Student oboe reed- A.Lakota Reeds -Handmade oboe reeds provide the best results.

Student oboe reed- A.Lakota Reeds -Handmade oboe reeds provide the best results.


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cane, staple, cork, thread

High quality student oboe reeds, handmade by professional oboist, reed maker and teacher, Aaron Lakota.

A.Lakota student oboe reeds provide a much better alternative to the traditional mass produced reeds. A.Lakota student reeds provide much better tone, intonation and response at the same price as reeds available in the music shops.

The A.Lakota student oboe reed is designed to be slightly less resistant than the professional reeds. This is done by making the heart slightly thinner than other reeds in the shop. Slightly more cane from the heart and leave the back slightly thicker to compensate for pitch. The result leaves a fine working reed but not quite as refined as the professional oboe reeds.

I am currently using a Pfieffer/Mack shape on student oboe reeds. I am constantly testing ideas on my own beginning students to find the best student oboe reeds for those players in their first few years on the instrument.These student oboe reeds work best with students in their first 1-4 years of playing.

Student oboe reeds are made over the course of 2-3 days. This is less time than the professional level reeds. I take more cane off the reeds initially, especially in the heart. I spend less time defining and balancing the very tip with the rest of the reed. The windows and spine tend to be less defined as well due to less balancing.

These reeds are made from the same high-quality materials as all other A.Lakota reeds, but have a synthetic cork, which allows easier insertion and removal to and from the oboe.

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Aaron Lakota

Aaron Lakota

Northampton, Massachusetts

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-Soak new reeds in warm water for one minute. Remove excess water and allow reeds to sit another minute.Soak reeds longer as they get older. Full article on my website
-I suggest squeezing new SOAKED reeds closed between thumb and pointer finger for 30 seconds.
-If the reeds are slightly flat squeeze the heart area closed (about 10 mm behind the tip)
-If the high notes (D and above) do not speak or octaves sag place a small amount of pressure on the cane just above the thread.
I feel the life of a reed can be expected last between 7-12 hours of playing, if it is taken care of, and given time to sit between playing. I feel the “sweet spot” within the life of a reed is around 4-8 hours of playing, obviously dependent on the quality of the cane, how well the reed has been cared for, oboe reed soaking rituals as well as other factors. I feel at this point in the life of a reed it should be able to played with a loose embouchure/ no biting, have great dynamic range, great range of expression in tone color and intensity, and be stable in pitch throughout the full range of the instrument. If you buy one reed at a time the reed will likely last closer to 7 hours of playing since it will
I feel the main point of an oboe reed is to vibrate well and resonate. I search for a lot of resonance in my own oboe playing and make reeds to resonate. I strive for complexity within the sound and make reeds that allow me to make a complex and balanced tone (as I hear it). I do not describe my reeds as creating a bright or dark tone, since I am not sure I understand what those terms mean, or that anyone truly agrees on what those terms objectively mean. I feel people often use the term “dark” to describe a tone they like, and “bright” to describe a tone they do not like. Most oboe reed makers seem to advertise their reeds as creating a “dark” tone. I am sure the reed makers all sound lovely on the reeds they play.


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