Rieger Shape 1 Bassoon Reed - Multicolour

  • $21.50

  • Ex Tax: $19.55
  • Price in reward points: 60

A solid all rounder - good for students and beginners!

Light and responsive, this multicolour chappy is a medium to light all-round reed with good responsiveness and solid tone.  The Rieger 1 has a wide throat so it is well balanced (meaning it plays well in all registers), but not as strong on the very high notes as the Rieger 1a.   


After subjecting the Rieger 1 to all kinds of tests we’ve found it’s very stable, especially on the middle E.  We find this to be a good beginner to intermediate student reed, but for advanced players who appreciate a lighter reed to breeze the quiet entries, this reed could also be on your shopping list. 

It does have a softer mouth-feel and is well suited to students for this reason.  For beginners, being able to make a sound, start a note and learn how to keep the reed vibrating, is part of the journey of learning bassoon.  This reed will makes these early steps easy.  It is also well suited to shorter practice sessions, as it tends to retain water which can reduce its responsiveness after a few hours of consistent playing.  This reed is also ideal for fagotinos, tenoroons and other mini-bassoon options!

More Information

Georg Rieger, has been playing bassoon for 65 years.   A skilled tool maker and reed maker, has a passion for making tools and machines for reed making, based on his own playing experience.  Rieger Bassoon Reeds are made in Germany in the heart of the Black Forest.  Now a thriving industrial enterprise with a skilled team of technicians, Rieger is proud of the reliability and success of their products.  56 years of development and manufacture ensure that Rieger produce high quality reeds with above average durability and functionality.


Laboratory method 

Normally suppliers will provide information on their reeds for us to publish on our website.  This was not the case with Rieger reeds.  Therefore, we undertook our own testing.  Under strict laboratory conditions (aka:  the lounge room), within a temperature controlled environment (the split system was on), we chose a random sample of reeds (just picked some from the box) and carefully tested them (we had a decent play on each one).   

The bassoons involved in the testing were “Manfred” a slick young Yamaha and “Poulty”, the haunted 1960’s model Puchner. 

We strapped crisp white paper into our clipboards, donned pencils behind our ears and blew, buzzed and played until we had nutted out the properties of each reed.  Then we bought out the precision measuring instruments (the plastic ruler Matt had from high school) and noted the physical properties of each reed (ie: length and width).  The results are presented in the reed description.  We hope our testing helps you make your reed choice!  

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