Handmade Beginner Oboe Reed
**Surprise me thread is the only color option available at this time. When I return from Maternity Leave, color options will be back!**
One handmade beginning level reed is shaped on a nagamatsu shaper tip, from an Innoledy gouge. The reed tied on a 47mm MSA oboe staple and measures a total of 70-71mm. This reed is great for students who are just starting out. It is easy to play, has a warm and rich sound, and has a thicker tip. Beginners tend to break reeds easily, especially when the tip of the reed is very thin so these reeds are made with that in mind. All reeds I personally play-check for intonation, response, and excellent tone.
My first priority in reed making is to make the reed responsive and easy to play on, even in my professional level reeds. Secondly I ensure that each reed consistently plays in tune at 440. I am very careful to check the octaves in the upper register so the reed does not require pinching or biting to play in tune. Once these two elements are present, a beautiful, warm, full sound always emerges.
My reeds are superior because I am a band director. I have seen what works and what doesn't with beginning oboe students and advanced students. Before I began teaching in a school district, I only sold my reeds to my oboe students. Then I was able to fix a reed whenever a student was struggling with it. But now that I am directing a band program of over 250 students, I don't have time to adjust reeds every time I see my student. I have a very accurate picture of a student needs from their reed. I ensure that it is complete and ready to play!
Here is a guide to help you select your reed type and strength
Beginner Medium/Soft Reed--These reeds are for beginners who are just learning to play or have only been playing a few months. They are very easy to play but will not provide the mature tone that the intermediate or professional reeds will supply. www.etsy.com/listing/170185242/handmade-beginner-oboe-reed
Intermediate Medium Reed--If you are unsure of which reed to order, this is a great place to start. These reeds will play "broken in" after very little use. They are easy to play but still provide a mature sound and are a great follow up to the Beginning Medium/Soft reeds. These reeds are great for any level, but are best for students who have been playing for 6 months- 3 or 4 years. These reeds are completely finished and will not have much room for alterations. https://www.etsy.com/listing/170186238/handmade-intermediate-oboe-reed
Intermediate Medium/Hard Reed--These reeds are less responsive than the Intermediate Medium Reeds. They have darker tone and have more room for you to tailor your reed to your playing style. They have a thicker tip and will take more time to break them in. Students who order these reeds are advanced middle school students or freshmen or sophomores in High school. https://www.etsy.com/listing/170186238/handmade-intermediate-oboe-reed
Professional Medium Reed--The professional reeds have a nicer staple that really open the reeds up and sing beautifully. The Medium reeds are the reeds that I would most likely play on myself and will play already "broken in". https://www.etsy.com/listing/170186400/handmade-professional-oboe-reed
Professional Medium/Hard Reed-- The professional reeds have a nicer staple that really open the reeds up and sing beautifully. They have darker tone and have more room for you to tailor your reed to your playing style. They have a thicker tip and will take more time to break them in. https://www.etsy.com/listing/170186400/handmade-professional-oboe-reed
Professional Hard Reed-- The professional reeds have a nicer staple that really open the reeds up and sing beautifully. These reeds would be great for an oboist who feels that a Medium/Hard reed just isn't hard enough!! They will have lots of room for adjustment and will be less responsive than the Medium/Hard reeds. Buyer beware...these are hard! https://www.etsy.com/listing/170186400/handmade-professional-oboe-reed
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255 reviews4.5 out of 5 stars
My daughter has been playing oboe for a few months & was already getting fed up with machine-made reeds. These sounded great & she was smiling ear-to-ear.That you can choose your own color of thread makes it even more fun! We have already ordered more. Thank you.
Great reeds! We have searched and searched for great reeds and finally we have found them!!!! :-) Totally AWESOME!!!
Tried the medium soft and now medium twice now. Medium soft is great for my first year and some second year students. I would recommend the medium for my students with a slightly stronger embouchure- end of middle school and high school. It's rare to find a medium soft reed that plays with such a warm tone. Bravo !
Haven’t played oboe in a long time so needed a new reed and this one delivered! Despite being out of practice I was able to actually play notes so now I can practice properly. The surprise me color option is fun because you never know what you will get. I know I’ll be ordering more in the future!
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