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

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



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  • Materials: cane, staple, thread

A Handmade, professional oboe reed, made to be well balanced in all registers with a beautiful rich resonant tone. A.Lakota Reeds will help you to “Be Happy Oboe-ing”

I make all A.Lakota professional oboe reeds using high-quality, brass oboe staples. Chiarugi oboe staples are crafted in Italy.
The oboe staples used on these oboe reeds are 47mm long.

I currently use a Pfiefer/Mack shape on these professional oboe reeds. The shape is medium-medium/narrow width and works well with my gouge and style of oboe reed. I have been using this shape for many years so I am well accustomed to the tendencies. I feel it has a beautiful rich sound without sacrificing stability. It provides good intonation and articulation in all registers, for players with a moderately loose embouchure. You may like to try my wide shaped professional oboe reeds, if you have a tight embouchure.

A.Lakota professional oboe reeds are made with a focus on function first and then finished to have a full resonant sound. All A.Lakota professional oboe reeds are handmade, using traditional methods, top of the line machines, and quality materials.

Comparatively, to other oboe reeds on the market, I perceive my professional oboe reeds to be slightly less resistant than other oboe reed makers. I like my oboe reeds to vibrate freely without controlling them too much with my embouchure I observe them to have a thinner tip and more removed from the windows just behind the heart. I aim to get as complex of a tone as possible with overtones throughout the sound. I do not strive for “Darkness”of sound, I strive for “fullness”.

I do not anticipate that all oboe reed buyers will have the same concept of sound, embouchure, or air as me. I hope to help customers find the best oboe reed for their style of playing. I want to help you to find the right oboe reed and reed maker.

It should be noted that I am making oboe reeds in Massachusetts. A place where the climate changes regularly. Oboe reeds can function slightly differently in different climates and altitudes. I welcome your feedback about how the reeds are working in any given environment when you receive them. Please let me know if the oboe reeds you receive from season to season seem to have different qualities. I aim to make a great products for customers, no matter where they live. Feedback allows me to be a better oboe reed maker.

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71 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Jason Woolcott Dec 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great experience with ALakotaReeds. Reeds were of excellent quality and play very well. (My son gave me a lot of specific and technical feedback, which I can't recall). It was clear when we were exploring our options that ALakota is passionate about his reeds. We spent a lot of time exploring his etsy page and website. Order was processed quickly, even over a holiday weekend, and arrived well in time for an important concert. Reeds were packaged well. Communications were personal and engaging. Will definitely buy from again.

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Reviewed by Inactive Sep 29, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Great balanced reeds. I’m a professional oboist, but I’m also a solo parent to a young son and honestly sometimes reed making just does NOT spark joy at the end of a long day! I appreciate these, they are definitely useful to me!!!!

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Philis Apr 11, 2021

4 out of 5 stars

Nicely made reed. Some scraping needed. They work well.

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Janelle Southern Sep 21, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Ordering oboe reeds online has felt risker than playing the lottery. Usually I've had to remove significant amounts of cane to make the reed playable and then tune it. THESE reeds, however, are perfect out of the box! Beautifully shaped with lovely light windows for a resonant sound. By the end of rehearsal this morning I was nailing pitch with no muss, no fuss, no bother, and no additional work required on my part. Price was great, especially for the quality. I will definitely be back!!!

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