Articles: Innovations of Herzberg Profiler/Shaper, the Symmetrical Machine
Norman Herzberg, an Honorary Member of the International Double Reed Society, is one of the most significant and influential figures in the history of American bassoon playing. He is known as both a teacher and player. One significan contribution that Herzberg has made to the bassoon world is the development of his reed profiling system, the Herzberg Profiler/Shaper. Herzberg initially introduced the Profiler/Shaper in 1981, but he made only a limited number of machines at that time. In 2002, Herzberg once again began to produce the machine. The background of the development of the Herzberg Profiler/Shaper, reveealed during a three-day interview with its inventor in 2002, as well as a detailed description of the machine and its capabilities based on the experience of the bassoon studio of the University of Colorado, College of Music, led by Yoshiyuki Ishikawa.