The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that plays music written in the bass and tenor clefs, and occasionally the treble. Appearing in its modern form in the 19th century, the bassoon figures prominently in orchestral, concert band, and chamber music literature. It is known for its distinctive tone color, wide range, variety of character, and agility.
Bassoon reeds are made from a common species of grass called Arundo Donax, or giant cane. This strong, lightweight fibrous plant has been used in a variety of applications and can grow to more than 30 feet tall! For bassoon reeds, the cane is harvested from plants at least 60 years old, with an outside diameter of about an inch.