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Avignon Oboe Reeds

Best Oboe Reed Brand For Players Seeking A Dark, Focused Tone With Maximum Expression

Avignon Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped. They are  designed for players seeking a warm, beautiful reed with extra focus in tone.  Reeds sound great and have a distinctive tone color and response within my product line.  They are part of my premium collection and include Elite Professional, Professional and Intermediate models. 

  • Reeds are made exclusively with my Avignon cane inventory.  It consists of true medium to medium hard strengths with thick walls and higher densities. Cane is precision processed for best results.  Reeds are tied with turquoise thread for easy identification. 
  • I fulfill orders in real time, and select blanks from my inventory based on aperture size.  Smaller apertures are reserved for student reeds.  Note: I try to keep a week's worth of blanks on hand to promote faster turnaround.
  • All reeds are made with my signature American long scrape. 
  • Every reed receives dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to assignment and shipment.
  • My process supports the optimum balance of the four pillars of the oboe reed: stability, pitch, tone and response. Extra weight is given to the response factor. While higher end reeds are distinguished by added nuance which promotes darker tone color, these reeds are generally very warm and forgiving at every level.

Experience Level:

  • Avignon Oboe Reeds are available in intermediate, professional and elite models. They are designed for highly capable players with developing to expert embouchures.
  • Players will find subtle increases in reed aperture size coupled increased warmth, roundness of tone and dynamic range as they move up grades.

Construction/Scrape:

  • I draw from the best cane from my inventory and process it with precision for optimum results. Cane is sorted for quality, conformation, diameter, strength and density and then matched with my objectives.
  • Medium range shape (currently  Mack ++). Additional shapes available for custom models.
  • Mounted on a professional Chiarugi 47 mm 2+ staple with a natural cork and brass core. 
  • Tie length is 73 mm. Cane is offset from the staple median by a couple of degrees to create extra torque in the tie.
  • Professional Reeds receive up to 3 scrape/drying cycles, as needed.  Intermediate reeds receive up to 2 drying cycles as needed.  
  • Reeds are finished with a defined heart and tip. The heart is @.40 mm in thickness along the sides of the spine. The rest of the scrape depends on what is needed in pursuit of the four pillars described above.  Finished length target is 70mm. It is never longer, and sometimes 69.5 to address pitch issues.