Rieger 1A 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 Rieger 1A fold-over 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 Rieger 1A shape: The tube of the cane is slightly narrower than the Fox shapes and has a wider flare out onto  the tip of the blade. The Rieger 1A shape is a great shape for bassoonists looking for an all-around balanced reed favoring the high register with easy response and intonation.

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

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