Fox 3 Shape Finished Reed


Professionally designed and hand-processed by Catherine Van Handel insuring a performance quality product. Handmade to order. Ready to play out of box.


  • Made out of hand-selected Danzi cane
  • Shaped by hand with a Fox 3 straight shaper
  • Profiled by hand with Catherine Van Handel’s profile dimensions
  • 4 reed wires attached to the reed with the use of 22 gauge brass wire
  • Hand-wrapped in FF nylon thread and melted/sealed with beeswax 

Further notes on the Fox 3 Shape: The Fox 3 shape produces a reed that has a wider tip and wider tube than the Fox 2 shape, thus playing notes on the lower range of the bassoon is easier and has a “warmer” and “darker” sound than reeds made from the Fox 2 Shape.

All finished reeds are custom-made and handmade to order – all sales are final.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

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“Catherine’s reeds produce a big, even, rich and ringing sound, with great response and stable intonation in all registers.  They are finished to the point where I felt comfortable performing on them right away – the sound makes me feel good!  There is also enough ‘wiggle room’ for minor adjustments based on personal preference and the context in which they will be played. I am very happy with all of them and I’m confident that her reeds are suitable for performance in any orchestra hall.”

-Steven Dibner, Associate Principal Bassoon of the San Francisco Symphony

“These reeds are READY TO GO. I had no problem playing all registers and dynamics, while maintaining pitch and tone throughout. They arrived less than a week from my online order and the construction of the reed looks well done. I love the use of beeswax instead of duco and the reed fit perfectly on my bocal. I highly recommend these reeds. I even used them on my rehearsal the other night and it felt comfortable and projected beautifully.”

-Joshua Baker, Principal Bassoon of The Florida Orchestra


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