Contrabassoon Overhaul

In October 2015 I was honoured to be asked to present a seminar on oboe repair at the second regional NAPBIRT conference in Australia. (That’s the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians – just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it!) The conference was a great success, and the … Continue reading

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We have just taken delivery of the first Moosmann “Performer” bassoon. This is a brand new model exclusively made for Richard Craig Woodwind for the Australian market. It’s an intermediate model for advanced students at high school and university. High grade curly mountain maple with a durable lacquer finish, silver … Continue reading

Moosmann Visit

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One thing I’ve learned over the years as a technician is that the more you know, the more you realise how much you don’t know. There’s nearly always more than one solution to any problem, so I’m always up for learning new tricks and techniques. Here in Australia over the … Continue reading

Tenoroons: the Mini/Junior Debate.

“The main benefit to the tenoroon and mini bassoon is that people who want to play the bassoon can start younger,” says Catherine Millar, Head of Woodwind for Berkshire Maestros. “This means we don’t lose players to the other instruments quite so readily. If an 8 year old sees an … Continue reading

Making a Noise! Celia Craig’s perspective on the problem for double reeds

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Wanting to build your double reed department? Read this first. “Making A Noise..about the instruments that deserve to be heard…” Geoff Coates, Music Teacher magazine UK Aug 2010 There are not enough people playing oboe and bassoon worldwide. Not enough people start at school and nearly all schools struggle to … Continue reading