 21st April 1819. Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant. Case Number 653. JAMES FRAZIER was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of March, one waistcoat, value 3 s., and one pair of breeches, value 10 s., … Continue reading

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New DC reed model from The Shack

  Don Christlieb with Karlheinz Stockhausen The Shack is very excited to announce a new reed model added to current production. The DC model is based on the pioneering work of the American bassoonist Don Christlieb (1912-2001), whose career as principal … Continue reading

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Heckelphone in The Shack Today!

 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 … Continue reading

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Straw Insky

The bassoons fill Variation 2 of the Pulcinella Suite with a wonderful extended running sixteenth-note accompaniment.  On the Heckel system bassoon, the passage is an interesting study on the use of carefully selected fingerings to ensure that the notes speak … Continue reading

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Tweet

Seen on Twitter today:  “if you’re children aren’t learning the bassoon yet, they are already behind.”  Hmmm, but they may be real experts at punctuation.

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