The Reed Makers
David Brundage, a bassoonist in the United States Army Band for over 25 years and private bassoon teacher, has provided expert advice on bassoon products found in this catalog and has designed and manufactured a number of the products himself.
Jinju Carlson (Carlson Reed Co.) is currently a graduate bassoonist at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. She received her B.M. from James Madison University and spent some time working on a graduate degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She does some freelancing in the Boston and Virginia areas when she can. Her principal teachers include Dr. Susan Barber, Stephen Paulson and Dr. Matthew Ruggiero.
Ms. Carlson's reeds are hand made using Donati and Rieger cane from tubes. They are gouged on a Reeds 'n Stuff gouger: 1.2mm+/- .1mm, profiled on a Popkin Machine, and shaped with the Rieger 1A shape. She scrapes her reeds over 3-5 days to help prevent dramatic changes due to weather. Each reed is tested for response in the high and low registers, tone and intonation (A=440). Reed dimensions: tube-30mm, blade-28mm+/- 1mm. A fourth wire is used to keep the end of the tube round and adjustable.
Ovidio Danzi is a fully tenured professor at the Academy of Music in Bergamo, Italy. He was principal with "La Scala" Theater of Milan for sixteen years. Upon retiring from performing, Mr. Danzi continues to teach and research how to achieve the most advanced solutions in double reeds, both cane and construction, with careful attention to quality, consistency and performance.
Cathy Marmolejo (CM Bassoon Reeds) has been a freelance bassoonist as well as private bassoon teacher for over 20 years. All of her reeds are completely handmade from beginning to finish, with special care taken to assure quality and consistency.
Pisoni bassoon reeds are commercially-made reeds made in Italy.