Beautifully Handcrafted Bassoon and Contrabassoon Reeds

Chandler, Arizona

Announcement    *Now offering free domestic shipping!*
Each reed is still hand crafted with care and given special attention to provide the best possible results in tone production, intonation, and reliability. But, now we are offering free shipping on all orders! Please take a look at all the options we have to offer to make your reed as unique as yourself!


Last updated on May 8, 2020

*Now offering free domestic shipping!*
Each reed is still hand crafted with care and given special attention to provide the best possible results in tone production, intonation, and reliability. But, now we are offering free shipping on all orders! Please take a look at all the options we have to offer to make your reed as unique as yourself!


Billy Leenheer

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Billy Leenheer


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lina on Sep 9, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Super awesome reed!! I love how it sounds and it’s not too hard to play. I also love the colors! I’ll probably be buying another reed soon so I can get more colorful reeds with great quality.

  • Sarah on Mar 17, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent as always!!! Wonderful communication, and fast shipping!

  • Lauren on May 9, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    The reed was very easy to play on and only needed small adjustments to fit my preferences.

  • Rhonda on Nov 23, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best playing reeds I have had. The profile is perfect right out of the box, needed little to no adjustment. Great price, for a great reed. Will buy again

  • zmherbst on Nov 22, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    THIS REED IS INCREDIBLE. I can't believe it played in-tune without having to scrape or shape it at all! I have been shopping around to find a bassoon reed that doesn't require so much work after purchasing (every time I get a new reed it is a nightmare, and I had accepted it as the curse of the bassoonist). I usually buy the Jones Artist bassoon reeds but always have to do a lot of work to them and other people's reeds are always too soft or have poor pitch and require a large amount of scraping/shaping. Thank you Billy for an awesome reed, fast turn-around, and fun thread colors! I'll be in-tune and sounding great for my band's virtual concert this December. I will definitely buy from you again. :) Happy Holidays!

  • Katherine on Jul 21, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I am a 20 year old trumpet player who has been playing bassoon for almost a year now and this is one of the most consistent reeds I have ever played on. I love how long it is, as it is often difficult to find a reed that is long enough but this is perfect! I am absolutely delighted with my intonation, articulation and tone quality on this reed throughout my registers! I had to do very little adjusting of the wires and no scraping, it was just ready to play! Also, as a beginning bassoonist, one of my biggest problems with reeds is them not fitting on the bocal and me not being able to do much about it since I haven't invested in a reamer yet. However, this reed fit beautifully on my bocal (slid right on!) and that is just so appreciated. Billy clearly puts so much thought, effort and craftsmanship into making these reeds. :)

  • Lauren on Jul 8, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I only ordered one reed to assure it was comfortable for my son. We just received it yesterday and he tried it. He loves it! I will definitely be ordering more to keep on hand. Thank you!!

  • Simeon on Apr 19, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The reed I received was in great condition, and plays very well I will order from this person again sometime

  • Brandon on Apr 10, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Well made reed, but was stuffy and unresponsive on my bassoon. It was significantly larger than any reed I have ever played on, so it may just be the wrong style for me. I would recommend for people playing on 2 1/4 inch reeds or larger.

    Update: Best customer service I have ever experienced on Etsy. Billysbassoonreeds sent out a customized reed to my specific needs! Thanks!!

  • Tricia on Apr 3, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Well made reed. Secure, fast shipping.

About BillysBassoonReeds

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On Etsy since 2015

This has become a combination of my love for making reeds and my passion for elevating students' performance.

I am a graduate of the University of Delaware who has been making reeds for myself and others for years. I wanted to share my ability and reach out to bassoonists and contrabassoonists everywhere by providing affordable, high quality reeds. Being a bassoon player myself I understand how difficult it can be to find reliable reeds online, that are actually affordable.
All reeds are meticulously hand crafted by me with the intent of easy playing, great intonation, and versatility in sound production. The blanks I provide are worked in enough to be playable throughout but still allow for personal adjustments to be made. The finished reeds are all tested by me and made to have a dark, rich sound while still being free and articulate. The contrabassoon reeds are also finished to with the aim of accurate intonation and a rich, vibrant tone that accentuates the gorgeous low sounds of the instrument.
I hope to provide reliable, affordable, and beautiful reeds to bassoon and contrabassoon players everywhere. I know my reeds will give the player a peace of mind, allowing them to focus on other aspects of their playing. I have also given the option of many different colors of thread to help give each reed a more unique and personal quality for the player.

Shop members

  • Billy Leenheer

    Owner, Creator

    I have been making bassoon reeds for over a decade, and I've learned from amazing bassoonists from all over the country. Reed making has always been a passion of mine and the love I have for it is where my shop really began! Happy bassooning!

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Last updated on Dec 30, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Custom and personalized orders are definitely possible. Please message me what kind of reed you are currently using and what changes you would like to see from my reeds. I will answer as best I can and we can discuss how exactly you'd like your order to be made.

Care instructions

The tubes that I ship the reeds in can easily be used to either soak or store reeds. Be warned, however, that you cannot store a wet reed in these tubes as it will mold. If you are using them as reed holders make sure the reeds are completely dry before closing the tube.

How do these reeds compare to store bought reeds?

Any handmade reed is better than a factory-made, store-bought reed. I put a lot of care into my reeds to make sure they play better than anything one can buy in a store. I use better quality cane, easier shapes, and personally test each reed before shipping the orders out.

Blank VS Reed

This has been an issue for a number of customers. A blank is a completely unfinished reed; I will wrap it and put wires on but I will ask if you want to tip cut. A blank is unfinished, so no work will be done to the reed, you will need to finish it and cut it on your own. A reed is completely finished and play-tested by me. Unless specifically asked, all bassoon reeds are tested and finished before sending out, unlike blanks.