The double reed section consists of Oboe, Cor-anglais and Bassoon. These instruments all have one thing in common – a double reed is used to produce the sound. Unlike a clarinet or a saxophone there is no mouthpiece, simply two reeds tightly secured together by wire and sound is produced by blowing into the reed and vibrating a column of air.
In the UK we use oboes with a thumb-plate mechanism. This differs slightly from other countries where a conservatoire system is used.
The Bassoon is a much bigger instrument, and it can be a challenge for small hands to cover all the holes. There are Bassoons available now that have been adapted to allow younger children to reach all the key-work.