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Last updated on Apr 26, 2023

The current wait is 2-3 weeks on all reeds and cane orders.
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Aaron Lakota

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Be Happy Obo(e)ing

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  • Aaron Lakota

    Owner, Reed Maker

    A Performer, teacher, and reed maker, Aaron feels that every community should have access to artistic expression, every student should have access to education and passionate teachers, and every oboist should have access to high quality oboe reeds.

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  • Printful

    NC, United States

    Designed by Aaron Lakota, processed and fulfilled by Printful

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2021


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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

-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.

How long will an oboe reed last?

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

How would you describe the sound quality of A.Lakota oboe reeds?

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.

How do you sanitize oboe reeds against Corona virus?

Please see my complete sanitation practices by following this link. reed sanitation against Corona

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