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Moon River Oboe Reeds

Best Oboe Reed Brand For Players Who Enjoy Somewhat Harder Cane With More Structure And Choice Of Diameter

Moon River Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped for best results. They are made with an extraordinary batch of Vic oboe cane from 2019.  This cane combines a somewhat harder shell  with a buttery interior for some of my best results.  Professional reed options are offered in 10.5, 10.5-10.75 and 10.75-11 diameters promoting more aperture size specificity. This customization is especially important to players from West Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and other arid regions where smaller diameter cane can offset the effects of cane shrinkage.  

Construction/Scrape Details:

  • Maroon/Purple string label.
  • I draw from my best quality Vic oboe cane that I sort by diameter size to promote best aperture size management.  It is precision processed for optimum results. 
  • Medium shape (currently  Mack ++). Substitutions are possible to meet aperture size and pitch objections.
  • Mounted on an unbranded professional Chiarugi 47mm 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.  Student 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.

Finishing Touches: 

  • No two reeds are ever exactly the same, and in multiple reed orders one will always be best.  
  • Tested in two rooms with and without carpet on a Loree oboe.
  • Reed prep instructions are included. 
  • When I test reeds, I try to replicate the embouchure of the player I expect to purchase it, not my own. If it is not a fit, I start over.
  • Coivid sanitized.

 

Moon River is a metaphor of yearning for the unpredictable eddies of an adventurous life, to be swept along by the currents to somewhere new: “Wherever you're going, I'm going your way.”