BillysBassoonReeds

Beautifully Handcrafted Bassoon and Contrabassoon Reeds

Chandler, Arizona On Etsy since 2015

BillysBassoonReeds

Beautifully Handcrafted Bassoon and Contrabassoon Reeds

Chandler, Arizona | 276 Sales

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!

Announcement

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!

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Billy Leenheer

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Billy Leenheer

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(40)
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  • 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.

  • Peter on Mar 28, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    fast and speedy and in my favourite colour. Haven't played it yet, but my last one was great!

  • Sarah on Jan 30, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful reeds! My daughter has played bassoon for 5 years. We are thoroughly happy with your reeds!

  • DeeJay on Jan 29, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I told him what kind of characteristics I was looking for in a reed and my current bassoon setup. He got it spot on. I am very impressed. I will certainly order again!

  • rbmurphy2 on Jan 3, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I didn't need to do anything to this reed except close the opening very slightly. The blank produced a nicer tone quality than the finished reed I ordered. If you prefer a firmer reed and don't have the time or desire to make them yourself, these blanks are a good, affordable option.

  • rbmurphy2 on Jan 3, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The reed works well. I was able to get a good, solid tone from bottom to top, except for the highest E. The lower register is especially nice and easy.

About BillysBassoonReeds

Sales 276
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!

Shop policies

More information

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.