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Moon River Oboe Reeds

Designed For Players Seeking Larger Oboe Reed Apertures Due To Dry Climate Or Personal Preference

Moon River Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and hand finished with care for best results.  They are designed for players seeking somewhat larger apertures than are typically achieved with my standard 10.5-11 diameter cane. This customization is especially important to players from West Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and other arid regions where the shrinkage of moderate sized reed apertures causes some reeds to become unplayable. A larger aperture offset will alleviate this problem in most cases. This same design is also appreciated by players in less arid conditions with stronger embouchures and fully developed production systems. 

Construction/Scrape Details:

  • I draw medium to medium hard strength cane from the best 10.25-10.5 inventory.  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.  This is the best size staple for the results I seek.
  • 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 125 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.


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