Herzberg Shape Reed Blank


Professionally designed and hand-processed by Catherine Van Handel insuring a performance quality product. The reed blank is ready for the bassoonist to clip, scrape, and “finish” the reed at delivery.


  • Made out of hand-selected Danzi cane
  • Shaped by hand with a Herzberg 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 Herzberg Shape: Developed by famed pedagogue and reed-maker, Norman Herzberg, while he was teaching at the University of Southern California, this shape is widely used by professionals across the country.  With a slightly narrow blade and flared tube made especially for beveling, Herzberg reeds are structurally some of the strongest available.  They are favored by many orchestral bassoonists for their centered tone and ability to project to the back of a hall.

All sales are final.

Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery.


“I can unreservedly recommend Catherine [Van Handel]’s reed blanks to anyone!  They were exceptionally well made, consistent, and helped during a period when I wanted to try many different shapes before buying different shapers.  Each blank was made with meticulous attention to detail in order to ensure the best possible results.  They can be useful to anyone from a student who is first learning how to finish reeds to a professional player looking to supplement their own blanks.  Give them a try!”  

Glenn Einschlag, Principal Bassoon, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Faculty Member, Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Toronto

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