I made a mistake. Strike that. Several mistakes. One that could have completely ruined my bassoon. So besides the time it took attempting to fix it myself and $35 for tools and labor, I am going to write about my experience as penance. In hopes that you can learn from my mistakes or at the very least have some resources to deal with your own.
My bassoon had just returned from the shop for several weeks. It wasn't in for much, but I had asked Steve to do some major work on my flute and bari, which needed to be done pretty quickly for some upcoming gigs. So it had been a couple weeks since I had played my bassoon, as I was preparing for those gigs as well. It was a Monday morning, and I had played through a lesson in the New Weissenborn Method. I usually let the horns air dry in the stand for a bit, but I will also swab to remove any excess moisture as well before putting it away. For whatever reason, I just wasn't thinking about it, I grabbed the boot swab and tried to pull it through the wing joint.Read More