„Playing the oboe would be such a pleasure, if only one didn't have to
Does this sound familiar? I must admit, the thought has crossed my mind a
few times. But, despite all of its challenges, I have always enjoyed making
reeds. I would like to thank my colleague Holger Burke for an inspiring
reedmaking exchange during our time together in the Mainfranken Theater
Würzburg. It was with him that I learned to appreciate the dial indicator. Over
the years Suitbert Walter has answered many a question regarding staples and
Working with my students at the Universities of Music in Würzburg and Nuremberg
for the past twelve years has provided me with a lot of additional experience. In the course of my collaboration
with Professor Jochen
Müller-Brincken in Würzburg I became familiar with his approach to
reedmaking. Not only did he make it possible for me to expand my knowledge, but
also to improve my proficiency with students, as well as refine my own personal
During our student days I had inspired discussions with Andreas Mendel
concerning reedmaking. His willingness to consider all questions, his skill and
his expertise have been a great help. Furthermore, Andreas Mendel, my colleague
Simone Preuin and my family were all invaluable proofreaders.
Time and again I have
been asked to put my reedmaking knowledge on paper. With this book "Reliable Reeds" I would
like to share my expertise as clearly and easily understandable as possible.
There is probably no such thing as a perfect reed, but by applying system to
our work, we can make production more reliable.