Herzberg Shape Reed Blank


Professionally designed and hand-processed by Catherine Chen 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 Chen’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.

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Due to increases in COVID-19 cases, please expect delays and allow 10-14 business days for delivery.

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