For more than 50 years bassoon and contrabassoon reeds manufactured by Windeler have been a guarantee for quality and consistency. Hermann Windeler, a bassoon player for the Opern und Museumsorchester Frankfurt am Main, founded this company back in 1955 and since then it has acquired a worldwide reputation for its bassoon reeds.

With incredible inventiveness and ingenious ambition, he continued to perfect the production of the reed (still then in its infancy) that we know today. After his death, the business was run by his wife for a few months.

If Hermann Windeler's son Reinhard, bassoon player with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, had not built the firm up again in 1983, the complete knowledge which had been accumulated would have been lost. Due to ill health in 2006, Reinhard Windeler decided to pass the production on to me after giving me a thorough introduction into the work and background of the company.

I was born in Baden-Baden and was priviledged to have my first bassoon lessons at the age of 13 years with Helmut Böcker and Bernd Andres, both bassoon players with the SWF Symphony Orchestra in Baden-Baden.

I studied in Mannheim at the Musikhochschule under the leadership of Professor Alfred Rinderspacher. At this time I also took lessons with Thomas Held, solo bassoon player with the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hanover. After my university studies in Mannheim, I passed through soloist level under the leadership of Oscar Bohorquez at the Musikhochschule Aachen.

Both university courses were passed with excellence. My commencement in orchestras began with a work placement for one year at the SWF Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden.

After several short term contracts with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Kiel, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Baden-Baden and the Symphony Orchestra in Wuppertal, I was offered the position of second bassoon player with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Freiburg. After successfully passing the trial year, I relocated to the Lower Saxony State Orchestra in Hanover in 1997 in the same position and this is where I am still employed.

Best regards, Nicolas Müller (company owner)

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