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About Double Reed Ltd. - The Bassoon and Oboe Specialists

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Double Reed Ltd. is a family-owned business based in Newport, South Wales. We have for sale top quality oboes, bassoons, mini bassoons, contrabassoons and bassoon accessories. Oliver Ludlow handles purchasing and sales, Martin Ludlow deals with marketing and administration.

We aim to be the most friendly, helpful and professional double reed instrument and accessory sales company, and are always striving to improve our service.

New Bassoons, Crooks and Accessories
Our range includes

  • Mini bassoons, tenoroons, bassoons and contrabassoons;
  • Crooks (bocals) from Heckel and (exclusively to us) from Harman. Harman crooks have a growing reputation and are well worth trying; and
  • Bassoon accessories from Kölbl, Konig & Meyer and other top suppliers.
  • Our own bassoon case

Secondhand Oboes, Bassoons and Crooks
Our second hand bassoons are offered with:

Our aim is to take the risk out of buying a good value instrument, either new or secondhand.

Free Post and Packing
We offer free post and packing in the UK for everything we sell, and sell all around the world at amazingly low shipping costs. If you are from outside the UK, we are able to help you buy easily and without worry.

Our Specialist Expertise
We offer specialist knowledge and expertise to those wishing to buy a new or previously-owned bassoon or oboe, allowing our customers to buy with confidence.
We always have a substantial stock of instruments, so if you don't see what you are looking for, just ask as we may have it in stock awaiting a service or we may have one about to come in.

Visitors Welcome
We welcome visitors by appointment; all the instruments on this site are ready to play and buy, unless otherwise indicated, if you would like to come and try any of them. We are based a short distance from Newport City Centre, around half a mile from Newport Railway Station (on the main London to South Wales line), and just off Junction 27 of the M4. We are also less than 2 hours from Heathrow and less than an hour from Cardiff and Bristol airports.

See our Blog
To learn a bit more about us and our approach, why not look at our Bassoon Blog?


Big Double Reed Day 2015
Part of our trade stand at the Big Double Reed Day 2015 on Sunday 29th November at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Barbican, London).

Big Double Reed Day 2015

Bear-Faced Bassoonery, Bristol, November 2015
At one of Laurence Perkins' Bear-Faced Bassoonery bassoon introductory sessions, at Bristol University, featuring a try-a-bassoon-for-the-first-time session on our bassoons. Four bassoons and one mini bassoon all being tried at once by very enthusiastic first-timers.

Bear-Faced Bassoonery event


Oxford Bassoon Day 2014
We showed our range of instruments again this year at the Oxford Bassoon Day, on Sunday 28 September 2014.

Oxford Bassoon Day 2014

Gloucestershire Double Reed Day 2014

We exhibited at the Gloucestershire Double Reed Day at Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham on Sunday 29th June 2014.

Gloucestershire Double Reed Day

Birmingham Conservatoire Double Reed Day 2014
We exhibited at Birmingham Conservatoire's Double Reed Day on Sunday 1st June 2014.

Big Double Reed Day 2013
We exhibited at the Big Double Reed Day 2013 on Sunday 24th November at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Barbican, London). We had a great time, meeting lots of bassoonists old and young at this well-attended event.

Bassoons for sale

Oxford Bassoon Day
We had a great time exhibiting a selection of our bassoons and accessories at the Oxford Bassoon Day at the end of September 2013 in this beautiful 14th Century Abbey (without windows!) Sarah Burnett, principle bassoon of the Britten Sinfonia, led the day.

Oxford Bassoon Day 2013
Picture courtesy of Clive Fairbairn

British Double Reed Society Annual Convention 2013
We had a trade stand at this year's BDRS Annual Convention at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on 5th May 2013.

contrabassoon for sale

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Weekend 2012
We had a stand at last year's RNCM Wind Weekend, which took place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 10th-11th November 2012.

bassoon gig bag case for sale

Big Double Reed Day 2012
We also had a stand at last year's Big Double Reed Day, which was held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Barbican, London) on 28th October 2012.

mini bassoon for sale

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