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Here's a video showing how a $22 reed is produced:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smanwe3_hY8&feature=youtu.be




If that's all there is to it, ISTM most adult bassoon players could just make their own reeds.


There's quite a few tools used in that video, including a custom jig and some forms. You'd be looking at a moderate upfront investment, plus have a reasonable feel for working with the material to get it to the appropriate tolerances.




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